Dumb question (maybe): Does the scheduling at UPS or FedEx kinda go the same as a "regular" airline in that you are based at a hub, bid on trips and are gone for a couple of days at a time.....Or, for some smaller cities are you based there and fly out and back everyday? Just asking because the planes that are based here in Buffalo pretty much leave the same time everyday and get back around the same time. Just curious
We really don't have two day trips. The average model would be week on, week off. Other than that, it's like any other major airline.
We are mostly based in Louisville, KY. Because of that the company builds the BUF trip with a deadhead out on Sunday night or early Monday morning and a deadhead home on Saturday. Sometimes those deadheads are on company aircraft and other times they are company paid commercials.
I did the BUF trip once a long time ago. We stayed at a Sheraton in Cheektawonga....across from a big mall. I froze my gonads off walking across the street to the mall once when it was snowing sideways.
FedEx does have trips that are everything from one day to 14 days and everything inbetween. Enough 2 or 3 day trips for those that want those.
Also, FedEx does have travel benefits on other airlines, plus the standard assortment of travel industry discounts. Much comes from reciprocal agreements, and FedEx gives their employees 75% off, so that gives us access to good deals that otherwise wouldn't exist.
As far as travel bennies, we don't get much beyond the jumpseat. We can get non-rev passes on SWA, but they cost $50 for a roundtrip anywhere and it's space available. Fedex is nice enough to give airline employees 75% off of shipping so, in return, they get some good travel bennies. UPS doesn't do stuff like that.
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We get our bidpacks sent to our house at company expense.
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Wow, we get the privilege of paying for our bid packages sent to our home. I just use Bidpro and download the files off the IPA website.
We do get discounts on family travel plans using websites like ID90.com. But as far as airline tickets and such, about all we have have is the SWA and ATA deal. We have a few deals for taking international trips but all the hoops you have to go through to get them makes them really not worth the effort. Besides, if I'm not working the last place you'll find me is at the airport.
We have the bid packets put in our mailboxes as well, but the pairings are also available online in .txt format off our PrefBid website. We use Preferential Bidding, so it's done all online. A few days after the bids close, the bid award is put up on the website in .txt format so it can be viewed from anywhere.
Anyone else's company use PrefBid here? Do you fly with the same person all month with your system (you as in UPS guys, seagull, Doug, etc.)?
We used PBS down at Delta Express, but I couldn't stand it because we more or less went on the 'cheap' and the person that the company had as a point-of-contact about PBS issues was always off at some "Airline Executive Knitting Convention" when the system would melt down.
I was probably 18 out of 280 FO's but I rarely got a decent schedule.