United Airlines and the leaders of its cabin crew union have agreed on a new employment contract that will include cabin crew for the first time since United`s merger with Continental Airlines more than five years ago. The union stated that the new United flight attendant contract would represent a pay increase of 18-31% for the highest cabin crew members. Until now, pay scales have varied depending on whether participants worked for the Continental or United side of the company. United`s new agreement with its cabin crew would have an impact on its American Airlines colleagues. American`s 25,000 flight attendants received a 6 percent pay increase this year. But a clause in that contract stipulates that American will continue to adjust its pay scale as soon as United reach an agreement. “We know that this holiday season can be on the plane for many customers for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, and we strive to provide flexibility and a safer and cleaner travel experience,” said Ankit Gupta, Network Vice President at United. “While this holiday season is very different from what we`ve experienced in recent years, we continue to follow the playbook we have throughout the year – observe the data and add more flights, adjust schedules and use larger planes to give customers more opportunities to get together with their families or reach their destination.” In addition to collecting PQP bonuses on flights, PQP, which was earned with Eligible MileagePlus credit cards – including the MileagePlus Explorer card – is now counted on Premier 1K status® if PQF`s request is met. Until now, the PQP, won by card editions, was only allowed for Premier Platinum status. Eligible MileagePlus funds continue to manage the market with one of the fastest ways to earn Premier Status credits, starting with spending of $12,000 per year. While the merger between Continental and United was completed in 2010, former United and Ex-Continental cabin crew still entered into different contracts. This meant that they had separate pay scales, different work rules, different levels, etc. As far as cabin crew are concerned, there are still two separate airlines.
“Large-scale testing is the key to opening international borders and reopening global traffic safely.