Rigs and Minimum Duty Periods Explained
Without basic trip, duty rigs and minimum guarantees flight attendants would only be paid for their actual flight time. These pay components enhance a flight attendants compensation for a specific trip.
Trip Rigs are based on the total time away from base. This is the time from report until the time released from duty. Most major airlines in this comparison provide 1 hour of pay for every 3 ½ hours away from base. Using this formula, if a flight attendant is away from base for 48 hours you would then divide that by 3.5 resulting in trip rig of 13:71. This rig comes in handy for pairings that have long layovers.
Duty Rigs are based on the amount of time a flight attendant is on duty. This is the time from report until the time released from the same duty period. Let’s calculate a duty rig using the 1:2 formula found in the comparison…if a flight attendant has a duty period of 10 hours you would divide that by 2 resulting in a duty rig of 5. This rig comes in handy for long unproductive duty periods that have short flights, extensive delays and/or long sit times. If the same flight attendant that originally had a duty period of 10 hours experienced a delay that resulted in a 14 hour day it would then result in a duty rig of 7.
Minimum Duty Period Credit/Guarantee is the minimum credit guaranteed for each duty period or the duty period average for a multi-day trip depending on the airline . This can range from 4-5 hours as shown in the comparison.
Typically when calculating pay for a specific pairing/trip either the actual flight time, rig or minimum guarantee will be paid…whichever is greater.
Last updated on 10/17/2018
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