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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 Nov 26, 18, 1:08 am
  #2776  
 
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Originally Posted by jankay View Post
Thank you Spec119

looks like a busy flight home

J
Indeed have a good trip
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Old Nov 26, 18, 1:12 am
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Originally Posted by dycc View Post
Please could someone help to check the loads on BA84 YVR-LHR on 27 Nov? Thanks in advance.
Here you are

F4 A3 J9 C0 D0 R0 I0 W9 E7 T2 Y9 B9 H9 K9 M6 L2 V2 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G9
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Old Nov 26, 18, 1:30 am
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Free search of flight loads

http://flightavailability.bcdtravel....MnAvlMain.aspx
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Old Nov 26, 18, 1:40 am
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That's pretty handy. Obviously it can't do everything EF can, but if you just want availability and don't want to subscribe, it certainly does the job. Thanks for sharing.
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Old Nov 26, 18, 2:59 am
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Originally Posted by gustavmahler View Post
That's pretty handy. Obviously it can't do everything EF can, but if you just want availability and don't want to subscribe, it certainly does the job. Thanks for sharing.
I find it very useful as I don't subscribe to EF permanently apart from when I'm flying capcha code thing is a pain but their data correlates with EF
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Old Nov 28, 18, 4:48 am
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No longer have EF so calling upon a favour. Anyone able to check LHR-GRU (29/11), BA247 and GRU-LHR (2/12), BA246?

TIA
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Old Nov 28, 18, 6:24 am
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Originally Posted by dodgeflyer View Post
No longer have EF so calling upon a favour. Anyone able to check LHR-GRU (29/11), BA247 and GRU-LHR (2/12), BA246?
BA 247
0
LHR 29/11/18 21:05
GRU 30/11/18 7:15
777
Daily
79% / 17m
F5 A4 J9 C9 D9 R9 I0 W9 E5 T0 Y9 B9 H9 K9 M9 L9 V9 S9 N0 Q0 O0 G9

BA 246
0
GRU 02/12/18 17:05
LHR 03/12/18 7:00
777
Daily
85% / 15m
F1 A0 J9 C2 D2 R1 I0 W1 E0 T0 Y9 B9 H9 K9 M9 L9 V8 S8 N0 Q0 O0 G0

(UK POS)
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Old Nov 28, 18, 6:41 am
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Would someone please be kind enough to check flight BA918 LHR - STR on 30th November?

I just wanted to check how many window seats are available, and in the whole ET section there is only seat 9C available all other seats show up as "unavailable".

I've been flying this route a few times a year and it seems a bit unusual to me.

Edited to change row number
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Old Nov 28, 18, 7:03 am
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Originally Posted by jfallesen View Post
BA 247
0
LHR 29/11/18 21:05
GRU 30/11/18 7:15
777
Daily
79% / 17m
F5 A4 J9 C9 D9 R9 I0 W9 E5 T0 Y9 B9 H9 K9 M9 L9 V9 S9 N0 Q0 O0 G9

BA 246
0
GRU 02/12/18 17:05
LHR 03/12/18 7:00
777
Daily
85% / 15m
F1 A0 J9 C2 D2 R1 I0 W1 E0 T0 Y9 B9 H9 K9 M9 L9 V8 S8 N0 Q0 O0 G0

(UK POS)
thanks. Already in CW outbound so looks like a free seat next to me. But in WT+ back so look more likely to be down pressure on cabins than up... no avios availability for weeks to upgrade...
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Old Nov 28, 18, 12:34 pm
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Originally Posted by ankasi View Post
Would someone please be kind enough to check flight BA918 LHR - STR on 30th November?

I just wanted to check how many window seats are available, and in the whole ET section there is only seat 9C available all other seats show up as "unavailable".

I've been flying this route a few times a year and it seems a bit unusual to me.

Edited to change row number
The load is:
J3 c2 d0 r2 i0 y4 b2 h1 m1 l0 v0 n0 o0 q0 s0 g0

Seat map (edit: economy seat map) is indeed showing only 9C available. 78 seats blocked if I counted correctly....

Last edited by Pelu; Nov 28, 18 at 12:38 pm Reason: Typo and
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Old Nov 29, 18, 1:58 am
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Originally Posted by Pelu View Post
The load is:
J3 c2 d0 r2 i0 y4 b2 h1 m1 l0 v0 n0 o0 q0 s0 g0

Seat map (edit: economy seat map) is indeed showing only 9C available. 78 seats blocked if I counted correctly....
Thank you very much. Looked a bit better on check in this morning (about four seat to select from) and managed to get a window seat.
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Old Nov 29, 18, 6:25 pm
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Load on BA835 Sat December 1st

Iím just wondering if anybody could find out how full this flight is on Saturday.

Im hoping to have an empty seat next me as Iíll be dying from a hangover on Saturday following a Christmas party and donít really want to me near anybody 🙈😂

Im flying in ET.

Many thanks.
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Old Nov 29, 18, 6:54 pm
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You'll be wanting Help to check BA seat availability and BA flight loads

Currently
J7 C5 D2 R4 I0 Y9 B9 H6 K3 M0 L0 V0N0 O0 Q0 S0 G9

Not looking busy especially down the back; BA are selling cheap day fares.
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Old Dec 1, 18, 2:52 am
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Morning!

Can someone advise current flight loads for :

BA177 LHR>JFK Sat 08 Dec

BA178 JFK>LHR Wed 12 Dec

thanks in advance !
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Old Dec 1, 18, 3:26 am
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Can someone let me know BA73 LHR-AUH tomorrow (2/12). Iím in Club 6D.
Then BA106 DXB-LHR (5/12) 62B.

Thanks
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