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Trip Trade Activity Impact to Guarantee and 71-Hour Minimum (Section 4.C.)

Date: April 1, 2020

Now that the April line awards have been published, there are a number of questions regarding pay and how the pay protections of Section 4.C. interact with guarantee, and how trip trading activities impact both. Trip trading or dropping trips can potentially affect your 1st of the month paycheck based on when those trades are completed and how those trades affect your minimum or your guarantee.  

Any action you take to your schedule that reduces your minimum, without a subsequent increase in your guarantee to a value above 50 hours by the 20thof the month, has the potential to directly reduce your 1stof the month paycheck (Flight Advance).  If the overall result is a reduction to your minimum, you will likely reduce or eliminate your first of the month advance. In this instant example, reducing April will directly impact for May flight advance. Remember we are always paid the greater of our minimum or guarantee. 

For additional information, review the E-lines article published on March 24, 2020as well as the Pay Guide, both of which provide valuable information for Flight Attendants seeking clarification of the process.

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