October 3, 2020
The Vacation Election period opened at 0800 Home Domicile Time (HDT) on September 25 and will remain open until October 15th in order to provide the full twenty (20) day period to make elections .
Once you know the number of days that you have accrued, if you choose to participate in the optional Vacation Election process, select the “Proceed to Vacation Election” button located in the bottom right corner of the accrual letter page. You may also choose not to make any selections in the Vacation Election process and skip this step.
The vacation election screen will appear, and you will be able to make the following selections:
- Buy Back Vacation Days. Partially accrued vacation days are not eligible.
- Defer vacation days to your 401(k) or UK Stakeholder Plan
- Take Flex Vacation Days (paid or unpaid)
Vacation Buy Back*
The Company offers a vacation buy back option, which allows a Flight Attendant to take pay in lieu of accrued vacation. Flight Attendants who elect to participate must opt to “sell” at least six (6) full days of accrued vacation and partial days are not eligible. Those participating in the Buy Back program may not participate in the Flex program.
Annual Vacation Buy Back: Vacation days are “sold” back at a rate of three hours and fifteen minutes (3:15) of pay per day plus an incentive payment, which shall be determined and announced prior to the annual vacation bid. The rate of pay for Vacation buy back is based on your individual rate of pay as of 12/31/19. International Purser and Purser pay overrides are not included in your hourly rate of pay and are not applicable to Vacation Buy Back payments.
Monthly Vacation Buy Back: The Company may offer vacation buy back on a month-to-month or base-by-base basis. Vacation days are sold back at a rate of three hours and fifteen minutes (3:15) per day additionally the Company will determine whether to offer an incentive payment for month-to-month or base-by-base vacation buy back. Vacation buy back will be awarded in base seniority order.
*Note: As we have previously reported, Section 12.D.7. of our Contract provides that Vacation Buy Back is not to be utilized during a Flight Attendant Furlough. Given the ongoing effort to ensure the CARES Act is enacted, a decision was made to ensure we are collecting Flight Attendant Vacation Buy Back preferences during the Election window. In the unforeseen circumstance where the CARES Act is not enacted, the Vacation Buy Back election will not be processed and all vacation days will be bid by the respective Flight Attendant.
Deferred 401(k) Contribution
Flight Attendants may elect to contribute a minimum of seven (7) days and a maximum of fourteen (14) days of paid vacation accrued for use in 2021 into their 401(k)-savings plan account or UK Stakeholder Group Plan.
Flex Vacation Program
Flight Attendants may elect to take an additional seven days of Flex vacation. Flight Attendants taking Flex vacation will either take the additional seven days as unpaid vacation or elect to have one hour and fifty-four minutes (1:54) pay deducted from their earnings each month to pay for the Flex vacation week. Flight Attendants who opt for paid Flex vacation will have their last seven days of their last awarded vacation period designated as Flex. Flight Attendants who opt for unpaid Flex vacation will have the first seven days of the first vacation period designated as Flex.
Once you have finished making your choices, select ‘Submit’. A confirmation page will be displayed detailing your 2021 elections. It is recommended that you keep a copy of this confirmation page for your records.
At any time while the vacation election period is open you can return to the vacation election page and change/update your selections. Once the election period is closed, changes can no longer be submitted, and the last page submitted will determine your elections.