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NAL Vacation Bidding/Trading Strategy

Date: October 30, 2020

Flight Attendants who are bidding or being assigned to NAL schedules may want to consider certain vacation bidding strategies on how to incorporate their 2021 accrued vacation to work towards meeting their vacation accrual 60/120-hour thresholds in order to earn full vacation credit in 2022.

As set forth in our Contract and illustrated below, certain thresholds need to be met to receive half or full vacation accrual. The accrual process occurs across vacation quarters, which differ from calendar quarters, also shown below.

Hours per quarter required for vacation accrual

0 – 59 hours

0 accrual

60 – 119 hours

½ accrual

120+

Full accrual

Vacation Quarters

September – October – November

December – January – February

March – April – May

June – July – August


In order to meet the 60/120-hour credit accrual thresholds for either half (60) or full accrual (12) while working with having a maximum limit of 35 hours of flight time per month, using vacation can help fill in the gaps when incorporated strategically into our schedule. Recognizing that finding 35 hours each month from ads will be challenging in and of itself, we’ve created some examples on how you may time vacation bidding or vacation trading to help add credit time to your vacation quarters to accrue higher vacation time in 2021.

Example 1:

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

120

0

15

35

35

35

20

15

12

35

34+19:30

32

135 hours = full accrual

105 hours = ½ accrual

47 hours = no accrual

120.3 hours =full accrual


In example 1: 

  • In September the Flight Attendant finished the month with 120 credit hours before the IVFMP program started. In October and November, the Flight Attendant with the NAL schedule picked up 0 hours in October and 15 hours in November from Ads. As a result of having 135 hours for this vacation quarter, she/he will receive full vacation accrual for the quarter.
  • In December January and February, the Flight Attendant with the NAL schedule picked up 35 hours each month from Ads.  Having 105 hours, she/he will receive ½ vacation accrual based on her his seniority.
  • In March, April and May, the Flight Attendant with the NAL schedule picked up 20, 15 and 12 hours respectively from Ads.  Having 47 hours, she/he will receive no vacation accrual.
  • In June, July and August, the Flight Attendant with the NAL schedule picked up 35, 34 and 32 hours respectively from Ads. However, in July she/he also had 6-day vacation adding the additional 19:30 credit time.  Having 120:30 hours, she/he will receive full vacation accrual.

Example 2

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

90

20

10

10 + 19:30

10 + 19:30

10

20 + 19:30

20 + 19:30

25 + 19:30

10

15

30

120 hours = full accrual

69 hours = ½ accrual

123:30 hours = full accrual

55 hours = no accrual


In example 2:

  • In September the Flight Attendant finished the month with 90 hours of paid activity. In October and November, the Flight Attendant with the NAL schedule picked up 20 hours in October and 10 hours in November from Ads. Having 120 hours for this vacation quarter, she/he will receive full vacation accrual.
  • In December, January and February, the Flight Attendant with the NAL schedule picked up 10 hours each month from Ads.  In December and January, they also had 6-days of vacation each month, giving an additional 19:30 x 2 = 39 hours credit time. Having 69 hours of paid activity, she/he will receive ½ vacation accrual.
  • In March, April and May, the Flight Attendant on NAL picked up 20, 20 and 25 hours respectively from Ads.  They also had 6-days of vacation each month, giving an additional 19:30 x 3 = 58:30 credit time.  Having 123:30 hours she/he will receive full vacation accrual.
  • In June, July and August, the Flight Attendant with the NAL schedule picked up 10, 15 and 30 hours respectively from Ads. They had no vacation.  Having 55 hours, they receive no vacation accrual.

Example 3

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

78

20

22

10

21 + 19:30

10

6

78

0 + 39

78

78

78 + 19.30

120 hours = full accrual

60:30 hours = ½ accrual

123 hours = full accrual

253:30 hours = full accrual


In example 3:

  • In September the Flight Attendant held a Reserve line ended the month with 78 credit hours. In October and November, the Flight Attendant with the NAL schedule picked up 20 hours in October and 22 hours in November from Ads. Having 120 hours for this vacation quarter, she/he will receive full vacation accrual.
  • In December January and February, the Flight Attendant with the NAL schedule picked up 10 in December, 21 hours in January and 10 hours in February from Ads.  In January, they also had 6-days of vacation, giving an additional 19:30 credit time.  Having 60:30 hours, she/he will receive ½ vacation accrual.
  • In March, the Flight Attendant on NAL picked up 6 hours, in April they held a Reserve Line and finished the month with 78 hours credit, and in May, they again had a NAL schedule and picked up 0 hours, but had 12 days of vacation = 39 hours credit time. Having 123 hours credit for the vacation quarter, she/he will receive full vacation accrual. 
  • In June, July and August, the Flight Attendant was awarded a Reserve Line completing each month with 78 hours credit. She/he also had 6 vacation days, and elected to do an advance vacation fly-through = 19.30 credit.  Having 253:30 of paid activity, she/he will receive full vacation accrual.

While it might be hard to imagine vacation in 2022 and it may seem like a lifetime away, for those with NAL schedules strategic planning now is an important consideration when 2022 arrives.

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