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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*:
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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 1, 17, 3:11 pm
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
J0 C0 D0 R0 I0
W0 E0 T0
Y1 B1 H1 K0 M0 L0 V0 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G0

AKA as full!
Thank you very much corporate-wage-slave, much appreciated
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Old Nov 2, 17, 3:55 am
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Could someone check BA11 LHR-SIN on 08/11/17 for me?
Thanks
JF
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Old Nov 2, 17, 4:07 am
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Originally Posted by jackflash View Post
could someone check ba11 lhr-sin on 08/11/17 for me?
Thanks
jf
uk pos

ba 11
lhr 08/11/17 19:05
sin 09/11/17 15:55
388
f2 a1 j9 c9 d9 r9 i0 w9 e9 t6 y9 b9 h9 k9 m9 l9 v9 s9 n1 q0 o0 g0
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Old Nov 2, 17, 4:08 am
  #649  
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Originally Posted by JackFlash View Post
Could someone check BA11 LHR-SIN on 08/11/17 for me?
Thanks
JF
F2 A1
J9 C9 D9 R9 I0
W9 E9 T6
Y9 B9 H9 K9 M9 L9 V9 S9 N1 Q0 O0 G0

So that's the A380, it seems not that full, but reasonably loaded in WT, but it's early days yet, a lot could change in between now and T-72.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 5:36 am
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
F2 A1
J9 C9 D9 R9 I0
W9 E9 T6
Y9 B9 H9 K9 M9 L9 V9 S9 N1 Q0 O0 G0

So that's the A380, it seems not that full, but reasonably loaded in WT, but it's early days yet, a lot could change in between now and T-72.
Thanks both. I'm booked in WT+ on a corp travel agent booking. Hoping for a reasonably priced AUP to CW available when I get to LHR.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 5:41 am
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Originally Posted by JackFlash View Post
Thanks both. I'm booked in WT+ on a corp travel agent booking. Hoping for a reasonably priced AUP to CW available when I get to LHR.
I would suggest you don't rush to check-in online at T-24, assuming you have a reasonable seat already, just check MMB for a POUG first, if this was a UK based travel agent, to see if a POUG comes up. And perhaps check the sales patterns around T-60 or so, it's really a bit too far off to call this one.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 7:51 am
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Would someone kindly check BA 218 (DEN->LHR) on Saturday Nov 4th please?
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Old Nov 2, 17, 4:31 pm
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Could anyone help pls? BA 218 this Saturday.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 4:35 pm
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Originally Posted by bronco122 View Post
Would someone kindly check BA 218 (DEN->LHR) on Saturday Nov 4th please?
Originally Posted by bronco122 View Post
Could anyone help pls? BA 218 this Saturday.
For BA218 from DEN to LHR on 4th November it's as follows:

F6 A5 J9 C0 D0 R0 I0 W2 E0 T0 Y9 B9 H8 K5 M2 L0 V0 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G9 (US POS)

F6 A5 J9 C4 D2 R0 I0 W2 E0 T0 Y9 B9 H9 K8 M5 L2 V0 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G9 (UK POS)

Hope that helps!
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Old Nov 2, 17, 5:08 pm
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Originally Posted by Geordie405 View Post
For BA218 from DEN to LHR on 4th November it's as follows:

F6 A5 J9 C0 D0 R0 I0 W2 E0 T0 Y9 B9 H8 K5 M2 L0 V0 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G9 (US POS)

F6 A5 J9 C4 D2 R0 I0 W2 E0 T0 Y9 B9 H9 K8 M5 L2 V0 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G9 (UK POS)

Hope that helps!

Thank you very much!!!!!!
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Old Nov 2, 17, 7:28 pm
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Hi, could someone check these for me please?

BA5 LHR-NRT 07/11/17
BA6 NRT-LHR 13/11/17

Thanks
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Old Nov 3, 17, 1:02 am
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Originally Posted by EDIer View Post
Hi, could someone check these for me please?

BA5 LHR-NRT 07/11/17
BA6 NRT-LHR 13/11/17

Thanks
New to expert flyer and first time I've done this so some caution required but to me :

7 November BA5: F2 A2 J9 C5 D4 R0 I0 W9 E9 T6 Y9 B9 H9 K9 M9 L9 V9 S9 N9 Q0 O9 G9

and

13 November BA6: F2 A2 J4 C2 D2 R2 I0 W5 E5 T2 Y1 B2 H2 K2 M1 L1 V0 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G0
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Old Nov 3, 17, 8:40 am
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Wondering whether I should stump up the 44 to book a seat for me & my Lady. Club looks full , I am a lowly Blue on Avios Redemption , and there aren't many alternatives so we be IDB.

Would someone please check

LHR - GIB BA 0490 16/11/17
GIB - LHR BA 0491 20/11/17

Thanks SteveG
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Old Nov 3, 17, 8:43 am
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LHR - GIB BA 0490 16/11/17
GIB - LHR BA 0491 20/11/17

Thanks SteveG
here you go

16/11/17
BA 490 J6 C2 D0 R0 I0 Y9 B7 LHRGIB 1235P 430P DCA /E
H4 K3 M0 L0 V0 N0 Q0 O0 S0 G0

20/11/17
BA 491 J9 C6 D3 R0 I0 Y9 B9 GIBLHR 520P 720P DCA /E
H8 K0 M0 L0 V0 N0 Q0 O0 S0 G0
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Old Nov 5, 17, 12:23 pm
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Would a kind soul be able to check this flight for availability:

BA 0256 Delhi to London Monday 27th Nov departs 11:05

BA have moved my 2 reserved seats in premium economy from window + adjacent seat, to two seats in the centre block.

No window seats now showing available in premium economy.

Contemplating trying to get downgraded into economy to get a window seat as that's my priority.

Thanks
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