Aggressive Reserve Pickups (RSVPUO)
With a Direct Pickup, you have to specify the exact trip (from the Open Trips list) that you want to pick up. There are several ways to create a Direct Pickup. Here are two easy ways to do it.
- Click Open Trips on the Left Side Panel.
- Drag-n-drop a desirable trip from the list of open trips in the top center pane to your calendar or to the My Pickup Requests on the left side panel.
- Click a trip in the list of open trips to shop it in your calendar. Pay and legality information is indicated in the Calendar Summary and the trip is displayed as a visual timeline in the calendar.
- Click the blue diamond on the first day of the trip to create the pickup request, if desired.
A Smart Pickup has a set of criteria that you specify and it will constantly check the open trips for matches to that criteria. If one is found, a Direct Pickup request is created for that trip just above the Smart Pickup. Below is a detailed explanation of steps required to create a Smart Pickup.
Here are a couple ways to begin the creation of a Smart Pickup.
- Click the New Smart Pickup toolbar button.
- Right click on My Pickup Requests in the Left Side Panel and select New Smart Pickup.
- Click the New Smart Pickup toolbar button.
- In the New Smart Pickup List dialog box, select as many criteria as you wish to define the trip.
- Click OK.
- If you want Crew Companion to search for and automatically attempt to trade into existing open trips, click Yes.
Each subsequent pickup request created will be added at the bottom of the My Pickup Requests, but any pickup request can be moved up or down the list by right clicking on the pickup and selecting Move up in list or Move down in list to allow you to decide what order you'd like your primary and backup pickup attempts to fire. Also note that you can choose to Delete a request if you no longer want it.
It's important to understand what order Crew Companion will attempt to fire your armed pickups. Notice in the image below that the Direct Pickup ID 1530/14 listed first is the Primary pickup request therefore any backup requests listed below it will be completely ignored until the Primary fires, fails or gets removed from open time. Only then will Backup (1) become the Primary. Note also that a Smart Pickup can never be the Primary or a Backup because it isn't really an ID/Date. Even if the Smart Pickup is at the top of the list, it will NOT be the Primary. The first Direct Pickup below it would be.
Also, it is critical to understand what will happen when newly open trips matching your Smart Pickup criteria are found. A Direct Trade will be created above the Smart Pickup but below any manually created Direct Trades that are already above the Smart Trade. Any newly created Direct Trades created by your Smart Trades will attempt to fire as soon as the window opens for each trip.
Example: You manually arm ID 123/4 as your Primary pickup and the window opens at 11:00am on the 3rd. You have a Smart Pickup below that searching for new trips and on the 1st, matches ID 124/4 with a window opening at 10:55am on the 3rd and creates a Direct Pickup as Backup (1) above the Smart Pickup. Then, on the 2nd, a new trip also matching the Smart Pickup criteria opens up. It is ID 125/4 with a window opening at 10:50am so a Direct Pickup is created for it too. Because this new trip's window is before the previously Smart Pickup-created trip, the pickup order assigned to this trip is Backup (1) forcing ID 124/4 down to Backup (2). Again, the manually created request is still Primary because the Smart Pickup was below it therefore all Direct Pickups it creates will also be below it as backup requests.
The Crew Companion server does the trip checking 24/7 for new open trips but the pickup must fire from YOUR machine so leave the program running or minimized to the system tray when a pickup request is present. If your Windows Control Panel/Power Options are set to put the system to sleep, that is overridden while Crew Companion is running so you no longer have to adjust that.
Note: If you "X" out of Crew Companion by clicking the red X in the upper right corner, you will be prompted to minimize the program to the System tray (near your clock) instead of completely shutting down. Choosing this option will allow Crew Companion to fire pickup requests when appropriate but gets the program out of the normal task bar to free up space.