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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 16, 18, 9:25 pm
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Hi, could someone be kind enough please to check BA15, LHR thru to SYD, departing LHR on Mar 19? Thanks.
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Old Mar 17, 18, 3:37 pm
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Hi,

Would appreciate if someone could check the loads on

23MAR
BA 771 (ARN-LHR)
BA 283 (LHR-LAX)

Checking on BA.com, BA771 shows as sold out and on BA283 they are only willing to sell a total of 7 seats across all classes.
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Old Mar 17, 18, 3:50 pm
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[QUOTE=PAL62V;29534314]Hi, could someone be kind enough please to check BA15, LHR thru to SYD, departing LHR on Mar 19? Thanks.[/QUOTE

F1 A0 J5 C0 D0 R0 I0 W9 E5 T0 Y9 B9 H8 K8 M8 L8 V8 S8 N0 Q0 O0 G6
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Old Mar 17, 18, 3:55 pm
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Originally Posted by B747forever View Post
Hi,

Would appreciate if someone could check the loads on

23MAR
BA 771 (ARN-LHR): J0 C0 D0 R0 I0 Y0 B0 H0 K0 M0 L0 V0 N0 Q0 O0 S0 G0 (UK POS)
BA 283 (LHR-LAX): F1 A0 J7 C1 D0 R0 I0 W3 E1 T0 Y7 B4 H2 K1 M0 L0 V0 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G0 (UK POS)

Checking on BA.com, BA771 shows as sold out and on BA283 they are only willing to sell a total of 7 seats across all classes.
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Old Mar 17, 18, 4:02 pm
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Thanks!

So BA771 sold out and likely overbooked. BA283 also looks busy. Currently in WTP, and in the past year I have been upgraded 3 times on BA283. Hopefully next week will be the 4th
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Old Mar 17, 18, 4:37 pm
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[QUOTE=fin_dg;29536815]
Originally Posted by PAL62V View Post
Hi, could someone be kind enough please to check BA15, LHR thru to SYD, departing LHR on Mar 19? Thanks.[/QUOTE

F1 A0 J5 C0 D0 R0 I0 W9 E5 T0 Y9 B9 H8 K8 M8 L8 V8 S8 N0 Q0 O0 G6
Thanks very much.
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Old Mar 18, 18, 12:43 pm
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Hello, could someone check these two flights for me please:-

04th April. BA 209 London Heathrow to Miami
13th April. BA 212 Boston to London Heathrow

Thank you in anticipation.
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Old Mar 18, 18, 2:34 pm
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Please could anyone help me with status of BA890 LHR-SOF on 2 May? Many thanks.
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Old Mar 18, 18, 3:07 pm
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Originally Posted by YorkshireJon View Post
Hello, could someone check these two flights for me please:-

04th April. BA 209 London Heathrow to Miami
13th April. BA 212 Boston to London Heathrow

Thank you in anticipation.
BA 209, 4th April:
F1 A0 J9 C9 D9 R9 I9 W4 E2 T0 Y9 B9 H9 K9 M9 L6 V3 S3 N1 Q0 O0 G0

BA 212, 13th April:
F0 A0 J9 C9 D9 R9 I5 W6 E0 T0 Y9 B9 H9 K0 M0 L0 V0 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G0

Good luck!
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Old Mar 18, 18, 3:13 pm
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Originally Posted by PZE View Post
Please could anyone help me with status of BA890 LHR-SOF on 2 May? Many thanks.
I can't see BA890 running on that day?
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Old Mar 18, 18, 3:22 pm
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Originally Posted by crablin View Post
BA 209, 4th April:
F1 A0 J9 C9 D9 R9 I9 W4 E2 T0 Y9 B9 H9 K9 M9 L6 V3 S3 N1 Q0 O0 G0

BA 212, 13th April:
F0 A0 J9 C9 D9 R9 I5 W6 E0 T0 Y9 B9 H9 K0 M0 L0 V0 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G0

Good luck!
Thank you crablin, I'm hoping to compare these results again in another two weeks!

YJ
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Old Mar 18, 18, 4:06 pm
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Originally Posted by crablin View Post
I can't see BA890 running on that day?
Thanks - apologies if a stupid question but I couldnít work out how to see if it was sold out versus not operating. It seems to operate on other Wednesdays in April and May so I assumed it would be every week. Looks like itís going to have to be AF or LH then.
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Old Mar 18, 18, 4:17 pm
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Can someone please check ba215 lhr-bos next weds 21st of march?

thank you

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Old Mar 18, 18, 4:47 pm
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seat availability ?

Looking for seat availability for the following flight

British Airways - Denver (DEN) to London/Heathrow (LHR)
flight BA218 on 3-19-18

Thanks!
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Old Mar 18, 18, 8:45 pm
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Can anyone advise BA138 departing Mumbai this Friday at 0215 to LHR?

TIA
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