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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 Aug 8, 18, 2:24 am
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Originally Posted by Sam Bee View Post
332? So one of the QR planes I assume. Enjoy. I've been in August. Could walk more than a metre without my sunglasses steaming up...

LHR MCT 1955#0625 BA 79
J7 C4 D3 RC IC Y8 B5 H2 K2 M2 332 L2 V2 S2 N2 QC OC G0

MCT LHR 0805 1315 BA 80
J7 C3 D3 R3 I3 Y9 B9 H9 K9 M9 L9 V9 S9 N9 Q9 O9 G6
Thanks! Weather doesn't look too bad, currently 29-32 degrees (cooler than london!)
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Old Aug 8, 18, 11:17 am
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Can someone check BA291 LHR-PHX on Fri August 24.

Many thanks.
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Old Aug 8, 18, 3:22 pm
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Originally Posted by SSintheair View Post
Can someone check BA291 LHR-PHX on Fri August 24.

Many thanks.
Shows the following:

F8 A7 J9 C9 D9 R9 I9 W9 E5 T0 Y9 B9
H9 K9 M9 L9 V6 S1 N1 Q0 O9 G9
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Old Aug 9, 18, 3:58 am
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Could someone check LGW-LIG Fri 10th August (BA2792, tomorrow). Seems impossibly busy and I'm trying to get the family to check-in early (they don't travel much and don't really get it!). Thanks!
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Old Aug 9, 18, 4:01 am
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Originally Posted by mmxbreaks View Post
Could someone check LGW-LIG Fri 10th August (BA2792, tomorrow). Seems impossibly busy and I'm trying to get the family to check-in early (they don't travel much and don't really get it!). Thanks!
BA 2792
LGW 10/08/18 7:15
LIG 10/08/18 9:40
320
J0 C0 D0 R0 I0 Y0 B0 H0 K0 M0 L0 V0 N0 O0 Q0 S0 G0

As full as it gets! Good Luck!
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Old Aug 9, 18, 4:12 am
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Originally Posted by peterinlewesuk View Post
BA 2792
LGW 10/08/18 7:15
LIG 10/08/18 9:40
320
J0 C0 D0 R0 I0 Y0 B0 H0 K0 M0 L0 V0 N0 O0 Q0 S0 G0

As full as it gets! Good Luck!
Surprised they've not squeezed an A320 in there instead of the A319.

Well, check-in desks open from 04:15 for that flight according to the Gatwick website, so will tell them to get up EARLY.

Thanks for looking.
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Old Aug 9, 18, 4:16 am
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It is an A320 !!

Online check in open now!
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Old Aug 9, 18, 2:26 pm
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Bear in mind that if you are not near them, you can check them in online and not collect the boarding pass, then they're checked in for purposes of overselling (so less likely to be offloaded) but they can collect boarding passes at the airport. Use ba.com rather than the app because that makes it much clearer when you're about to download the boarding pass (which you want to avoid).
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Old Aug 9, 18, 5:02 pm
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Can someone check BA2039 LGW-MCO 16/8 please?
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Old Aug 9, 18, 5:43 pm
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Originally Posted by davrossuk View Post
can someone check ba2039 lgw-mco 16/8 please?
j4 c4 d4 r2 i0 w9 e9 t9 y9 b9 h9 k9m9 l9 v9 s9 n9 q9 o9 g9
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Old Aug 10, 18, 12:42 am
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Originally Posted by golfmad View Post
j4 c4 d4 r2 i0 w9 e9 t9 y9 b9 h9 k9m9 l9 v9 s9 n9 q9 o9 g9
Thank you
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Old Aug 10, 18, 12:59 am
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BA6314 DUR-CPT 10/08 ( Today).
Thanks
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Old Aug 10, 18, 1:13 am
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Originally Posted by Flame3601 View Post
BA6314 DUR-CPT 10/08 ( Today).
Thanks
J4 C4 D4 R4 I4 Y9 B9 H9 K9 M9 L9 V9S9 N9 Q9 O7 G9

Linus
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Old Aug 10, 18, 1:17 am
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Originally Posted by uklinus View Post
J4 C4 D4 R4 I4 Y9 B9 H9 K9 M9 L9 V9S9 N9 Q9 O7 G9

Linus
Thanks a ton. There was me thinking today was looking good for an op-up after a 737-800 switch to a 737-400, instead I lost my empty seat next to me .
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Old Aug 10, 18, 7:11 am
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Sorry another one please .

CPT-JNB 11/08 BA6412
JNB-CPT 11/08 BA6431

Thanks.
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