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Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreements

Date: August 3, 2021

With passenger loads at or near record levels combined with the recent irregular operations and cancellations across the system, many Flight Attendants are relying on our Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreements with other carriers in meeting their travel needs and to arrive at work dependably.

Enhancing Flight Attendant travel benefits through reciprocal agreements has been a long-standing priority for AFA-CWA to assist commuters.

United Flight Attendants who are active with a crew badge have access to free, space available economy seating on carriers who have established reciprocal cabin seat agreements with United Airlines. 

The agreements between United Airlines and these other carriers allow Flight Attendants the ability to occupy an available cabin seat on that carrier and, in exchange, United has agreed to “reciprocate” and accommodate Flight Attendants of these other airlines who are then able to occupy available cabin seats on United aircraft. 

Reciprocal cabin seat agreements guidelines are unique by airline, including listing procedures, attire, and check-in requirements. The individual carrier policies and procedures for listing are available by visiting our Reciprocal Travel Agreements page.

As we have said before, reducing hassles for Flight Attendants commuting to work benefits our airline as more employees will have the ability to focus on the success of the company rather than expending time, energy, and compensation on getting to and from work. 

Simply put, reciprocal cabin seat agreements have always had a direct impact on operational integrity and employee engagement.

Implementation of these industry leading agreements restored confidence in the decisions made by management because these agreements had an immediate, tangible impact on Flight Attendants. 

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