I enjoyed having weekends off this month. Being able to spend time with my wife is important to me. My ready reserve line in March had most weekends off when the line was created. I only moved around a few days.
For April I have ready reserve again. This time I had only one Saturday off. Boooo! Each month I am guaranteed 11 days off. I submitted the following to crew scheduling. I asked to trade April 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, and 19th (days I was supposed to be one reserve) for April 14th, 30th, 29th, 22nd, and the 6th. With this setup I have a nice 4 day weekend (10th-13th) and a 5 day weekend (17th-21st). Hmmm 5 day weekend sounds funny. Simple math would show I only have 2 additional days off. Yeah. I will be working 9 of the last 10 days of the month. I will have 6 days on, 1 day off and then 3 days on. The price I have to pay for a nice schedule.
My wife and I are planning to get out of the country during my 5 day weekend. Since we travel standby we will be planning 3 different trips. I want Tokyo, she wants London and we will have one bonus city, Frankfurt. The day of travel we will see which cities have the best flight options and go.