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Reserve Christmas Wish List – Open December 1st, 2020

Date: December 1, 2020

Reserve Christmas Wish List – Open December 1st, 2020

MEC Reserve Committee


Reserve Christmas Wish List (CWL) is a Reserve assignment procedure that is provided for in Section 8.H.8.c. of our Contract. At Christmas, for the three (3) days preceding and two (2) days following the holiday, Reserve Flight Attendants may preference up to four (4) layover stations where they want to layover on the holiday. If legal and available, requests shall be awarded in Inflight seniority order. You may access the Reserve Christmas Wish Listportal in one of three ways:


1.     Via www.unitedafa.org/wishlist

2.     Via CCS under the Reserve tab, or 

3.     Via the Quick Links section of the Inflight Services page on Flying Together.


To accommodate these preferences during the CWL period, and prior to running the regular Reserve Preferencing System, under the terms of the Contract, Crew Scheduling employs a manual procedure that differs from that of assigning by Time Accrued (TMAC) order and Reserve Ordering (which is described in Section 8.C. of the Contract). The modified process, described below, places the individual Flight Attendant's layover request as the main consideration for pairing assignments, in seniority order.


NOTE: Flight Attendants will continue to be assigned within their designated sub-base.


1.     Starting at 1400 HDT and concluding at 1645 HDT on the day prior, assignments will be made by matching the available Reserves with open pairings according to their CWL layover choices. These choices are listed, not ranked, 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th. If any of the listed choices are available, the most senior, legal Reserve requesting that layover should be awarded the trip.


2.     Scheduling will proceed through the open trip file in this manner, granting as many wishes as possible.


3.     Once all possible CWL requests have been awarded, Crew Scheduling will create a record of all granted CWL requests and will return to the Contractual Reserve assignment procedures without further consideration of CWL requests for the assignment day:


·       At approximately 1700 HDT the remaining open trips will be assigned to remaining Reserves using the regular Reserve Preferencing System.


·       Any pairings that become open while the Reserve Preferencing System is running will be assigned during the subsequent clean-up process in day-of-availability and TMAC order, in accordance with Section 8.C. of the Contract.


·       Crew Scheduling will complete the process by assigning the remaining Reserves to either Ready Reserve status or to Released for the following day.



Some important points to remember:


·       The CWL system officially opens on December 1st, 2020. Any layover preferences input prior to that date will need to be re-entered in order to be considered for the 2020 CWL period.


·       CWL preferences may only be entered via the online portal. Requests will not be accepted over the telephone by contacting Crew Scheduling.


·       Only one (1) CWL request may be granted per Flight Attendant during the CWL period.


·       CWL requests will be considered and granted within each of the following sub-bases as applicable: Regular Reserve (FA), International Purser Reserve (FM-L) and each Language Qualified Reserve group (LS).


·       Requested assignments that require a Flight Attendant to “opt” will be granted, and the Flight Attendant automatically opted for the balance of the month.


·       Flight Attendants will not be deadheaded to other bases in order to grant their wish.


·       Reserves assigned as part of CWL shall be released to check-in and shall not be subject to displacement from the pairing by a Lineholder, consistent with Section 8.D.11. of the Contract.


·       Assignments made to Ready and Standby Reserves will not consider CWL layover requests.


·       Preferences may be altered at any time up until the deadline for each day (see below schedule). Only the latest request/update made prior to each deadline will be considered.


Prior to the Reserve assignment process for:

Requests 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


If you have additional questions, please contact your Local Council Reserve Committee.

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