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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 Dec 31, 17, 8:46 am
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Join Date: Jun 2003
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Would appreciate if someone could check the following flight: 9 JAN BA228 BWI-LHR.

Thank you for your assistance.
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Old Dec 31, 17, 9:06 am
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Originally Posted by 385thBG View Post
Would appreciate if someone could check the following flight: 9 JAN BA228 BWI-LHR.

Thank you for your assistance.
Here you go. UK Point of Sale.

BA 228
BWI 01/09/18 8:20 PM
LHR 01/10/18 8:20 AM
788
Daily
68% / 36m

J9 C9 D9 R9 I0 W9 E6 T0 Y9 B9 H9 K9
M9 L9 V9 S9 N0 Q0 O0 G7
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Old Dec 31, 17, 9:18 am
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Much appreciated, Peter01.
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Old Jan 2, 18, 8:54 am
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Afternoon
Jan 8th
LHR - PEK
BA39

Many Thanks for your help. There is a POUG on offer WTP -> CW for 649
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Old Jan 2, 18, 9:00 am
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Here is the load figure as of now: F3 A3 J6 C7 D7 R0 I0 W7 E3 T2 Y9 B9H9 K9 M9 L9 V9 S9 N9 Q9 O9 G9 , very light load indeed !
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Old Jan 2, 18, 9:04 am
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Smile

Originally Posted by Flame3601 View Post
Here is the load figure as of now: F3 A3 J6 C7 D7 R0 I0 W7 E3 T2 Y9 B9H9 K9 M9 L9 V9 S9 N9 Q9 O9 G9 , very light load indeed !
Thanks very much, I may just hang fire and cross fingers as a GCH :-)
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Old Jan 2, 18, 9:42 am
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Originally Posted by Suggs99 View Post
Thanks very much, I may just hang fire and cross fingers as a GCH :-)
Hehe you better cross tightly , as i doubt BA will op-up you as there is no need.
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Old Jan 2, 18, 10:07 am
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Originally Posted by Flame3601 View Post
Hehe you better cross tightly , as i doubt BA will op-up you as there is no need.
Lol
Of course my bad. OK then maybe a empty Wtp seat next to me then
😊
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Old Jan 2, 18, 10:52 am
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Originally Posted by Suggs99 View Post
Lol
Of course my bad. OK then maybe a empty Wtp seat next to me then
😊
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That sounds more realistic ! Safe journey none the less .
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Old Jan 4, 18, 8:22 am
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Hi,

Would someone be able to check the load for the following service:

BA0219 -> LHR to DEN -> 8th Feb 2018
BA0218 -> DEN to LHR -> 17th Feb 2018.

Trying to add a late addition to our party of 9.

Cheers
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Old Jan 5, 18, 10:29 am
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Hi could someone check the current loads for

Ba3279 3rd Feb

thanks!
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Old Jan 5, 18, 11:21 am
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Originally Posted by dtcbox44 View Post
hi,

would someone be able to check the load for the following service:

Ba0219 -> lhr to den -> 8th feb 2018
ba0218 -> den to lhr -> 17th feb 2018.

Trying to add a late addition to our party of 9.

Cheers
thu 08feb18 london area /denver
1 lhr den 1125 1420 ba 219
f8 a7 j9 c9 d9 r9 i9 w7 ec tc y9 b9 h9 k9 m9 l9 v9 s9 n9 q9 o5 g0

sat 17feb18 denver /london area
1 den lhr 1720#0920 ba 218
f3 a2 j8 c1 dc rc ic w2 ec tc y9 b4 h2 k2 m1 lc vc sc nc qc oc g0
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Old Jan 5, 18, 11:23 am
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Originally Posted by lizban View Post
Hi could someone check the current loads for

Ba3279 3rd Feb

thanks!
Pls provide the routing in future as that's how most people check

SAT 03FEB18 LONDON AREA /FLORENCE
1 LCY FLR 0705 1010 @BA3279
J9 C9 D9 R9 I9 Y9 B9 H9 K9 M9 L9 V9 NC QC OC SC G0

Note the @ indicates this flight is: *OPERATED BY CJ*
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Old Jan 5, 18, 12:20 pm
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Thanks Sam Bee- will add route details in the future.
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Old Jan 6, 18, 8:58 am
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Hi there,

Would someone be kind enough to check and post the seat availability for the following flights.

Sat 13 Jan London- Abu Dhabi (AUH) BA0073
Thurs 1 Feb Abu Dhabi(AUH) - London BA0072
Many thanks.
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