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This is community help desk which allows members to assist each other in finding out how many seats are available on any given flight.

If you wish to request availability for a specific flight, please state the date and origin/departure airport codes, not just the flight number.

Please also restrict requests to BA/oneworld flights - flights for other airlines may be removed to avoid cluttering the thread and taking it away from BAEC.


As of 15 Oct 2014 flightstats.com no longer displays flight availability.

Fare class availability can be queried in various ways*:
* Please update wiki if you know of any others.
** Origin of data concealed and probably unauthorised (so buyer beware)


What do the codes mean?
Suppose we have a result as F1 A0 J9 C7 D0 RC IC W9 E9 T4 Y9 BC HC ...

This means:
There is 1 seat in the F bucket for sale
There are 0 seats in the A and D bucket for sale, but you can join the waitlist in case seats get released later.
There are at least 9 seats in the J, W, E and Y buckets.
The R, I, B and H buckets are closed to waitlisting.

There are two important things to note about how to interpret these numbers that many people don't understand as it is very counter intuitive:
1) There is NO direct relation to the actual number of seats available on the specific flight. They only mean that the airline is willing to sell this many seats on that specific flight. The airline may intend to oversell seats or withhold seats from sale for many reasons.

2) In the example above, the results show W9 E9 T4 (which are all WT+ buckets). This does not mean that there are 9+9+4=22 seats for sale. Interpret these numbers as "there are at least 9 seats for sale in WT+". There could really be anywhere between 9 and 22 seats for sale - we just can't tell from the numbers the system gives us. Therefore, the conservative approach of assuming that there are at least 9 seats for sale is usually the best one.


What does the "C" mean?
Closed to waitlisting.
In the example above we have RC, IC, BC and HC. This is different to A0 and D0: The A and D buckets are "full" but you can apply to join their waitlists (if your fare permits waitlisting). With R, I, B and H you cannot even request a seat.

The carrier will determine how to confirm your seat if it wishes. Sometimes this may happen immediately, other times only a few minutes before the flight's departure. The order of the waitlist is determined by the carrier privately, but your Executive Club status will push you towards the front of the queue. Many cheap fares do not allow waitlisting.


Differences for non-BA airlines
  • Some carriers (those using Sabre such as AA) only show a maximum of 7 available seats (not 9). Others only show a maximum of 5.
  • Some carriers use "L" instead of "0" (e.g., CL DL YL) to indicate you may waitlist for the seat. This tends to happen when the entire flight is on a list basis.
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Old Apr 24, 18, 5:53 am
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Could a kind person check BA295 LHR-ORD this Thursday 26 April? Many thanks. BA235
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Old Apr 24, 18, 5:54 am
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Originally Posted by BA235 View Post
Could a kind person check BA295 LHR-ORD this Thursday 26 April? Many thanks. BA235
Here you go:

Results from ExpertFlyer.com

Flight Availability Search
Departing LHR on 26/04/18 0:00 for ORD
Flying BA
Direct/Non-Stop Only
Exclude Codeshares
Point of Sale: UK

Frequency
Flight Stops Depart Arrive Aircraft Reliability Available Classes
0 Connections
BA 295 0 LHR ORD 744 Daily F6 A5 J9 C4 D0 R0 I0 W9 E0 T0 Y9 B9 H9 K8 M5 L4 V3 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G9
26/04/18 10:30 26/04/18 13:10 73% / 29m
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Old Apr 24, 18, 5:57 am
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Thank you, Lucanesque
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Old Apr 24, 18, 6:34 am
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Originally Posted by Pilot37 View Post
BA 2238
LIM 07/20/18 8:00 PM
LGW 07/21/18 2:20 PM
777
J9 C9 D9 R9 I9 W9 E9 T6 Y2 B1 H2 K0
M0 L0 V0 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G0

Busy down the back, but CW is quiet and all bassinets are still available.

Pilot37
Thank you!
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Old Apr 24, 18, 7:06 am
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Hi

Would someone mind checking BA7 1/5/18 LHR-HND

will
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Old Apr 24, 18, 7:19 am
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Originally Posted by Willphipps View Post
Hi

Would someone mind checking BA7 1/5/18 LHR-HND

will
BA 7
LHR 05/01/18 11:40 AM
HND 05/02/18 7:10 AM
777
F7 A6 J9 C4 D1 R0 I0 W9 E9 T9 Y9 B9
H9 K9 M9 L6 V3 S0 N9 Q0 O9 G9

Pilot37
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Old Apr 24, 18, 11:22 am
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Could someone please kindly check flight BA7 LHR - HND on 08/May/2018 please? Thanks in advance!
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Old Apr 24, 18, 11:38 am
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Originally Posted by k_cheng View Post
Could someone please kindly check flight BA7 LHR - HND on 08/May/2018 please? Thanks in advance!
UK POS

F1 A0 J1 C0 D0 R0 I0 W9 E6 T0 Y9 B9 H9 K9 M9 L8 V5 S1 N0 Q0 O0 G0
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Old Apr 24, 18, 4:25 pm
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Could I please ask for a availability check on the following....

BA287 14:15 LHR-SFO 3/5/18

Many Thanks
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Old Apr 24, 18, 4:40 pm
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Originally Posted by BABoy84 View Post
Could I please ask for a availability check on the following....

BA287 14:15 LHR-SFO 3/5/18

Many Thanks
F0 A0 J9 C9 D9 R9 I0 W8 E6 T6 Y9 B9 H9 K9 M9 L9 V9 S9 N9 Q9 O9 G9

There you are! Very open, except First where the service is fully booked.
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Old Apr 24, 18, 4:42 pm
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Originally Posted by BABoy84 View Post
Could I please ask for a availability check on the following....

BA287 14:15 LHR-SFO 3/5/18

Many Thanks
Here you go. Looks wide open apart from First.

BA 287
LHR - 05/03/18 2:15 PM
SFO - 05/03/18 5:20 PM388
Daily
73% / 29m
F0 A0 J9 C9 D9 R9 I0 W8 E6 T6 Y9 B9
H9 K9 M9 L9 V9 S9 N9 Q9 O9 G9

ETA: Already posted by BA0197
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Old Apr 24, 18, 4:47 pm
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Could someone pnease check availability for

BA 65 LHR-NBO April 29
BA 64 NBO-LHR May 5

Thanks!
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Old Apr 24, 18, 4:52 pm
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Originally Posted by Kamalaasaa View Post
Could someone pnease check availability for

BA 65 LHR-NBO April 29
BA 64 NBO-LHR May 5

Thanks!
The BA65:
F9 A8 J9 C8 D4 R1 I0 W9 E9 T9 Y9 B9 H9 K9 M9 L9 V9 S9 N0 Q0 O0 G9

The BA64:
F4 A3 J9 C9 D9 R9 I9 W9 E9 T9 Y9 B9 H9 K9 M9 L9 V9 S9 N9 Q9 O0 G9

Both flights pretty wide open, the 64 more so than the 65.
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Old Apr 24, 18, 5:00 pm
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Thanks. F happens to be where I'm sat....hopefully!
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Old Apr 24, 18, 6:37 pm
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Originally Posted by BA0197 View Post
The BA65:
F9 A8 J9 C8 D4 R1 I0 W9 E9 T9 Y9 B9 H9 K9 M9 L9 V9 S9 N0 Q0 O0 G9

The BA64:
F4 A3 J9 C9 D9 R9 I9 W9 E9 T9 Y9 B9 H9 K9 M9 L9 V9 S9 N9 Q9 O0 G9

Both flights pretty wide open, the 64 more so than the 65.
Thanks very much!
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