Vacation Fly Through and Reserve Guarantee
February 17, 2021
As a reminder, our Contract provides us with the ability to exercise an option to fly through an awarded vacation period. When flying through a Vacation Period, in addition to being paid for the trips flown during the vacation period you are paid the value of the vacation period itself.
At the onset, whenever a Reserve elects to fly through a period of vacation, the Reserve has decided to take pay in lieu of the actual vacation period. The value of the vacation is placed in “Add Pay” and is paid in addition to the Reserve guarantee. However, depending on the timing of when the election is made (Advance or Operational Fly Through) and the number of Reserve days of availability encompassed by the vacation, there may also be a reduction to the minimum:
Advance Fly Through requests are submitted no later than 1000 HDT on the 5th day of the calendar month prior to the month in which the vacation is scheduled to begin. When a Flight Attendant elects for the Advance fly through and is awarded a Reserve line, the line will be awarded with the originally scheduled days on and/or off as they appeared in the bid packet with no Vacation days. The value of the Vacation days will appear in Add Pay. Because the Reserve will be fully available for assignment by the company for the full month, there will be no reduction to the Reserve minimum. Vacation is paid in lieu of vacation time off and the pay is placed in add pay.
Operational Fly Through requests are made by contacting Crew Scheduling any time after lines have been awarded. When a Flight Attendant elects for operational fly through after having been awarded a Reserve line, the Vacation days will be removed and will become days free from availability, appearing as “OFF” in the line. (In other words, Reserve days of availability that were part of the originally awarded line are not restored.) The value of the Vacation days will appear in Add Pay, however in this case the Reserve minimum will be reduced by the number of Reserve days of availability that were part of the awarded line and were encompassed by the vacation.