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Bad Day / Worse Day Trades

Date: November 12, 2021


With the Reserve pool numbers in the negative range for the last several months, many Flight Attendants continue to struggle to adjust their flight schedules to meet their personal needs and family responsibilities. 

Whether Lineholders or Reserves, the pool numbers set by management, are impacting our ability to make changes to our schedule and based on questions we have received in our offices, we understand there may be confusion about the timing requirements for successful Bad Day/Worse Day trades.

By utilizing the contractual provisions for Bad Day/Worse Day trades, Members have yet another ability to adjust their schedules even in a negative pool situation. While we all rely on the Reserve pool numbers for trading, it is important to emphasize there are also timing issues that affect our ability to trip trade with open time especially if the trip being dropped occurs earlier in the schedule month.

Based on questions. In particular, we have received a number of questions about two items:  a 24-hour requirement or a requirement to call Crew Scheduling when attempting to facilitate a trade under 24 hours from the start of the desired pairing as well as the rejection of trades based on the timing of when the trade occurs.

Under the Contract, when Bad Day/Worse Day trading, some people are incorrectly assuming the trade is simply related to the “math” of BDWD trades.  In fact, there is a second component of the BDWD trade; that is, it matters where the trip being dropped is in the month in comparison to the trip being traded.  There are two specific contract provisions that address this:

When the trip being dropped occurs earlier in the month than the trip being traded for, the trade must be completed at least seven (7) days prior to the first day of the trip being dropped. This Section 7.N.5.b. parameter frequently results in trip trades being declined and this will occur regardless of the negative Reserve coverage pool levels.

Conversely, Section 7.N.5.a., states that if the trip being dropped occurs later in the month, its lowest Reserve Coverage Day can be no more than five (5) lower than the lowest Reserve Coverage Day on the trip being picked up.


  • If the trip you wish to drop is later in the month, Sections 7.N.5. & 7.N.5.a. will apply
  • If the trip you wish to drop is earlier in the month, Sections 7.N.5. & 7.N.5.b. will apply

And, all instant trading is determined by Reserve coverage, on the particular days involved in the trade. However, trades may still be accomplished using the Bad Day/Worse Day calculations set forth in Section 7.N. of our Contract. This language addresses trip trades involving trips on days which are blocked due to minimum staffing requirements.

The guide below outlines the contractual parameters that must be met to successfully complete a Bad Day/Worse Day trade and provides additional clarity when trading trips starting earlier in the month for trips which start later in the month.

Bad Day – Worse Day Guide

Questions about trading and Contractual legalities should be directed to your Local Council Representatives.

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