Last week on Wednesday, January 24, Alaska Air Group management issued an Alaska’s World article (AAG sign-on required) indicating that the company would be implementing an “embargo” on non-revenue travel in conjunction with the cutover to a single Passenger Service Computer System (PSS) at the end of April. AFA subsequently posted a response to this embargo and committed to addressing the issue with management.
Shortly after the original Alaska’s World article was posted, management updated the article to provide additional clarification that the “embargo” is in fact a voluntary request by management for employees not to engage in non-rev travel during the week of the PSS cutover. Commuters, those traveling for company business, and those who have booked PST tickets are not being asked to avoid travel during this period. Non-revenue travel pleasure (including employees traveling with companions) will not be restricted during this time period. The only actual travel that will be embargoed will be guest pass travel (referred to as buddy pass travel under the VX travel program) and non-rev travel by employees of other airlines, who will not be permitted to travel from April 24 through April 30.
Management has provided email addresses should you have any questions regarding employee travel during the PSS cutover or need support. For Alaska and Horizon travel, contact firstname.lastname@example.org; for Virgin America travel, contact email@example.com. You may also contact your Local Council Officers should you need assistance.
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