Old Jun 3, 18, 11:51 pm
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LBP2
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
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Originally Posted by abc193 View Post
Sorry to go OT, but what kind of tips have you picked up on here to achieve this? I've noticed it occasionally when looking at flights, but ultimately never works out for the dates we want
For the Avios availability, setting up a dummy avoid booking and trying to book periodically - and, when it finds a seat, pounce LOL. Also https://www.baredemptionfinder.com which can be frustrating if the days around your booking turn blue but your stays resolutely blank! But just knowing that seats can free up pretty close to the flight makes actively checking worthwhile.
I find working slightly out of step of the days fellow business travellers generally choose helps too, which has given me a good share of op-ups also (eg fly a day earlier than my colleagues would to the US, on a leisure-heavy day) I guess I am likely just very lucky on my routes that are very obviously business-heavy on certain days and not on others - but I guess figuring out what those days are is down to flying them pretty regularly and noticing patterns.
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