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E-Lines: December 01, 2020

Date: December 1, 2020

Update on Interline Pass Travel for IVFMP Participants


Last week we reported on changes to Interline Pass Travel, which raised questions regarding the “active” status of IVFMP members as it relates to this travel.


Historically both Voluntary and Involuntary Furloughed Flight Attendants have been considered inactive.  As negotiated in the IVFMP Letter of Agreement, United Labor Relations and Employee Pass Travel have considered IVFMP participants as active, this created a new “category” of Flight Attendants who are unique to the ISTA carriers. Because the IVFMP is a furlough mitigation program, the ISTA carriers believed they were inactive as well, and therefore were subject to not being allowed to participate in Interline Travel programs after the March 31, 2021 exception period deadline.


To be clear, IVFMP are active and it has been our view these individuals should be included in interline travel programs. Working with management, and through particularly strong advocacy, clarification has been provided to the ISTA carriers that the IVFMP is, in fact, a program that keeps employees active while working a limited schedule. United was successful in gaining the agreement on the ISTA guidelines that will allow IVFMP members to utilize interline travel for the duration of the IVFMP program.


Flight Attendants in the IVFMP are currently active in company systems so interline travel is immediately available.  We are now working to confirm when the work will be completed to ensure their continued access beyond the March 31, 2021 extension expiration. This is the last piece of information on this program we are waiting to receive.


During these discussions, we were also advised of some additional challenges the company has now been faced with as a result of some furloughed employees having attempted to use interline tickets purchased before being placed on furlough status, during their period of furlough. United will audit all travel listings April 1, 2021 and after and will begin cancelling those bookings for anyone on involuntary furlough status.

Holiday Absence Certificate Requirement and Bonus Point for December 


Holiday Absence Certificate Requirement

United management has advised us that they will require an Absence Certificate for any sick calls for trips originating during the period of December 20, 2020 through January 4, 2021. This requirement is consistent with the language in Section 13.C.4. of our Contract and the practice in previous years.


Flight Attendants who have had no absences in the prior twelve (12) calendar months shall not be subject to the Absence Certificate requirement imposed during this holiday period.


Note:  An absence certificate is different from an physician’s note (typically used for the ½ attendance point reduction as provided for in Section 23.F.2.  The absence certificate contains personal medical information and must be submitted to United Medical, not your supervisor.


Holiday Bonus Point 

Holiday Bonus Point Requires No Point Generating Attendance December 11, 2020 – January 4, 2021. 


By mutual agreement with AFA, to supplement the language in 23.F. of our Contract, we can earn a one-point credit during the holiday season, provided the following conditions are satisfied:


Must be on active status the entire designated holiday period, and

Must work a flight segment and/or stand Reserve during the period covering December 11, 2020 – January 4, 2021, local domicile/base time, and The Flight Attendant generates zero attendance points as defined in Section 23.F.1. of the 2016 – 2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement during this same December 11, 2020 – January 4, 2021 time period.


Please note that the time period during which an Absence Certificate is required differs from the time period for this year’s holiday bonus point eligibility.

Reserve Christmas Wish List (CWL) – Now Open!  

MEC Reserve Committee


'Tis the season for Reserve Flight Attendants to indicate their layover choices around the Christmas holiday. Reserves may input their requests beginning December 1, 2020.  


Reserves may indicate their layover choices for the three (3) days preceding and two (2) days following December 25.  We will make these wish list assignments starting at 1400 local base time the day prior up through 1645 local base time on the day prior.  The Reserve Preference programming will run at 1700 Home Domicile Time (HDT) followed by the Reserve clean-up process. 


Reserves may begin entering their 2020 CWL layover requests via the site, which may be accessed in one of three ways:


Via www.unitedafa.org/wishlist

Via CCS under the Reserve tab 

Via the “Quick Links” section of the Inflight Services homepage on Flying Together.


Prior to the Reserve assignment process for:

Request must be submitted by:

22 December 2020

0600 HDT on 21 December 2020

23 December 2020

0600 HDT on 22 December 2020

24 December 2020

0600 HDT on 23 December 2020

25 December 2020

0600 HDT on 24 December 2020

26 December 2020

0600 HDT on 25 December 2020

27 December 2020

0600 HDT on 26 December 2020


For a complete description of the CWL award process, please see our full article here.There is also a “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) page within the Wish List site that answers common questions. If you have additional questions, please contact your Local Reserve Committee.

Final Vacation Process This Week – Instant Trades Open on December 5th


Vacation Seniority Trades were awarded yesterday.  The next and last in the series of steps in the process is publication of the Final Vacation Allocations by December 4th.  On December 5th Vacation Instant Trading with Open will begin and remain available throughout the year.


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 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.


On December 1st, it was two months since 100,000 aviation workers lost a paycheck. It also will mark four full months since Congress allowed federal unemployment benefits to expire for tens of millions of Americans. We must continue our fight to extend the Payroll Support Program and relief for all working Americans. 


#ReliefNow Events were held on December 1st in:

Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles. Thank you to all that participated!


We need to flood Congressional offices with calls this week. There’s a bipartisan group of Senators working to get this done. But we must get very loud, very quick again. We need to support their efforts.


We need everyone to Take Action Now by calling Congress:

SENATE: 888-848-4824
HOUSE: 888-907-9365


"Hello, I am a constituent calling to tell my (Senator/Representative) that we need relief and an extension of the Payroll Support Program TODAY. Essential workers from the first days of COVID are now out of work and without healthcare. Conditions for those still at work are getting worse. The whole country is hurting and our #WorkersFirst Payroll Support program is a jobs and infrastructure plan that is the best use of the public's money and could work as a template of relief for the whole country. Without it, we don't have the people, planes, or routes in place to effectively distribute a vaccine or help our nation recover. Inaction is not an option. #ExtendPSP We need #ReliefNow. Thank you.”


For Additional information and ways  you can make a difference, read our AFA Interactive Newsletter.

International Base Closure Online Travel Privileges Extended until May 31, 2021


There have been ongoing problems for our Members from the International bases that have been separated, related to their travel privileges as outlined in the International Base Closure Letter of Agreement.  While it was initially reported that problems had been resolved, in fact there were still issues as of November 12, 2020 which prevented some of our Members from accessing the online pass travel benefits provided for in the Letter of Agreement. 


We have expressed a view that these problems have unnecessarily delayed the re-establishment of travel for our Members and, as a result, we have asked the company, and management has agreed, to extend pass travel for this group of our Members until May 31, 2021 for a total extension of 196 days.

Link Protection Program Deadline Extended for One Week


United has announced that the enrollment for Link Protection will be extended for one week, from December 1 – December 7, where the $30 enrollment fee will be prorated based upon your enrollment opt-in date. 


You can visit United’s Help Hub and going to the Link/Sled Recovery Protection Plan – Standard Enrollment Period.  Please read the United Link Advisory in your company email for additional details.

Reminder and Quick Links

December 03 – Reject of Accept System Transfers by 2359 LDT

December 03 – GUM Surplus Bid Closes by 2359 LDT

December 04  – Final Vacation Allocations Published by 1700 Central Time

December 04 – GUM Surplus Award List posted

December 05 – Vacation Instant Trading Begins

December 07 – Link Protection Program Extension Closes

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