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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 Jul 11, 18, 4:10 am
  #2071  
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Lewes, UK
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Originally Posted by williamn78 View Post
might someone be able to check ba92, toronto to london on july 14 for me? Thank you!
ba 92
yyz 14/07/18 18:30
lhr 15/07/18 6:35
789
f1 a0 j9 c0 d0 r0 i0 w9 e0 t0 y9 b4 h4 k4 m4 l1 v1 s0 n0 q0 o0 g3
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Old Jul 11, 18, 8:47 am
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Originally Posted by mikeyfly View Post

This is probably what you can see on the seat map? Depending on status. Are you deciding whether to pay for seats or not ?
Yes, our child and I already assigned 2F and G, but my partner hasnít been assigned as heís on a different booking. All the blocked seats are open now and it seems we have a good chance to get 2E when OLCI open.
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Old Jul 11, 18, 1:51 pm
  #2073  
 
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Hi, Could someone please take a look at the load for BA55 for the 17th July - looks like its a very busy one
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Old Jul 11, 18, 1:59 pm
  #2074  
 
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Originally Posted by madderhatter View Post
Hi, Could someone please take a look at the load for BA55 for the 17th July - looks like its a very busy one

Here you go -

BA 55
LHR
07/17/18 7:05 PM
JNB
07/18/18 7:05 AM
388
Daily
59% / 107m F1 A0 J3 C0 D0 R0 I0 W0 E0 T0 Y0 B0H0 K0 M0 L0 V0 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G0
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Old Jul 11, 18, 2:02 pm
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Originally Posted by Telecasterman View Post
Here you go -

BA 55
LHR
07/17/18 7:05 PM
JNB
07/18/18 7:05 AM
388
Daily
59% / 107m F1 A0 J3 C0 D0 R0 I0 W0 E0 T0 Y0 B0H0 K0 M0 L0 V0 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G0

Thanks for that - wow that does look busy
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Old Jul 11, 18, 7:28 pm
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Hi Can someone please look at the load on BA 278 SJC-LHR on July 14.
Thanks.
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Old Jul 11, 18, 8:41 pm
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Originally Posted by jamesn00 View Post
Hi Can someone please look at the load on BA 278 SJC-LHR on July 14.
Thanks.
BA 278 0 SJC LHR 789 Sa F4 A3 J5 C1 D1 R0 I0 W2 E0 T0 Y9 B9 H9 K9 M9 L9 V9 S9 N0 Q0 O0 G9
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Old Jul 12, 18, 10:23 am
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Lhr - lax a380

Hi fellow flyers!

We are flying LHR-LAX on september on the A380. I was just wondering do any of you know how full these LAX flights usually are in september?

Have a nice summer
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Old Jul 12, 18, 10:23 am
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Originally Posted by heartface View Post
BA 278 0 SJC LHR 789 Sa F4 A3 J5 C1 D1 R0 I0 W2 E0 T0 Y9 B9 H9 K9 M9 L9 V9 S9 N0 Q0 O0 G9
Thanks. Looks like chances of a bump from WTP are low - especially as we are 3 people.
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Old Jul 12, 18, 10:42 am
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if you give the date and flight number some people can do a search on expert flyer.
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Old Jul 12, 18, 12:32 pm
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Originally Posted by Theduck1992 View Post
Hi fellow flyers!

We are flying LHR-LAX on september on the A380. I was just wondering do any of you know how full these LAX flights usually are in september?
I guess it's variable and dependent on cabin but it is an extremely busy route and in my experience F and J are nearly always full. WT+ likewise because it's small cabin. Can't speak for Y. If the query is about seat pre-allocation, a fair proportion of people are put off by the high charge and do not pay to reserve seats. For a family party it's a hefty chunk of £££. So, if you are not overly fussy about where you sit and don't mind a bit of a gamble, my instinct is to say you should be able to get tolerable seats at check-in. If it's really important to you to have one of the better seats, or seat a party together, you'd probably need to cough up and reserve. That's only one opinion - but as I say, it is a busy route.
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Old Jul 13, 18, 12:41 pm
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Anyone knows loads on BA1502 (AA 135: LHR-LAX) on July 19?

Many many thanks!
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Old Jul 13, 18, 3:01 pm
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Could someone post the load for BA212 (BOS-LHR) on 2018-08-17?

cheers!
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Old Jul 13, 18, 3:08 pm
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Could someone help with BA0009 July 12th?
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Old Jul 13, 18, 3:10 pm
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Originally Posted by sometalkofme View Post
Could someone post the load for BA212 (BOS-LHR) on 2018-08-17?

cheers!
BA 212 BOS 08/17/18 7:15 PM LHR 08/18/18 6:50 AM 388
Su,M,W,F,Sa
F3 A2 J9 C9 D9 R9 I9 W6 E0 T0 Y9 B9 H9 K9 M9 L6 V0 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G0
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