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Unofficial AC flight status and information tool (aka cowtool)

Unofficial AC flight status and information tool (aka cowtool)

Old Dec 10, 2022, 11:01 pm
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Unofficial AC flight status and information tool (aka cowtool)

https://acflightstatus.cowtool.com/

This tool has existed in various forms for quite a while, but I've never made a thread because it wasn't useful enough.

However, with the latest changes, I think it is now quite useful.

You might have seen other tools linking to it recently. The PNR tool and the reward search tool both link all AC flights to this, for easier access.

But this will show scheduled and estimated departure time, estimated arrival time, gate information, baggage carousel information, along with FIN, registration, and wifi status for the aircraft.

It lists the available cabins on the aircraft, including menu links for each cabin (if available).

And there are seat maps. Right now, it's a very basic display, and it only shows available/blocked/occupied. But this will be improved over the coming weeks.

Feedback is definitely appreciated, as long as it's not about how the seat maps are displayed. That will change.


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Old Dec 10, 2022, 11:25 pm
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Sorry, this feedback is about how the seat map is displayed. I think it is beautiful.
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Old Dec 10, 2022, 11:54 pm
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Can I get the icon in cornflower blue?
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Old Dec 10, 2022, 11:57 pm
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Looks good
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Old Dec 11, 2022, 4:27 am
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I really appreciate this and will look forward to seeing how it evolves.

I'm trying to think of what information I often look for over the last few days before a flight and wonder about adding a simple count of seats remaining for upgrade or standby, either in the heading of each of the seat maps or perhaps just above the legend. I think that's info I and others would find useful. So that could be something like J3 O3 or Business Class (2), Premium Economy (2). I suppose I could get that information from counting the □, but still, it might be nice to have it at a glance. Including R0 or R2 might be helpful also.

Another option might be linking somewhere to SeatGuru or even the AC seat map to help those who may be selecting a seat still.

And then depending on the purpose you have in mind for this tool, you could think about having a little box telling who is within their eUpgrade window for that specific flight (SuperElite, 75K, etc), with a link to the eUpgrade page on Air Canada.
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Old Dec 11, 2022, 8:26 am
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Originally Posted by TheCanuckian
Another option might be linking somewhere to SeatGuru or even the AC seat map to help those who may be selecting a seat still.
SeatGuru is generally recognized as being pretty useless these days. The state-of-the-art seatmaps, which are often better than the airlines' own because they show the actual physical layout as opposed to a diagramatic representation, are to be found on the estimable Aerolopa (aerolopa.com), produced by one of our own Flyertalkers.
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Old Dec 11, 2022, 8:33 am
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Yet another awesome tool - appreciate it!

Suggestion: perhaps some colourized text stating "On Time" vs "Delay" somewhere in / below the flight information?
Or maybe with your code and if it pulls from Flightaware it will automatically populate like that if a delay is posted... ?

I also often like checking inbound aircraft status so a link for that?
Can of course click through Flightaware to find that information though so maybe less links / clutter is better.
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Old Dec 11, 2022, 9:07 am
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Originally Posted by TheCanuckian
I really appreciate this and will look forward to seeing how it evolves.

I'm trying to think of what information I often look for over the last few days before a flight and wonder about adding a simple count of seats remaining for upgrade or standby, either in the heading of each of the seat maps or perhaps just above the legend. I think that's info I and others would find useful. So that could be something like J3 O3 or Business Class (2), Premium Economy (2). I suppose I could get that information from counting the □, but still, it might be nice to have it at a glance. Including R0 or R2 might be helpful also.

Another option might be linking somewhere to SeatGuru or even the AC seat map to help those who may be selecting a seat still.

And then depending on the purpose you have in mind for this tool, you could think about having a little box telling who is within their eUpgrade window for that specific flight (SuperElite, 75K, etc), with a link to the eUpgrade page on Air Canada.
Believe me, if I found a way to get fare class availability, that would have been a cowtool a long time ago.

Counting the available seats tells you basically nothing.

Upgrade clearance windows depend on your fare as well. I'd rather you just go check whether you're HL or HN using the PNR tool.

Originally Posted by CanadianMike
Yet another awesome tool - appreciate it!

Suggestion: perhaps some colourized text stating "On Time" vs "Delay" somewhere in / below the flight information?
Or maybe with your code and if it pulls from Flightaware it will automatically populate like that if a delay is posted... ?

I also often like checking inbound aircraft status so a link for that?
Can of course click through Flightaware to find that information though so maybe less links / clutter is better.
So if you look in my sample screenshot, there's a time in green. That color isn't always green

Track inbound is a good idea. I'll see if that's something I can easily find.
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Old Dec 11, 2022, 9:36 am
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I'm throwing out ideas
- to clarify, this only works for AC-operated flights? or AC codeshare too? or non-AC also?
e.g. BR35 12/12/2022 YYZ-TPE is also AC6549, but returns no result

- Maybe add some description to the error, like "Error fetching flight status (2)"

- search by route? so we don't have to remember the flight #

- Can we schedule alert?

- can we search for multiple days, maybe dropdown calendar for range, like the search cowtool to provide "date range"
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Old Dec 11, 2022, 12:34 pm
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Originally Posted by jerryhung
- to clarify, this only works for AC-operated flights? or AC codeshare too? or non-AC also?
e.g. BR35 12/12/2022 YYZ-TPE is also AC6549, but returns no result
AC operated. There's a lot of logic in there to handle AC-specific things. I'm not trying to build an EF competitor. I'm trying to make my life easier when I fly AC.

Originally Posted by jerryhung
- Maybe add some description to the error, like "Error fetching flight status (2)"
You'd be surprised how much easier it is to diagnose issues with my little codes there

But I agree, that's on my list.

Originally Posted by jerryhung
- search by route? so we don't have to remember the flight #
Maybe, but it would need an intermediate step to allow you to then pick a flight. I'm not saying it's impossible (or even difficult), but it would likely be a completely different tool that just links to this one.

Originally Posted by jerryhung
- Can we schedule alert?
What kind of alerts do you want? AC with 1A is pretty good about notifying of changes. https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/air-...-notifier.html is also pretty good.

As I said, I'm not trying to replicate EF, so I don't really think I'm interested in building type/FIN swaps or seat availability alerts. But maybe. But there's so much other stuff to do first.

Originally Posted by jerryhung
- can we search for multiple days, maybe dropdown calendar for range, like the search cowtool to provide "date range"
What's your goal there? It never occurred to me that anyone would use this for anything other than "I'm booked on this flight and want more information" (but the reward search tool also underwent some very rapid changes at the beginning when I realized people wanted to use it very differently than I assumed).
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Old Dec 11, 2022, 1:19 pm
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For those of you who care about the Y seat map, I've added a new icon.
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Old Dec 11, 2022, 1:59 pm
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Originally Posted by CanadianMike
I also often like checking inbound aircraft status so a link for that?
Can of course click through Flightaware to find that information though so maybe less links / clutter is better.
You can get that info on the app, which is true for most of the info on the page. What would be handy would be if it automated the same thing I do on the app, namely keep clicking on "inbound flight" until I find where the plane is now and then try to remember what flights are between it and me and try to estimate what the odds are it'll be on time by the time it gets to me.

So ideally if it recursively fetched "incoming flight" and then just displayed the plane's current status and the list of fights between there and my flight.

Something like:

HNL -> ✈️ -> YYZ (+50min) -> ICN -> YYZ

Hmm. Could use some refinement to show where there are long stops
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Old Dec 11, 2022, 2:04 pm
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I'm literally working on inbound tracking right now haha.
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Old Dec 11, 2022, 3:38 pm
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Thank you canadiancow for this early Xmas present! Much appreciated.
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Old Dec 11, 2022, 3:45 pm
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Not sure if it's doable, but is it possible to see number of sold/available seats on a flight that don't have seats assigned yet?

One thing I would be curious about is if a flight is oversold and people can expect to get bumped off despite having a ticket.
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