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Does reward availability ever crop up last minute?

Old Jan 13, 20, 6:59 am
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Does reward availability ever crop up last minute?

Have a longhaul trip in WT+ soon. No availability to upgrade to CW. Fair enough. But I was wondering, do spaces ever get released a week before the flight etc?
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Old Jan 13, 20, 7:00 am
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Yes. Can appear at any time, and sometimes a day or two before travel.
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Old Jan 13, 20, 7:02 am
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I have found a lot less of this with J longhaul recently.

However, Y/J on shorhaul still comes up loads on day / day before.
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Old Jan 13, 20, 7:11 am
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Back in April 2016 I managed to miss my VRN-LGW flight. Made a mad dash to VCE and did a quick check on the app as I arrived there (about 2 hrs prior to departure). To my surprise I was able to get us two reward tickets in J. By that point the Y single fares were around 400 Euros each so it was a great relief.
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Old Jan 13, 20, 7:50 am
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On my regular MOW-LHR I find it is there for a period, disappears and appears a few days before again
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Old Jan 13, 20, 8:01 am
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Yes I often see on the day availability released, usually when I have Seat Spy or Reward Flight Finder alerts enabled.
You can also use expert flyer for more specific or timed releases.
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Old Jan 13, 20, 8:49 am
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A few years ago I missed a FRA-LHR flight due to a combination of S-bahn delays and then (what felt like deliberately) slow security at the gate. It was a work trip and for a number of reasons I was afraid of drawing their attention to this as well as being less aware of the airline's processes and my own rights. I didn't even get as far as speaking to any of the ground staff before I saw that there was a reward flight saver option departing in a couple of hours so just booked myself on to that and glossed over the whole thing.
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Old Jan 13, 20, 8:56 am
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Are the mileage costs ever different for last minute reward availability?
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Old Jan 13, 20, 9:19 am
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Originally Posted by g289t View Post
Are the mileage costs ever different for last minute reward availability?
Not as of yet. The avios scheme doesn't currently use dynamic pricing. Alex Cruz has suggested this will change in time.

As for the OP's question: nowadays in general it is very common to see last minute avios availability appear on shorthaul flights and increasingly rare on longhaul.
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Old Jan 13, 20, 9:28 am
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Another observation that agrees, my experience in the last 18 months is that long haul last-minute UUAs are less frequent - though have not totally gone.
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Old Jan 13, 20, 9:50 am
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I use reward flight finder for this - well worth the 3 per month for the hourly check IMO
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Old Jan 13, 20, 10:05 am
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Originally Posted by watsonville View Post
Have a longhaul trip in WT+ soon. No availability to upgrade to CW. Fair enough. But I was wondering, do spaces ever get released a week before the flight etc?
Some threads for you:

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When do last minute award seats open up?
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First / Business Award Availability...
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Old Jan 13, 20, 10:15 am
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Originally Posted by parklife View Post
I use reward flight finder for this - well worth the 3 per month for the hourly check IMO
I am a subscriber but came across this site via flyertalk https://seatspy.com/index and the search option and results are a lot more comprehensive.
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Old Jan 13, 20, 10:20 am
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Absolutely, just a couple of days ago I snagged 2 J seats to BKK with an AMEX 2-4-1. It was clearly a cancellation !
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Old Jan 13, 20, 10:28 am
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Originally Posted by yb90 View Post
I am a subscriber but came across this site via flyertalk https://seatspy.com/index and the search option and results are a lot more comprehensive.
I'd signed up but never used it. Just had a little play around and both have pros and cons!

Seatspy shows the number of seats in all classes on any date there is availability
Rewardflightfinder shows the avios needed for that class

Combine the 2

Interesting what their price point will be once they are out of beta. I wonder how they have Virgin as well.
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