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The Official Fare Bucket Check Request Thread

Old Jun 6, 18, 10:24 am
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PLEASE NOTE SEAT MAPS ARE IRRELEVANT TO AVAILABILITY!!!

A few FlyerTalkers with access to ExpertFlyer are willing to use their subscriptions to look up availability for fellow FTers. Please note that ExpertFlyer offers free 5-day trials, and subscriptions are reasonably priced at US$4.99 per month for a Basic account and US$9.99 per month (US$99.99 per year); consider subscribing as opposed to posting in this thread.

If you would like to request availability, please include in your post:
  • Route (e.g. YYC-YYZ)
  • Date (e.g. September 5)
  • Flight number (e.g. 142)

Note that EF searches are by route and by date (see this post for details).

Although it's not hard to look up the route that corresponds to a flight number, please be respectful of the time of those who are volunteering (and using their paid EF subscriptions) to research your request by saving them the time of also looking up that ACxxx is a flight from AAA to BBB.
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The Official Fare Bucket Check Request Thread

Old May 1, 18, 9:21 am
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Originally Posted by capedreamer View Post
I know seatmaps are a bad gauge, but is this 'discrepancy' unusual? Currently showing 18 out of 30 seats unoccupied, even though it's J4 (suggesting 26 out of 30 are taken).
I think you've just illustrated exactly why seat maps are a bad gauge
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Old May 1, 18, 9:26 am
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Originally Posted by capedreamer View Post
Can't speak for others, but personally and based on my flying patterns, I don't feel I would get enough utility out of a subscription.
I was in that camp for quite some time. Then I got a trial subscription and realized how handy it was.

Everything from simple alerts for my favourite seats and watching upgrade space, through to exploring cheaper fares and getting the 'truth' as to why my flight is late. After a while, I realized it was my 'go to' app when travelling and bought the Pro subscription. I'd prefer a better mobile experience (like a real app), but it's easier to use than mobile FT.

Having said that, I still prefer KVS tool for mini-RTW and other reward shopping. I just find it faster.

But I guess, like any specialty tool, if the value to you isn't worth the hundred bucks or so then don't buy it.

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Old May 28, 18, 10:23 am
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Can I ask for a quick check on AC7702 on June 7th please? Seems booked pretty tight in J...
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Old May 28, 18, 11:03 am
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Originally Posted by jasdou View Post
Can I ask for a quick check on AC7702 on June 7th please? Seems booked pretty tight in J...
"Tight" is a bit of an understatement:

J1 C1 D1 Z0 P0 R0 Y4 B4 M3 U2 H2 Q2 V0 W0 G0 S0 T0 L0 A0 K0
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Old Jun 5, 18, 11:36 pm
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Is anyone able to check AC4 nrt-yvr June28? In PY cabin and eupgrade bids starting 800pp, with 1200 being pretty good.
Appreciate it
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Old Jun 5, 18, 11:41 pm
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Originally Posted by YVRYEGYVR View Post
Is anyone able to check AC4 nrt-yvr June28? In PY cabin and eupgrade bids starting 800pp, with 1200 being pretty good.
Appreciate it
AC 4 June 28 J9 C9 D9 Z8 P6 R3 O8 E7 N0 Y9 B9 M9 U9 H9 Q9 V9 W9 G9 S9 T1 L0 A0 K0
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Old Jun 6, 18, 9:56 am
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BCD Travel Tool for Fare Availability

BCD Travel Tool for Fare Availability

FYI for those of you who don't have access to EF or KVS... I found this free availability checker site (BCD) from one of the travel blogger sites:

https://flightavailability.bcdtravel...MnAvlMain.aspx

1. The "hover over" results can be copied and then pasted to a document editor, however, you may want to manually format the results to your liking
2. It doesn't return any fare class that is zerod out, so for example, if you are looking for "R" and it doesn't show on the returned fare classes, it simply means that it is R0.
3. This is "bare bones" and doesn't have features like alerts, saved queries, etc.
4. You can only search for dates starting from today to within 10 months from today.
5. Requires Captcha (human) verification, so it can get annoying if you're doing multiple successive queries
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Old Jun 6, 18, 10:26 am
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Wiki Created

I have created a wiki with formal instructions regarding requests, and included the BCD Travel fare availability tool information.
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Old Jun 19, 18, 1:59 pm
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Any free tools that show P class?

Hi there -

Are their any free tools online that will show P class? I thought I could use the Air Canada website, and if Business Lowest was available, I could get an e-upgrade with my Europe Latitude pass, but seems like that is not always the case.

Absent any tools, could someone tell me what AC 858 and AC 842 show for 6/24? Trying to figure out which one has a better upgrade chance.

The BCD Travel tool shows a lot, but not P (or R) it seems:

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Old Jun 19, 18, 2:10 pm
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Originally Posted by AskTravis View Post
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Absent any tools, could someone tell me what AC 858 and AC 842 show for 6/24? Trying to figure out which one has a better upgrade chance.
On 2018-06-24

AC 858 is J7 C7 D6 Z4 P0 R0 O2 E2 N0 Y9 B9 M9 U9 H9 Q8 V7 W2 S0 T0 L0 K0

AC 842 is J3 C3 D3 Z0 P0 R0 O1 E0 N0 Y9 B9 M9 U9 H9 Q9 V9 W9 S9 T9 L0 K0

according to Expert Flyer
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Old Jun 19, 18, 2:11 pm
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The tool can display P and R just fine. I think what's happening is that instead of showing a fare class that's sold out as 0, it's just not showing it. So if you see no P, P=0.
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Old Jun 19, 18, 2:11 pm
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Not aware of free tools, but here you go. Note that none of the LHR flights on the 24th have P availability.

AC858: J7 C7 D6 Z4 P0 R0 O2 E2 N0 Y9 B9 M9
U9 H9 Q8 V7 W2 S0 T0 L0 K0
AC842: J3 C3 D3 Z0 P0 R0 O1 E0 N0 Y9 B9 M9
U9 H9 Q9 V9 W9 S9 T9 L0 K0
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Old Jun 19, 18, 2:13 pm
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AC 858 J7 C7 D6 Z4 P0 R0 O2 E2 N0 Y9 B9 M9 U9 H9 Q8 V7 W2 S0 T0 L0 K0
AC 842 J3 C3 D3 Z0 P0 R0 O1 E0 N0 Y9 B9 M9 U9 H9 Q9 V9 W9 S9 T9 L0 K0
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Old Jun 19, 18, 2:17 pm
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Thank you all - I thought it did show it in the past, but was surprised when the 2 flights I looked at didn't show it... 0 makes sense now

Guess I will stay at the top of the 842 list until a few hours out and switch over to 858 if things start to fill up.

rant: J7P0 with 5 days to go is super annoying inventory mgmt /rant
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Old Jun 19, 18, 2:25 pm
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Originally Posted by AskTravis View Post
rant: J7P0 with 5 days to go is super annoying inventory mgmt /rant
Believe it or not, AC does actually sell last-minute J tickets at very high prices, especially on routes that have a lot of business traffic. They will leave as many J seats open as they think they have a decent chance of selling. With five days to go, still plenty of time for them to sell those seats.
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