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Help to check BA seat availability and BA flight loads

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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 Jun 13, 18, 1:27 am
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Originally Posted by tinkicker View Post
Genuine question but are you sure they sum like that? I've always interpreted it as being (in this case) 3 club tickets available? As in for full price 3 are available but we'd sell all 3 at a bit of a discount ("c" class) or 1 at a bigger discount (D or R). SO if someone went online to buy 3 tickets they'd find them priced at the "C " bucket and if they bought them then all the numbers would be zero.
Good question / point

Originally Posted by timcjp View Post
My understanding is that this is the tickets being sold at that particular time. So each time someone makes a purchase or cancels, then all of the available booking classes will be updated based on the airlines revenue algorithm which will factor in not only how many physical seats available on the plane, but how much overselling they wish to do based on chances of existing seats being cancelled etc. etc. Quite often you might see that WT+ gets oversold when CW seats are available as they will then put through some upgrades, or similarly oversell CW if there is First availability etc.

All in all, I think these numbers can be a useful indicator but they are really a 'point in time' indication as no one knows what is going to happen next... who might cancel, who might buy more seats, what the airline might oversell etc. etc.
Absolutely, you can run the same EF search in the space of a few minutes and come up with completely different results
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Old Jun 13, 18, 2:46 am
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Old Jun 13, 18, 8:55 am
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Afternoon, Grateful if i could get the numbers for the BA458 LHR-MAD and the BA461 MAD-LHR both for this Saturday 16th June. Wandering if its worth paying for the CE upgrade on the way out or FLUB on the way back.

TIA!
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Old Jun 13, 18, 9:36 am
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Originally Posted by ceej123 View Post
Afternoon, Grateful if i could get the numbers for the BA458 LHR-MAD and the BA461 MAD-LHR both for this Saturday 16th June. Wandering if its worth paying for the CE upgrade on the way out or FLUB on the way back.

TIA!
BA458: J9 C5 D3 R0 I0 Y9 B0 H0 K0 M0 L0 V0 N0 O0 Q0 S0 G8

BA461 J9 C6 D3 R9 I0 Y9 B9 H9 K8 M6 L3 V0 N0 Q0 O0 S0 G3

Club looks quite empty on the 777 seatmap too. I don't expect they will use FLUB.
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Old Jun 14, 18, 2:07 am
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Newbie Question

If the flight load show all classes have 0 for a flight does it indicate it will be a full flight? We have 8 people traveling and wonder if its better just to select our seats now. I have never flown BA before. Would it be difficult to get 4 seats together as soon as the 24 hour window opens?

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Old Jun 14, 18, 3:22 am
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Originally Posted by Janette107 View Post
If the flight load show all classes have 0 for a flight does it indicate it will be a full flight? We have 8 people traveling and wonder if its better just to select our seats now. I have never flown BA before. Would it be difficult to get 4 seats together as soon as the 24 hour window opens?
Answer is probably / possibly / possibly. It indicates it's a very busy flight, but may not end up running 100% full for a variety of reasons.

As to the possibly's - If you want to guarantee you are sitting together, and don't mind paying BA's seat selection fee (which i'd never pay) then do it. However, BA is not 'ryanair-esque' in using algorythm's to try and deliberately sit you in separate seats across the plane to 'encourage' you to pay up in advance. They WILL try and seat you together, it just may not be possible due to amount of people on flight that have prebooked seats / card holders that get free seat allocation.

Personally i'd be logging in at 24 hours + 5 minutes before the flight to prebook - and you may end up in 3 different groups or so, but fairly confident that everyone would be sitting with someone they know.
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Old Jun 14, 18, 12:24 pm
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Could someone tell me about seat availabilty for BA 2225 from LCY to JSI on Monday 25 June,please. Also, I have no experience of the cityflier service .....is it worth paying for Club Europe? Many thanks.
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Old Jun 14, 18, 5:54 pm
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Originally Posted by cosmos57 View Post
Could someone tell me about seat availabilty for BA 2225 from LCY to JSI on Monday 25 June,please. Also, I have no experience of the cityflier service .....is it worth paying for Club Europe? Many thanks.
Hi, it looks pretty full already:

J1 C1 D0 R0 I0 Y1 B1 H0 K0 M0 L0 V0 N0 O0 Q0 S0 G0

WRT Club Europe, depends on how much more the ticket is! The seat is same but you get food and drink. Plus a J seat would earn you 80 TP and more miles if that is important to you.
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Old Jun 14, 18, 11:52 pm
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Thank you timcjp - I appreciate your time and advice.
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Old Jun 15, 18, 5:36 pm
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Can anyone check if the aircraft configuration has changed from the 52W MCO-LGW (BA2036) on Saturday 16th June?
We UUA from Y and can't check-in on-line. Might we be lucky and end up in J?

Thanks.
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Old Jun 15, 18, 6:03 pm
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Originally Posted by w3andw4d View Post
Can anyone check if the aircraft configuration has changed from the 52W MCO-LGW (BA2036) on Saturday 16th June?
We UUA from Y and can't check-in on-line. Might we be lucky and end up in J?

Thanks.
It is still showing 52W and fairly open in all cabins:

J4 C4 D4 R2 I0 W8 E8 T6 Y9 B9 H9 K9M9 L9 V9 S9 N9 Q9 O9 G9
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Old Jun 16, 18, 4:06 am
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Originally Posted by golfmad View Post
It is still showing 52W and fairly open in all cabins:

J4 C4 D4 R2 I0 W8 E8 T6 Y9 B9 H9 K9M9 L9 V9 S9 N9 Q9 O9 G9
Thanks very much for your reply golfmad.
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Old Jun 16, 18, 5:55 am
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Could anyone help with BA112 on 20 June? In particular the UD. Thanks
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Old Jun 17, 18, 3:13 pm
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Evening All,

Any assistance would be appreciated,

Friend had a Flybe flight cancelled this evening.

Could someone kindly check BA availability from GLA to LCY (BA8271) or GLA-LHR (BA1145) on the 18/06/18?

Ta
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Old Jun 17, 18, 10:43 pm
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Would one of you be kind enough to give me the current loads of BA32 & BA28 (HKG > LHR) this Thursday June 21? Much appreciated
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