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Bad Day / Worse Day Trades

Date: September 8, 2022

We continue to receive questions regarding pool numbers and trading. While this is not a new issue for Flight Attendants, our quality of life is directly impacted by our inability to adjust our flight schedules to meet personal needs and family responsibilities. Understanding how our negotiated options work is important in order to exercise these flexibilities.

Through Bad Day/Worse Day trades, Members have the opportunity to adjust their schedules even in a negative pool situation. While we all rely on the Reserve pool numbers for trading, it is essential to emphasize that timing issues affect our ability to trip trade with open time, especially if the trip being dropped occurs earlier in the scheduled month.


We will emphasize the clarification on 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 related to the “math” of BDWD trades.  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.  Two specific contract provisions 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 outlined in Section 7.N. of our Contract. This language addresses trip trades involving trips on days that 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 that 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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