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

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

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Wiki Link
https://acrewardsearcher.cowtool.com/

Due to abuse, you must now first register (see link at top 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.

Registration 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, feel free to PM me (please include your email address) and I'll set you up with regular access. And I will read your posts, so don't spam FT with crap please.

Alerts
Basic price alerts are currently in beta. Full search/availability alerts do not exist yet.
If you have at least 2500 FT posts and would like access to the 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. The threshold will be decreased over time.
Each account is limited to 4 alerts* for now.

* 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
Bugs:
  • Reset password doesn't seem to work
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Old May 10, 21, 12:39 pm
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Unofficial Advanced AC Reward Search Tool with Calendar (aka cowtool)

Like everyone else, I've been a little annoyed with the lack of search options under the new Aeroplan program. My typical desire is to find something like "west coast USA to Japan in F on a small date range". I can position to LAX or SEA easily, and I really only care about the long-haul segment.

I threw this together in about an hour on Saturday, and then spent another hour or so tweaking it and getting it onto AWS.

https://acrewardsearcher.cowtool.com/

Any feedback is appreciated.

Last edited by canadiancow; Jun 30, 22 at 9:51 pm Reason: Removed all the outdated nonsense
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Old May 10, 21, 12:59 pm
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Looks great.
Would like to see non-stop options too (maybe with a flag). E.g., I'm starting from Perth and want to get back to Vancouver. Don't really mind which route I take, but being able to look at various flights out of PER connecting to say YYC and SEA as well as YVR would be useful as positioning is easy then.
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Old May 10, 21, 1:28 pm
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Thanks for doing this! More tools are always useful!

I tried variations of this: https://api.ft.canadiancow.com/ac-re...lines=UA,SK,OS

But kept getting: {"message": "Endpoint request timed out"}

I'm guessing it's the date range that really pushed things too far. I trimmed the search to: https://api.ft.canadiancow.com/ac-re...lines=UA,SK,OS

But it still timed out.

Then I tried this: https://api.ft.canadiancow.com/ac-re...,J&airlines=UA

And it still timed out.

Not wanting to give up easily, I tried this: https://api.ft.canadiancow.com/ac-re...=J&airlines=UA

And it timed out.

I don't particularly mind typing all that stuff into the URL; it's no worse really than using advanced routing in ITA. Yes an interface would be nice but for now, it's not a priority for me. In terms of general usefulness (forget the fact I just went 0 for 4!), I'd say it's important to be able to search a variety of origins. Flying from East Coast, I would always consider ORD, EWR, JFK, IAD as my standard airports in addition to occasionally searching YYZ, YUL.

Thanks again for your work on this!
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Old May 10, 21, 1:31 pm
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Airports and dates are the only things that matter for being "too much" right now.

Your first is 4 * 3 * 2, which is 24, which is well over the 6-7 limit I mentioned

Your last is 2 * 2 * 1, which is 4, which should work. It did work for me.

Also, I just deployed a broken form, so uh, don't use the form yet

Edit: Fixed the form
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Old May 10, 21, 3:12 pm
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I've made a few improvements. You should be able to search close to 30 origin/destination/date combinations now. It also displays the price, since it was pointed out to me that YVR-YYZ on AC can cost a wide range of points
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Old May 10, 21, 5:06 pm
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First of all, this is amazing. I owe you a round of drinks at the next DO for sure.

Second - if there were a way to set "search I-space only", or set a maximum acceptable cost , that would be enormous. For example, if I could set as a search condition "show me any date that there's J space YVR-SYD in the first half of March, where the cost per seat is below 200,000".

Is that crazy?
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Old May 10, 21, 5:35 pm
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Not crazy at all. When I first hacked this out, I was only thinking of partner F, so "price" was never an issue.

I could filter by I/P/Z/etc for AC, but I could just as easily filter by price, which sounds like it's more what you care about.

Stuff like that is pretty trivial to add. I'm drinking some bubbly in SJD right now, but when I might get in the pool with my laptop and add that feature in a few minutes.
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Old May 10, 21, 5:50 pm
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Originally Posted by canadiancow View Post
Not crazy at all. When I first hacked this out, I was only thinking of partner F, so "price" was never an issue.

I could filter by I/P/Z/etc for AC, but I could just as easily filter by price, which sounds like it's more what you care about.

Stuff like that is pretty trivial to add. I'm drinking some bubbly in SJD right now, but when I might get in the pool with my laptop and add that feature in a few minutes.
Nice tool, Cow. Kudos as always.

I presume the "cabin" option truly means cabin, and not fare class? AKA, "J" means "any business class seat"? If it's really just cabin, then that entry field might be better served as four checkboxes (F, J, PY, Y)

It would be great if there were some output sort options. Sort by points might even be the default, but I could imagine sort by date - and heck, even sort by plane might be useful (to easily find the lie-flat options)
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Old May 10, 21, 5:59 pm
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Originally Posted by canopus27 View Post
Nice tool, Cow. Kudos as always.

I presume the "cabin" option truly means cabin, and not fare class? AKA, "J" means "any business class seat"? If it's really just cabin, then that entry field might be better served as four checkboxes (F, J, PY, Y)

It would be great if there were some output sort options. Sort by points might even be the default, but I could imagine sort by date - and heck, even sort by plane might be useful (to easily find the lie-flat options)
Yes, cabin.

And yes, that does sound like a better option for the input.

Right now, it should sort by date, then origin, then destination, then cabin. I'm sure I could add some simple js to allow you to sort the results client-side.
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Old May 10, 21, 6:12 pm
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Originally Posted by canadiancow View Post
Not crazy at all. When I first hacked this out, I was only thinking of partner F, so "price" was never an issue.

I could filter by I/P/Z/etc for AC, but I could just as easily filter by price, which sounds like it's more what you care about.

Stuff like that is pretty trivial to add. I'm drinking some bubbly in SJD right now, but when I might get in the pool with my laptop and add that feature in a few minutes.
Never let me be the one to come between a man and his beverage.

Part of this is me thinking about times I'm trying to book AC metal with partner points (like an ANA RTW) but it's also nice to be able to filter the days that are priced so high there may as well not be availability.
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Old May 10, 21, 6:32 pm
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Okay, so now you can filter by maximum price, and you can choose cabins with a much more intuitive set of checkboxes.

My laptop is running out of power though, and I'm not sure it's a good idea to plug it in while I'm in the pool.
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Old May 10, 21, 8:31 pm
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my laptop is running out of power though, and i'm not sure it's a good idea to plug it in while i'm in the pool.
noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
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Old May 10, 21, 9:32 pm
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My laptop is running out of power though, and I'm not sure it's a good idea to plug it in while I'm in the pool.
Would the result be beef stew, or steak sous vide?

You're already figuratively killing yourself for the community's benefit here, let's skip the part where you do it literally.
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Old May 10, 21, 9:34 pm
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My laptop is running out of power though, and I'm not sure it's a good idea to plug it in while I'm in the pool.
That might make for some extra well-done cow!
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Old May 11, 21, 12:19 pm
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One other question - is the pricing the "no status, no credit card" price? Presuming so, but always worth checking those things!
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