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Unofficial Advanced AC Reward Search Tool with Calendar (aka cowtool)

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[PSA from forum moderator Adam Smith: since it doesn't seem obvious to everyone, please note that the cowtool was created by canadiancow. He has invested tens or hundreds of hours in creating this very useful tool and making it available to the FT community. I, Adam Smith, have had nothing to do with creation of the cowtool. I can do nothing to get you access to the cowtool. Please do not ask me to give you access - I can't and won't, and will suggest that you be blocked from the tool for this waste of time, and lack of appreciation for canadiancow's efforts, as described in more detail in this post. Also note that, other than this section and a clearly indicated moderator note below, the author of this wiki, writing in first person, is canadiancow.]

https://acrewardsearcher.cowtool.com/

Due to abuse, you must now first register (see https://www.cowtool.com, and read the rest of this wiki) and sign in to use it. All access is logged (not what you're searching, but the complexity of the searches, and the number of searches). Abusers will be throttled or terminated. Continued abuse will lead to a more involved registration process, up to and including personal vetting by canadiancow.

Access to this cowtool for new users is temporarily disabled due to anticipated ("I'm going to make a big blog post") publicity and actual increases in usage. This is not free for me, and I am concerned what will happen if all the US major blogs pick it up.

If anyone "new" needs an account here, as long as you have 25 posts and your account is at least 3 months old, please register for a cowtool account, and then PM me (please include your email address) and I'll set you up with reward search access. And I will read your posts, so don't spam FT with crap please. If you have a genuine interest in travel, points, and so on, it really isn't hard to make 25 contributive posts to FlyerTalk and be eligible for access. If you do not meet this threshold, I am not making an exception for you. Not because you live in SFO like me, not because you're really excited, and not because of any personal issues. In fact, if you PM me with 15 posts, and I ignore it, and then you PM me with 30 posts a few weeks later, don't expect a response. Moderator note: the rules for access are very clear. Please don't post in this thread, or anywhere else, asking how you can get access, offering to pay for access, or asking for the access rules to be changed. Those posts will be deleted.

I do not process PMs instantly. My goal is at least once per week, so it may take a few days.

Additionally, any Prince of Travel Platinum or Royal Platinum members may contact me over POT Discord for access.

Alerts
Basic price alerts were currently in available to all registered users. They have been turned off due to high load, until the system can be re-written to accommodate them.
Full search/availability alerts are in early alpha.
Each account is limited to 4 alerts* for now.

A price alert is set on a specific itinerary that includes AC metal (this may be expanded as we begin to see EK dynamic pricing). The general idea is that you making a booking at price X, set an alert, and then if the price drops, you'll get an email, and can rebook the itinerary at a lower price and cancel the old, more expensive, booking. This really only works well if you're SE or booked a fare with no cancellation fee. All results with AC flights will show a "Price alert" link on the right. Clicking this will add one. You can view all your alerts in the alerts section, where you can delete them, or select two one-way alerts to merge into a round-trip alert, which will determine the current round-trip price and reset the alert level (since round-trip pricing is not the sum of the two one-ways).

If you have at least 2500 FT posts and would like access to the price alert beta, send me a PM including the email you used to sign up for cowtool. There are currently no exceptions on the post count restriction. I am trying to slowly roll this out, and need an easy way to expand access, ideally to people who have contributed to FT a lot.

* Due to the fact that a round-trip alert requires making and then merging two alerts, the technical limit is 5, but I'm advertising it as 4.

Having Trouble? Hold "shift" and click the refresh button.

Feature Requests:
  • Allowing filtering/alerting by brand
  • Option to launch AC.com in new tab should be saved to your account
  • Show more information about stops, such as the time
  • Finish and release alerts
  • "Copy into round-trip alert" instead of "merge into" in case you want both
  • Save filters to profile
  • Historical prices
  • Colored background gradiated by %age of mixed cabin. Solid green if 100%, fading to white as percentage drops...
  • Option to enable a priority reward discount
  • Populate filter checkboxes from deep links
  • Lie-flat filter (maybe with lie-flat % filter as well?) - Unsure if this data is easily accessible
  • +/- 1 or 2 days dropdown if entering a single value for date at top, grayed out if entering more than one date or range
  • filter option to set latest arrival date & time (cow likes this)

Bugs:
  • Reset password doesn't seem to work (though this has definitely gotten much better - if I made an account for you manually right after I started doing that, it may not work because I didn't understand the limitations, so I can help with that on one-off cases... it should work if it's a more recent creation)
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Unofficial Advanced AC Reward Search Tool with Calendar (aka cowtool)

Old Mar 16, 23, 5:27 pm
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Aeroplan call centre is having technical difficulties as well according to the recorded message. I've noticed some problems on their website, family sharing balances not adding up.
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Old Mar 16, 23, 5:32 pm
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Hi,

For me Aeroplan does not load anything at all. No award availability, all I can do is get into my profile details. Same for some of my colleagues, but for others it works just fine. I'd take the risk and assume that it's not on the tool end.
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Old Mar 16, 23, 10:01 pm
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The invocations "endpoint" (Lambda) will either 200 or throw up an alert dialog. Almost every error imaginable will result in a 200 (with some error text in the output) because there is data (such as alerts, usage, etc.) that is still worth showing, even if the search fails.

The Aeroplan page has absolutely nothing to do with any of this.
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Old Mar 17, 23, 9:42 am
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coowtool

Hello everyone, what are the rules and regulations for the AWC? Are the errors occurs because you are limited to a specific amount of search per day or week?

Thank you
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Old Mar 17, 23, 10:15 am
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Originally Posted by Manuelaviajera View Post
Hello everyone, what are the rules and regulations for the AWC? Are the errors occurs because you are limited to a specific amount of search per day or week?

Thank you
Based on the errors Iím seeing, and from what Iíve read in the recent comments here at this thread since yesterday, itís a general issue at the moment, so thereís no need to keep asking or notifying the over-bombarded Bovine. He is already aware and will look at it when convenient.

I see youíre a new FlyerTalk member. Welcome and please review the notes in the Wiki at the beginning of this thread if youíre trying to access the tool as a NEW registrant. You will need to meet the minimum criteria to qualify. To avoid a perma-ban, do NOT send any PMs to ANYONE to request for access until you have read and understood the requirements.
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Old Mar 17, 23, 10:27 am
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Aaaand we're back.

Thanks JacFlyer for the assistance. Saved me several hours from my busy schedule.
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Old Mar 17, 23, 10:38 am
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Yes! Confirming itís working for me now.

Thanks to you, and JacFlyer to bring it back online when there is no obligation for you to do so.
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Old Mar 17, 23, 10:39 am
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Originally Posted by JJonahJ View Post
Yes! Confirming itís working for me now.

Thanks to you, and JacFlyer to bring it back online when there is no obligation for you to do so.
I mean it's a pretty useful tool for me too

I want it to work
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Old Mar 17, 23, 10:53 am
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Originally Posted by canadiancow View Post
Aaaand we're back.

Thanks JacFlyer for the assistance. Saved me several hours from my busy schedule.
Omg TY!

Looks good
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Old Mar 17, 23, 10:55 am
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Originally Posted by canadiancow View Post
I mean it's a pretty useful tool for me too

I want it to work
Understood, and well on you for getting it working again.

Iím not sure what the numbers are, but Iíll say this on behalf of the THOUSANDS of people you have given the (now-limited) access to this specific AC Reward Search cowtool: Please accept a HUGE THANKS to you (and JacFlyer) for your EXTRA time taken out of your non-day-job hours to provide and restore. Itís not trivial, and we all should be HUGELY APPRECIATIVE.

Iíve seen you write about your father in the past and I canít help but think of how proud he must be of you and your accomplishments. Even moreso, the well-respected person you have become, all well-earned
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Old Mar 17, 23, 11:04 am
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THANK YOU!
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Old Mar 17, 23, 11:08 am
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Originally Posted by JJonahJ View Post
Iíve seen you write about your father in the past and I canít help but think of how proud he must be of you and your accomplishments. Even moreso, the well-respected person you have become, all well-earned
Oh gosh, please don't say things like that. He reads FT
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Old Mar 17, 23, 11:26 am
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Yes I am a new member. Thank you so much for the information.
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Old Mar 19, 23, 11:15 pm
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sorry man....hate to sound like broken record.....getting "error" again tonight
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Old Mar 20, 23, 2:41 am
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Originally Posted by YVRStarFlyer View Post
sorry man....hate to sound like broken record.....getting "error" again tonight
Interesting, I haven't seen the error since cow fixed it
and I check my bookmarked URL about twice a day for the last week
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