Almost everyone works 5 days per week unless you have a 10 hour line. When I was with ACS, the hours for RRs varied. Some worked as little as 2 days per week, 8 hours each day (this is scheduled; not taking swaps into account) and it went up from there. Some have 2 RDOs (regular days off) some have 3, some have 4, some have 5. Some have 5 hr lines and some have 8. So let's say you are working a 5hr line 5 days a week, you may be able to get off early enough to jump on a flight that evening and start your trip then.
Soon enough, you'll be able to swap or give away days. Many RRs do this. Someone will ALWAYS be giving away a day for one reason or another. But, let's say you have 2 RDOs, with a couple swaps, you can increase that to 5 easily. Although I'm not below wing anymore or anything to do with Airport Customer Service my department allows swaps even though we're all salaried. Next month, along with some vacation days I'm going to use, a couple holidays, a couple days of personal time i'm owed and a few swaps, i'll be off for about 19 days in September.
As for flight benefits, they turn on while you're in training although your trainers will warn you to NOT use them while in training. The worst thing you can do is get stuck in Vegas and not get back on Monday for your training class. You'd be toast. But, feel free to let your wife/husband/significant other, children, parents use them. From what I remember, it onlky takes a couple days after they collect all your info for your benefits to activate and all this is done while in training. Your flight benefits are just like other employees with a few exceptions. You won't have an buddy passes, you won't be able to travel on other airlines using ZED fares for about 6 months, and you won't have any priority vacation listings (S2). All of this will make sense in training.
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Most of my airline friends use their benefits a lot. Yes you'll have time. Even with five days on, that's still two days off. Plenty of time to daytrip AMS for example.
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