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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 Sep 25, 17, 9:00 am
  #421  
 
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Originally Posted by jen_lc View Post
Hi all - I wonder if someone would be so kind as to help me with flight loads for two upcoming flights?

BA93 LHR to YYZ on Thurs 12 October
BA98 YYZ to LHR on Sat 21 October

Currently booked into WT on the way to YYZ, and WT+ on the return leg.

Would really like to upgrade to WT+ on the outbound but it was booked through TA (travelling for work) so no option of an online upgrade offer, and it's the lowest fare class so no option to upgrade with avios. I am guessing my only option will to see if a paid upgrade will be available at the airport on the day, but also not sure how possible that is/i.e. how busy the flight is. Cheers.
Probably too early to tell this far out, and also ... just because the flight is busy, doesn't mean you're "not" getting cheap upgrades. The best case scenario for upgrades is an overbooked economy and an empty premium economy - in that scenario, anyone who is willing to pay to be upgraded is a win because it means they free up an empty economy seat and get paid for it, rather than being forced to upgrade someone for free.
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Old Sep 25, 17, 3:39 pm
  #422  
 
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Hi All, Please could someone check the following flights for me?


29/09 LHR-CPT BA0059
1/10 CPT-LHR BA0058


Many thanks for your help
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Old Sep 25, 17, 11:35 pm
  #423  
 
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Originally Posted by annie10 View Post
hi all, please could someone check the following flights for me?


29/09 lhr-cpt ba0059
1/10 cpt-lhr ba0058


many thanks for your help
ba 59 lhr 09/29/17 9:30 pm cpt 09/30/17 10:00 am
f1 a0 j1 c0 d0 r0 i0 w2 e0 t0 y4 b0 h0 k0 m0 l0 v0 s0 n0 q0 o0 g0

ba 58 cpt 10/01/17 7:30 pm lhr 10/02/17 6:30 am
f8 a8 j9 c9 d9 r0 i0 w4 e0 t0 y9 b9 h8 k4 m2 l0 v0 s0 n0 q0 o0 g0
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Old Sep 26, 17, 12:53 am
  #424  
 
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Good morning.

Would someone kindly check BA2608 LGW NAP 27Sep.

Thank you
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Old Sep 26, 17, 3:30 am
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Originally Posted by windowontheAside View Post
Good morning.

Would someone kindly check BA2608 LGW NAP 27Sep.

Thank you
WED 27SEP17 LONDON AREA /NAPLES
LGW NAP 1425 1805 BA2608
J0 C0 DC RC IC Y1 B1 H0 K0 M0 LC VC NC QC OC SC G0

BA's other 2 LGW-NAP flights tomorrow seem almost empty (if that helps)
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Old Sep 26, 17, 9:02 am
  #426  
 
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Originally Posted by Cymro View Post
Probably too early to tell this far out, and also ... just because the flight is busy, doesn't mean you're "not" getting cheap upgrades. The best case scenario for upgrades is an overbooked economy and an empty premium economy - in that scenario, anyone who is willing to pay to be upgraded is a win because it means they free up an empty economy seat and get paid for it, rather than being forced to upgrade someone for free.
No worries, thanks for the information. I think WT+ is normally full or near-to-full on BA flights to Toronto so I am not crossing my fingers. However, I'll likely still ask for an update regardless closer to my flying date, just in case!
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Old Sep 26, 17, 9:51 am
  #427  
 
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Hi there. Would someone be able to kindly check the following please;

YVR-LHR 13th Oct BA084
LHR-YVR - 20th Oct BA085

Booked into WT+ wondering if any availability will appear for upgrade (Avios) as we get closer to the flight(s).

Thanks

drwoodsy

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Old Sep 26, 17, 9:56 am
  #428  
 
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Originally Posted by Sam Bee View Post
WED 27SEP17 LONDON AREA /NAPLES
LGW NAP 1425 1805 BA2608
J0 C0 DC RC IC Y1 B1 H0 K0 M0 LC VC NC QC OC SC G0

BA's other 2 LGW-NAP flights tomorrow seem almost empty (if that helps)
Danggit. I'm booked on this one so little chance of theoretical seating giving me an empty seat.

Also explains why there have been no CE award seats offered at any point over the last couple of months, but both other flights have had them.

Ahh well. Thanks for the info.
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Old Sep 27, 17, 2:15 am
  #429  
 
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Could someone please check both BA2725 IBZ-LGW and BA8462 IBZ-LCY today 27/10.
Both are showing as delayed and now LCY flight is showing as leaving at the same time as the LCY. I recall a while back reading that you could move to a different flight on the same day FOC. Would this apply here and if so how would I do this?

Thanks
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Old Sep 27, 17, 2:49 am
  #430  
 
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Could someone please check tomorrow (28 Sep) LGW-UVF in club. No seats available to reserve at 24 hours before for our reward flight.
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Old Sep 27, 17, 2:51 am
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Originally Posted by strickers View Post
Could someone please check tomorrow (28 Sep) LGW-UVF in club. No seats available to reserve at 24 hours before for our reward flight.
UK Position

BA 2159
LGW 28/09/17 10:00
UVF 28/09/17 13:45
777
J0 C0 D0 R0 I0 W0 E0 T0 Y0 B0 H0 K0 M0 L0 V0 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G0

Looks pretty cosy.
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Old Sep 27, 17, 2:52 am
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Ouch, thanks.
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Old Sep 27, 17, 2:59 am
  #433  
 
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I would appreciate a load check for BA 0274 on 19/10/17 (LAS-LHR). I am hoping for some late reward seat releases

Thanks in advance.
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Old Sep 27, 17, 3:05 am
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Weird, looked again a few minutes later and seat choices were available, IT glitch?
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Old Sep 27, 17, 6:20 am
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