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Annual Vacation Election Now Open

Date: October 5, 2021

To avoid confusion, when discussing Vacation Bidding for 2022 there are three windows a Flight Attendant participates in:

1.     Choose

2.     Bid

3.     Trade

The current window (Choose) began September 25, 2021 and will close at 0800 HDT on October 15, 2021. This is in keeping with our current Contract by providing for more than the full twenty (20) day period required during which time we may make elections to our 2022 vacation.

Once you know the number of days that you have accrued, you have the option to participate in the optional Vacation Election process. You may also choose not to make any selections in this Vacation Election process and skip this step.

For this first step, the vacation election options are:

  • Buy Back Vacation Days. Partially accrued vacation days are not eligible.
  • Defer vacation days to your 401(k) or UK Stakeholder Plan
  • Take Flex Vacation Days (paid or unpaid)

Vacation Buy Back:
We have negotiated in Section 12.D. of our Contract a vacation buy back option, which provides Flight Attendants with the opportunity to take pay in lieu of accrued vacation. Flight Attendants who elect to participate must opt to “sell” at least six (6) full days of accrued vacation where partial days are not eligible for inclusion in buy back. For the 2022 Vacation year, the company will be offering a 0.1% incentive payment that will be applied when the payment is made during the first quarter of the Scheduled Vacation year.

It is important to note, Section 12.D.6. of the Contract provides that those participating in the Buy Back program may not participate in the Flex program during the same Scheduled Vacation year.

Annual Vacation Buy Back Overview:
Vacation days are “sold” back at a rate of three hours and fifteen minutes (3:15) per day multiplied by your hourly rate of pay, plus an incentive payment, which shall be determined and announced prior to the annual vacation bid. The rate of pay for Vacation buy back is based on your individual rate of pay as of 12/31/21. International Purser and Purser overrides are not included in your hourly rate of pay and are not applicable as part of your Vacation Buy Back payments.

Monthly Vacation Buy Back
The Company may offer vacation buy back on a month-to-month or base-by-base basis. Vacation days are sold back at a rate of three hours and fifteen minutes (3:15) per day multiplied by your hourly rate of pay andthe Company will determine whether to offer an incentive payment for month-to-month or base-by-base vacation buy back. In these instances, vacation buy back will be awarded in base seniority order.

Deferred 401(k) Contribution:
Flight Attendants may elect to contribute a minimum of seven (7) days and a maximum of fourteen (14) days of paid vacation accrued for use in 2022 into their 401(k) Savings plan account or UK Stakeholder Group Plan.

Flex Vacation Program:
Flight Attendants may elect to take an additional seven days of Flex vacation. Flight Attendants taking Flex vacation will either take the additional seven days as unpaid vacation or elect to have one hour and fifty-four minutes (1:54) pay deducted from their earnings each month to pay for the Flex vacation week.

  • Flight Attendants who opt for paid Flex vacation will have their last seven days of their last awarded vacation period designated as Flex.
  • Flight Attendants who opt for unpaid Flex vacation will have the first seven days of the first vacation period designated as Flex.

Once you have finished making your choices, select ‘Submit.’ A confirmation page will be displayed detailing your 2022 elections. It is recommended that you keep a copy of this confirmation page for your records.

At any time while the vacation election period is open you can return to the vacation election page and change/update your selections. Once the election period is closed, changes can no longer be submitted, and the last page submitted will determine your elections.

Also, a complete vacation guide is available on Flying Together on the Crew Scheduling home page (Flying Together>My Work>Inflight>Crew Scheduling>Vacations2022).

  • A full explanation about how to access and select your preference(s) is available on unitedafa.org.   
  • As always, we suggest you keeping a record of any elections made.

Flight Attendants may contact the Vacation Team through (800) FLT-LINE, option 4, 9, 1 or by e-mailing FAVacationTeam@united.com. The Vacation Team will be available by phone beginning September 23, 2021, from 0830-1640, Monday-Friday and will not be available on Thanksgiving Day or the day after Thanksgiving, November 25 & 26, 2021.

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