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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 Feb 18, 18, 2:52 pm
  #1171  
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
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Originally Posted by PETER01 View Post
USA Point of Sale

BA 218
DEN 02/19/18 5:30 PM
LHR 02/20/18 9:30 AM
744
Daily
79% / 26m

F1 A0 J9 C0 D0 R0 I0 W6 E0 T0 Y9 B9 H7 K5 M4 L3 V3 S2 N1 Q0 O0 G9
Thank you very much.
Hoping they have a offer on check-in or at the desk for upgrades. Looks like there is at least 9 spots in biz open.
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Old Feb 18, 18, 3:07 pm
  #1172  
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Originally Posted by bronco122 View Post
Thank you very much.
Hoping they have a offer on check-in or at the desk for upgrades. Looks like there is at least 9 spots in biz open.
Ask at the airport and see if anything is offered.
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Old Feb 18, 18, 3:18 pm
  #1173  
 
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Any chance someone could check BA870 LHR - BUD on 2 March for me?

Thanks so much!
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Old Feb 18, 18, 3:22 pm
  #1174  
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Originally Posted by Christian K View Post
Any chance someone could check BA870 LHR - BUD on 2 March for me?

Thanks so much!
J9 C7 D4 R0 I0 Y9 B9 H0 K0 M0 L0 V0
N0 Q0 O0 S0 G0
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Old Feb 19, 18, 10:17 am
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Id be grateful if someone could check the loads on BA2154 BGI-LGW on 6th March.

Thankyou
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Old Feb 19, 18, 2:09 pm
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Originally Posted by heronb View Post
id be grateful if someone could check the loads on ba2154 bgi-lgw on 6th march.

Thankyou

f1 a1 j0 c0 d0 r0 i0 w0 e0 t0 y9 b9h9 k9 m9 l9 v9 s9 n9 q9 o9 g9
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Old Feb 19, 18, 3:06 pm
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Could someone check the loads for me please on BA 0085 on 24/02 and BA 0084 on 05/03.
Many thanks
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Old Feb 19, 18, 11:41 pm
  #1178  
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Flying today... Would someone be so kind as to check BLQ-LHR today (20FEB), BA545?

TIA
OB
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Old Feb 19, 18, 11:48 pm
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Originally Posted by OxfordBlue View Post
TIA
OB
BA 5450BLQ
20/02/18 6:35 PMLHR
20/02/18 7:55 PM319
Daily
77% / 22mJ4 C3 D1 R0 I0 Y9 B6 H3 K0 M0 L0 V0N0 Q0 O0 S0 G7
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Old Feb 19, 18, 11:50 pm
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Originally Posted by Fozziman View Post
Could someone check the loads for me please on BA 0085 on 24/02 and BA 0084 on 05/03.
Many thanks
BA 850LHR
24/02/18 5:30 PMYVR
24/02/18 7:10 PM744
Daily
75% / 24mF6 A5 J9 C9 D9 R8 I0 W7 E0 T0 Y9 B9H9 K6 M3 L1 V0 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G0

BA 840YVR
05/03/18 9:10 PMLHR
06/03/18 2:30 PM744
Daily
79% / 19mF7 A6 J9 C9 D9 R9 I9 W9 E6 T0 Y9 B9H9 K9 M9 L9 V9 S9 N9 Q9 O9 G9
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Old Feb 20, 18, 1:14 am
  #1181  
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Originally Posted by chris1979 View Post
BA 5450BLQ
20/02/18 6:35 PMLHR
20/02/18 7:55 PM319
Daily
77% / 22mJ4 C3 D1 R0 I0 Y9 B6 H3 K0 M0 L0 V0N0 Q0 O0 S0 G7
Many thanks, Chris1979, much appreciated. Looks like CE wont be quite as empty as it appeared at OLCI!
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Old Feb 20, 18, 4:39 am
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Many thanks Chris1979. Very helpful. WT plus cabin looks full.
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Old Feb 20, 18, 5:24 am
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Would really appreciate if someone could check the loads for BA98 (YYz-LHR) on 21 Feb (tomorrow). Trying to figure out if worth an upgrade or AUP :-)

many thanks!
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Old Feb 20, 18, 5:59 am
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Would someone please check loads for SA-LHR flights on Friday 2 March (that's both JNB and CPT, so 54, 56, 58 and 42)? Many thanks indeed.
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Old Feb 20, 18, 6:06 am
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Originally Posted by LondonCanuck View Post
Would really appreciate if someone could check the loads for BA98 (YYz-LHR) on 21 Feb (tomorrow). Trying to figure out if worth an upgrade or AUP :-)

many thanks!

J9 C0 D0 R0 I0 W7 E4 T0 Y9 B9 H9 K9 M8 L5 V3 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G9 (Canada POS)

J9 C0 D0 R0 I0 W7 E0 T0 Y9 B9 H9 K9 M8 L5 V2 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G9 (UK POS)
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