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Flight Attendant to Flight Attendant - Partial & Mutual Trade 4 Hour Requirement

Date: January 8, 2020

Section 7.I. & Section 8.J.

A mutual trade is defined as an agreed upon trade of a pairing or partial pairing for another Flight Attendant’s pairing. This may occur from a mutual trade advertisement where, when posted, makes it clear that a Flight Attendant is looking to exchange a pairing(s) or Reserve days off for another Flight Attendants pairing or days. This provision is provided for in Section 8.J. of the JCBA.

It is important to know that a mutual trade between two Flight Attendants must be made in CCS up to four (4) hours prior to check-in of the earliest trip involved in the trade.

By exception, if it is less than four hours (4:00) prior to check-in, two (2) Flight Attendants may complete a Flight Attendant to Flight Attendant trade (partial or entire trip trade) before check-in, but only if the following stipulations have been met:

·       Both Flight Attendants are physically present at the Base location.

·       The trade is confirmed with scheduling not later than two hours (2:00) prior to scheduled               


Flight Attendants are cautioned not to confuse a mutual trade with a straight pick-up. Pick-ups and trading have an economic impact on the individuals involved, you should always ensure you fully understand the nature of the mutual trade. Be sure to read the conditions for the mutual trade and know that it is never acceptable for one Flight Attendant to straight pick-up a pairing from mutual trades without providing the Flight Attendant with the agreed upon pairing in exchange.  This is especially true for Flight Attendants who are on sick leave.  While she/he may not be in a position because of personal illness to take her/his flight, taking the pairing off her/his line without approval will result in the Flight Attendant dropping the pairing not being paid.  This may be a highly desirable outcome for the person flying the trip, but for the person losing the flying without her/his position, the outcome can be financially devastating.  Never assume it is acceptable to remove a pairing from the line of a Flight Attendant on sick leave without her/his express permission.

Additional Information including step-by-step instructions on how to enter into mutual trades can be found in the Trip Trade and Adjustment guide located on our AFA website at www.unitedafa.org

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