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Reserve Christmas Wish List

Date: December 7, 2023

Reserve Christmas Wish List
MEC Reserve Committee

The Reserve Christmas Wish List (RCWL) portal is now open and accepting layover preferences!

RCWL is a Reserve assignment procedure that is provided for in Section 8.H.8.c. of the Contract. At Christmas, for the three (3) days preceding and two (2) days following the holiday, Reserve Flight Attendants may preference up to four (4) layover stations where they wish to be on and around the holiday. If legal and available, requests will be awarded in Inflight Seniority order.

To accommodate these preferences during the RCWL period, and prior to running the Reserve Preferencing System, under the terms of the Contract, Crew Scheduling employs a manual procedure that differs from that of assigning by day of availability and Time Accrued (TMAC) order (which is described in Section 8.C. of the Contract). The modified process places the Flight Attendant's layover request as the main consideration for pairing assignments in seniority order.

The Reserve Christmas Wish List portal may be accessed in one of three ways:

  1. Via www.unitedafa.org/wishlist
  2. Via CCS under the Reserve tab
  3. Via the Quick Links section of the Inflight Services homepage on Flying Together.

Some important points to remember:

  • The RCWL system operates independently of the Reserve Preferencing system. Only the layover preferences entered in the RCWL portal will be considered during the Wish List award process, which will occur prior to running the regular Reserve Preferencing system each day.
  • The RCWL system officially opened at 1200 (noon) Central Time on December 1, 2023. Any layover preferences input prior to that date must be re-entered in order to be considered for the 2023 RCWL period.
  • RCWL preferences may only be entered via the online portal. Requests will not be accepted over the telephone by contacting scheduling.
  • Preferences entered will remain on file for the duration of the RCWL period unless and until you make changes. Preferences may be altered at any time up until the deadline for each day (see below schedule). Only the latest request/update made prior to each deadline will be considered.

For a complete description of the process, please see our detailed guide. If you have additional questions, please see our FAQ page or contact your Local Council Reserve Committee.

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