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Second Round Vacation Bidding Closes; Next up: Vacation Trades by Seniority

Date: November 16, 2021


Today, the second-round vacation bidding period closed today.  Under our Contract, awards will be posted by November 20.  Once posted, the next step in the annual process is Open Time Trades by Seniority, the highlights of which follow:

After the annual vacation award, all available vacation days remaining will be published and the Open Time Trades by Seniority trade window will open by November 24th at 8:00 AM (HDT) and will close on November 30th at 8:00 AM (HDT).

  • You can view Open Vacation Time Allocations from the myVacation page and selecting the “to view Vacation Open Time Click Here”
  • Create Requests between November 24th and November 30th
  • There are multiple options for criteria as well as the ability to modify and delete requests 

The system processes all requests for a Flight Attendant until one is awarded or until their requests are exhausted and no trades can be made. The order in which requests are processed is based on the “Request Priority” specified by the Flight Attendant while submitting each OT Trade by Seniority trade request. 

The system moves through the list of trade requests in seniority order, either awarding a trade or leaving the trade request as unawarded if no trades are possible for the specified dates. When the system has passed through all trade requests, it begins again with the most senior Flight Attendant and passes through any trade requests that remain unawarded in the event that a trade can now be made. 

Once a trade request has been awarded, the system will no longer look back at that particular request to see if a higher preference trade request date has become available. 

The system continues this process until all possible trades have been granted.

Full details about this process, how to view allocations, and instructions on submitting/changing/removing requests is reviewed thoroughly on our Vacation microsite at www.unitedafa.org.

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