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Second Round Awards & Vacation Trades by Seniority

Date: November 24, 2020


The Second Round Vacation Awards were published earlier this week.  The next step in the process is Open Time Trades by Seniority: 

  • After the annual vacation award, all available vacation days remaining will be published and the Open Time Trades by Seniority trade window will open on November 24th at 0800 (HDT) and will close on November 30th at 8:00 (HDT).
  • You can view Open Vacation Time Allocations from the myVacation page and selecting the “to view Vacation Open Time Click Here”
  • Create Requests between November 24th and November 30th
  • There are multiple options for criteria as well as the ability to modify and delete requests 

The system processes all requests for a Flight Attendant until one is awarded or until their requests are exhausted and no trades can be made. The order in which requests are processed is based on the “Request Priority” specified by the Flight Attendant while submitting each OT Trade by Seniority trade request. 

The system moves through the list of trade requests in seniority order, either awarding a trade or leaving the trade request as unawarded if no trades are possible for the specified dates. When the system has passed through all trade requests, it begins again with the most senior Flight Attendant and passes through any trade requests that remain unawarded in the event that a trade can now be made. 

Once a trade request has been awarded, the system will no longer look back at that particular request to see if a higher preference trade request date has become available. 

The system continues this process until all possible trades have been granted.

Full details about this process, how to view allocations, and instructions on submitting/changing/removing requests is reviewed thoroughly on our Vacation Page: https://unitedafa.org/schedule/vacation/

Vacation Timeline



Open Vacation Election Period

By September 25


Close Election Period

On October 15

By 0800 HDT

Begin First Vacation Bid Period

By October 23


Close First Vacation Bid Period

On October 31

By 0800 HDT

Post First Vacation Awards

By November 4


Begin Second Vacation Bid Period

By November 8


Close Second Vacation Bid Period

On November 16

By 0800 HDT

Post Second Vacation Awards

By November 20


Vacation Allocations Published

By November 24


Trades by Seniority Open

November 24


Trades Awarded by Seniority

On November 30


January Vacation Fly Through Opens

On December 1


Final Vacation Allocations Published

By December 4


January Vacation Fly Through closes at 10:00 HDT

On December 5


Instant Trading Open

On December 5

8:00 A LDT

For additional information regarding 2021 Vacation bidding reference the 2021 vacation page on Unitedafa.org.

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