Bids are in...won't be final until tomorrow at noon, but as of now I got my first choice.
Because I needed specific days off I bid around those days. My first choice was a "day trip" line.
A day trip is as it sounds. I start and finish a trip the same day. This is great for those living in base as you stay in home each night. Bad for commuters. Since I am TDY, I get a hotel room, so it's not a big deal.
Next month I start each day with a 5:30AM departure. That's a bit rough, but I finish at 12:40PM each day. Just one turn. My schedule is 4 on - 4 off - 3 on- 4 off - 3 on - 4 off- 3 on- 3 off - 1 on. Total of 17 days off. Truly the best schedule I have ever had.
The line is "worth" 77 hours. I can pick up extra flying if I want....which I will likely do.
It's good and bad. Good to have extra days off....and a line. Bad that I will be away from home. Still good overall.