The Vacation Election Process opened September 25, 2018, 0800(HDT). Flight Attendants can make their selections now through October 15, 2018, 0800 (HDT). During the Vacation Election Process, Flight Attendants choose what they would like to do with their 2019 Vacation days as it pertains to:

  1. Flex – paid or unpaid vacation
  2. Deferral of Vacation into your 401(k) – minimum 7/maximum 14 days deferral
  3. Vacation Buy Back with a 0.5% incentive before the annual vacation period

Note: Reserve Flight Attendants opting for unpaid Flex vacation option will have their Reserve guarantee reduced by 4:20 for each availability day in a 30-day month or 4:07 for each availability day in a 31-day month that is dropped as a result of apply unpaid Flex Vacation days to your Reserve schedule.

As a reminder, Flight Attendants who defer any portion of their vacation into their 401(k) account should be aware these “vacation” contributions are not eligible for the company matching contribution.

Additionally, Vacation Buy Back is based on our Section 4.A. rates of pay and do not include premiums or overrides.

For details and timelines, please review the 2019 Vacation Bidding guide, which is now available on Flying Together > One United > Reference Guides and in Content Locker on Link. Printed copies of the guide will be available for pickup at the domicile in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions about the 2019 Vacation Bidding process, please contact the Vacation Team Mon-Fri, 0830 to 1700 CT, September 24, 2018 through January 29, 2019. The team’s contact information is listed below.

Phone Number (U.S.):
1-800-FLT-LINE (option 5; option 1)

Vacation Timeline

Event Date
Begin vacation buy back & Flex election period By September 25
Close election period On October 15
Begin first vacation bid period By October 23
Close first vacation bid period On October 31
Post first vacation awards By November 4
Begin second vacation bid period By November 8
Close second vacation bid period By November 16
Post second vacation awards By November 20
Vacation allocations published By November 24
Trades awarded by seniority By November 30
Final vacation allocations published By December 4
Instant trading opens By December 5