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Start Bid Reserve Bid - Bid Group


  • This bid is only available in Consecutive reserve. If you don't see this option, it is not available.

  • The Start Reserve Bid does not award you a Reserve Line. This bid, if used, instructs the N-PBS Scheduler to flag you as on reserve. It stops trying to award you a flying block and processes your reserve bid in seniority order once all pairing blocks are built.

The Start Reserve Bid Bid Group is a one line bid preference bid group that requests a reserve block. If the N-PBS Scheduler reaches this group, it stops processing your Pairings bid. You are marked as on Reserve and the N-PBS Scheduler begins processing the next crewmember's Pairings bid group. Once all Pairing bid groups have been processed, the N-PBS Scheduler begins to process all Reserve bid groups in seniority order. The N-PBS Scheduler does not move back to your Pairings bid group and you are awarded a reserve block only.

You can attach a Max Above X (X is the value that you enter) option to the Start Reserve Bid bid preference. The Else Start Next Bid Group option is added automatically when you use Max Above. This indicates that you want a reserve block, but only if the amount of reserve blocks already awarded is less than the amount you entered. If this number has not been met, the N-PBS Scheduler moves to the next bid group.

Note: Bid Validation is performed when you submit your bid. Refer to the Consecutive Bids article that can be submitted and bids that cannot be submitted.

Start Reserve Bid Max Above

  • Bid for a reserve block and set the maximum number of reserve block holders above you in seniority.


Start Reserve Bid Max Above 4 Else Start Next Bid Group

  • The N-PBS Scheduler awards you a reserve block only if no more than four reserve blocks have already been awarded. If the first four reserve blocks have been awarded, the N-PBS Scheduler awards you the fifth reserve block. If the first five reserve blocks have been awarded, the N-PBS Scheduler continues to process the rest of your Pairings bid group.

  • The Else Start Next Bid Group option is added automatically to a Start Reserve Bid Group bid if you use the Max Above option.

Add a Start Bid Reserve Bid - Consecutive Reserve

To add a Start Reserve Bid:

  1. Click the Start Bid Group button.

  2. Click the Start Reserve Bid bid. To add the Max Above Option:

    • Click Start Start Reserve Bid.

    • Click the Max Above.

    • Use the dropdown menu and arrows to add a number.

  3. Click the Apply button. The bid group is added to your bid.


  • If you use Max Above, Else Start Next Bid Group will be added automatically,

  • The bid group can be moved above or below other Start Reserve Bid and Pairings bid groups using the Cut, Copy, and Paste or the Up and Down buttons.

  • The N-PBS interface will validate your bid when it is submitted. Refer to the Start Reserve Bid Validation for further details.

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