So I've only been a line holder for 4 months out of the 45 months I've been at my airline. I still have a lot to learn.
I have vacation starting July 30th. My 4 day trip on July 28th was turned into a 2 day trip finishing on July 29th. I was scheduled to deadhead to base and be paid for the rest of the trip.
I read through the contract and thought I understood the rules. I then traded into a different (more commutable on the front end and higher value) 4 day trip starting on the 28th with the thinking that it would be modified and I would still be home on the 29th. This was important as my family is all planning on meeting up down at my brother in laws place in New York.
Well after the trade I contacted scheduling about adjusting my schedule. No can do. It's an unwritten rule that if, after final bid awards, I trade into a trip then it's assumed I want the entire trip.
I contacted my Chief Pilot who told me the same thing. Boo.
So now I work through the 31st. The only good part is I get paid double by working on my vacation days.
Thankfully my wife is patient and understanding. It also helps that flights on the 30th are horrible and we can't get out till the 31st anyway.
It's an odd feeling to be off for 5 days between trips. I start tomorrow with a 2:15PM report time.
The first day is rough...really rough.
Three legs worth 7 hours 20 minutes of flying. In between the 1st and 2nd legs is a 2 hour 45 minute sit in an out station. Total duty day is 11 hours 45 minutes. Add in my 3 hour commute....plus getting ready. Long day ahead.
After that the rest of the trip is cake.
Thirteen hour overnight then day 2 has just 2 legs worth 3 hours 40 minutes.
Eleven hour overnight and day 3 has 2 legs worth 5 hours 15 minutes.
Eighteen and a half hour overnight leaving day 4 with one leg into base worth 2 hours finishing at noon in base.
This is actually my awarded line. I haven't flown the entire sequence yet. This week will be the only time I will do so.