Vacation Buy Back Explained
October 29, 2020
We have received questions from many of you asking for an explanation as to why Vacation Buy Back shall not be utilized during a Flight Attendant furlough as set forth in Section 12.D.7. of the Contract. The short and simple answer is this; not using vacation buy back preserves jobs.
The greater the amount of Vacation “sold back” through Vacation Buy Back, the fewer vacation days will be included in the monthly schedule, and, as a consequence, the number of Flight Attendants needed to fly those schedules is reduced.
On October 13, prior to the Vacation Election process closing on October 15th, we communicated about this. At that time, the Payroll Support Program was still unresolved; had we received an extension, Flight Attendants would have been recalled from furloughs and the Vacation Buy Back would have moved forward. Between the close of the Election process on October 15th and the opening of the first Vacation bid period on October 23rd, the company needed to make a decision about how many days to allocate and make available for bidding at each base. When it became clear that the CARES Act extension would not be in place when first round vacation bidding opened, backing out the Vacation Buy Back days became necessary.
Keep in mind, in addition to Vacation Buy Back, the options of Advanced or Operational Vacation Fly Through will be available and these provide options on a month-to-month basis to determine if having the time off, or having additional income available is your priority.
2021 Flight Attendant Vacation Timeline
Open Vacation Election Period By September 25
Close Election Period On October 15 0800 HDT
Begin First Vacation Bid Period
By October 23
Close First Vacation Bid Period
On October 31
Post First Vacation Awards
By November 4
Begin Second Vacation Bid Period
By November 8
Close Second Vacation Bid Period
On November 16
Post Second Vacation Awards
By November 20
Vacation Allocations Published
By November 24
Trades Awarded by Seniority
On November 30
Final Vacation Allocations Published
By December 4
Instant Trading Open
On December 5
For additional information regarding 2021 Vacation bidding reference the 2021 vacation page on Unitedafa.org.