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Short cut websites for award redemption

Old Jun 28, 03, 6:14 pm
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Short cut websites for award redemption

I recently learned via a Northwest thread that NW has a website that quickly helps one to find dates with available award seats. Does anyone know if any other airlines have a similar website?
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Old Jun 29, 03, 1:05 am
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There was a site for checking CO award availability, but CO's legal department shut that down after it was up for about a week.

DL's own site has an innate +/- 1 day checker in its own search engine. If the date you you select is not available, it checks both the day before and day after.
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Old Jun 29, 03, 8:15 am
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Howdy, PointsGalore and channa! The CO deal was really a bummer as the tool was very cool. The NW tool [WPAA Lister] is also very useful. The tool helped me to find two (2) coach award seats on NW to Hawaii. Now I am able to happily use my 100K point ALON award next April.

http://usr.v7.com/wpaa/

By the way, Points...any relation to that famous poster on the British Air board?
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Old Jun 29, 03, 9:57 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by PointsGalore:
I recently learned via a Northwest thread that NW has a website that quickly helps one to find dates with available award seats. Does anyone know if any other airlines have a similar website?</font>
British Airways lets you see award availability on a monthly calendar (tho if you're only interested in particular times of day you have to click through beyond that). Of course, their whole program and website is scheduled to change Tuesday, so I can't say how it'll look after that, but hopefully at least as useful.

Southwest Airlines awards are good on "the last seat" available on any flight, except for a small number of blackout dates a year, so while there's no "calendar" approach to looking up awards, if you're booking more than a few days in advance (and you can book the same awards essentially "walkup") there's very little chance that all flights are fully booked on a given day, and even fairly little chance that your preferred flight is fully booked, so usually a quick check of the regular website for the day you want confirms that you can get an award seat no problem. (Exception: Southwest Airlines can give you award seats to Dallas, but can't fly you paid to there from faraway states like Florida, due to Wright Amendment limitaitons. So if you want to use an award to Dallas, you have to inquire about THAT by phone.)

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Old Jun 29, 03, 4:04 pm
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The WPAA Lister noted above is helpful, but not real accurate. Many times the site will show no standard award availability but if you immediately check NWA.com you will find standard availability on the same flights that WPAA lister said were not available.

Also, the WPAA lister gives you many popups which are offensive to many, unless you have figured out, as I have, how to disable them.

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