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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 Mar 9, 18, 6:14 pm
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Originally Posted by ExpatSomchai View Post
BA 31 17/3 LHR - HKG please
BA 31
LHR 03/17/18 6:25 PM
HKG03/18/18 2:20 PM
388
Daily
50% / 33m

F2 A1 J9 C1 D0 R0 I0 W2 E0 T0 Y1 B0
H0 K0 M0 L0 V0 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G0

Very full at the moment but also very changeable though given it's a heavy business route and it's another week away.
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Old Mar 9, 18, 6:15 pm
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Thanks Peter
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Old Mar 9, 18, 6:19 pm
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Originally Posted by ExpatSomchai View Post
Thanks Peter
My pleasure, I'm new to Expertflyer and discovering all it's great information/tools there so it's good practice for me!
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Old Mar 10, 18, 1:53 am
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Hello,

New to FlyerTalk and also my first time flying F next week. Would someone please be able to check BA297 LHR - ORD Mar 14th?

Thank you
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Old Mar 10, 18, 2:38 am
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Hi there

Can someone check BA57 LHR to JNB on 13 March please

many thanks

Karen
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Old Mar 10, 18, 2:48 am
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Originally Posted by Karen762 View Post
Hi there

Can someone check BA57 LHR to JNB on 13 March please

many thanks

Karen
Good morning

Here you go

BA 57 LHR
13/03/18 21:10 JNB
14/03/18 10:15 388

F5 A4 J9 C2 D1 R0 I0 W9 E9 T9 Y9 B9H9 K9 M9 L6 V3 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G9
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Old Mar 10, 18, 2:49 am
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Originally Posted by Mks6 View Post
Hello,

New to FlyerTalk and also my first time flying F next week. Would someone please be able to check BA297 LHR - ORD Mar 14th?

Thank you
Good morning

Here you go

BA 297 LHR
14/03/18 15:45 ORD
14/03/18 19:35 777

F2 A1 J9 C0 D0 R0 I0 W9 E8 T7 Y9 B9H9 K9 M9 L9 V9 S9 N9 Q9 O0 G9

Have a great flight!
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Old Mar 10, 18, 3:05 am
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Many thanks cwagsg
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Old Mar 10, 18, 2:49 pm
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Hi. Could someone help check BA85 LHR - YVR 11th March ?
Thanks
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Old Mar 10, 18, 2:57 pm
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Originally Posted by gillbee View Post
hi. Could someone help check ba85 lhr - yvr 11th march ?
Thanks
​​​​​​f2 a1 j5 c0 d0 r0 i0 w4 e1 t0 y3 b0 h0 k0 m0 l0 v0 s0 n0 q0 o0 g0
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Old Mar 10, 18, 3:03 pm
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Originally Posted by fin_dg View Post
​​​​​​f2 a1 j5 c0 d0 r0 i0 w4 e1 t0 y3 b0 h0 k0 m0 l0 v0 s0 n0 q0 o0 g0

​​​​​​Much appreciated Thanks
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Old Mar 10, 18, 4:42 pm
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Hello, new to expert flyer, for BA0192 on 3/12, I'm seeing:
F6 A5 J9 C1 D0 R0 I0 W9 E0 T0 Y9 B6 H3 K0 M0 L0 V0 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G9

I just want to make sure I'm interpreting right, this appears to be a pretty open flight,Am I reading this correctly that these are unsold seats, or just unassigned seats? I'm hoping for the possibility of a YUP from WT+-->J.
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Old Mar 10, 18, 7:07 pm
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Originally Posted by cwagsg View Post
Good morning

Here you go

BA 297 LHR
14/03/18 15:45 ORD
14/03/18 19:35 777

F2 A1 J9 C0 D0 R0 I0 W9 E8 T7 Y9 B9H9 K9 M9 L9 V9 S9 N9 Q9 O0 G9

Have a great flight!
Thank you!
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Old Mar 11, 18, 12:11 pm
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Can anyone advise for BA119. Departing LHR for Bangalore next Sunday 18 March?

thanks in advance !
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Old Mar 11, 18, 12:55 pm
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BA () 119 0 LHR
18/03/18 2:00 PM BLR
19/03/18 5:00 AM 777
Su
57% / 35m J5 C0 D0 R0 I0 W2 E0 T0 Y9 B9 H9 K9 M9 L9 V9 S9 N9 Q7 O0 G0
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