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Old 08-17-2018, 01:03 PM   #1  
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Default Open time: Commuting vs. living in base

How much easier is it to pick up open time if you are living in base vs commuting?
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It's easy to pick up open time regardless of where you live. The difference is this: do you really want to pick up open time if it means spending half your day commuting?
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When the company gets desperate, crew scheduling will throw in positive space and/or commuter rooms if you negotiate for it.

I live in one base and they will positive space me to the other base to pick up flying.
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What are majority open time trips? Are they mostly out and back? Also, how hard is it for someone living in base (EWR) to bid 1-3 day trips instead of all 4 days?
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What are majority open time trips? Are they mostly out and back? Also, how hard is it for someone living in base (EWR) to bid 1-3 day trips instead of all 4 days?
There are virtually no 1 day trips.

Bidding for 1-3 day trips depends on seniority.

Open time can have a wide variety from reserve to 5 days. Availability varies.
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What are majority open time trips? Are they mostly out and back? Also, how hard is it for someone living in base (EWR) to bid 1-3 day trips instead of all 4 days?
3-4 day trips is like 75% of the flying. Even if you live in base you will have to do 4-6 days on the road in a row. Day trips are nonexistent, and 2-days are very rare.
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3-4 day trips is like 75% of the flying. Even if you live in base you will have to do 4-6 days on the road in a row. Day trips are nonexistent, and 2-days are very rare.
Can anyone approximate the number (percentage wise) of trips that are commutable on both ends, commutable on one end and non commutable on both ends?

Thanks.
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Can anyone approximate the number (percentage wise) of trips that are commutable on both ends, commutable on one end and non commutable on both ends?

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You have described approximately 100% of the trips.
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Can anyone approximate the number (percentage wise) of trips that are commutable on both ends, commutable on one end and non commutable on both ends?

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Depends. What is the earliest that you can be in base and what time does the last flight leave to the city that you are commuting to / from.
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Depends. What is the earliest that you can be in base and what time does the last flight leave to the city that you are commuting to / from.
I’d define commutable trips on both ends with a show time at or after 2pm and finish around 3pm or earlier.

Rough percentage of trips that are commutable on both ends and on one end?
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