10th August 2015 at 19:03 #537587
Anonymous10th August 2015 at 19:03 #537588
hi i am trying to book a flight using BA Avios for June 2016 and its showing little or no availability, some in econ and nothing in CE. I wonder if they have not opened any reward seats for flights so far in advance, or how this works. how far in advance do they open reward seats ? or is it just worth waiting and not booking now as its june next year ? thanks10th August 2015 at 19:17 #537589
I don’t profess to know the workings of the Avios availability system but, based on the £100 inc.taxes deal I found for London-Seville-London in FEB16, worth checking what the ‘regular’ fares would be, especially as you’re wanting to book so far ahead.
That way, if you like the price, you can save the Avios for something else!10th August 2015 at 23:45 #537590
I think that Avios availability is up to a year ahead – much the same as it is with (cash) paid for tickets.11th August 2015 at 02:29 #537591
@travelwell, which route are you looking to book…
Generally, for my European routes (and you did mention CE), I have zero problem with availability both in economy and club Europe…11th August 2015 at 07:02 #537592
IIRC the redemption seats are loaded 330 days in advance.
For a quick check on “any” availability for a route you could try http://www.baredemptionfinder.com/ Just remember to use city codes, not airport codes eg: LON instead of LHR/LGW etc etc11th August 2015 at 07:23 #537593
I thought it was 355 days ahead when they were loaded.11th August 2015 at 07:28 #537594
As of today, you can book flights up to 30 July 2016. If you are booking a popular route, I would say you may have missed the initial availability which would have been first released over the past 2-4 weeks. I have found that booking this far out, you can always get the minimum of two seats promised by BA following the Avios devaluation.11th August 2015 at 07:31 #537595
Also, if it helps, seats tend to get released at midnight (UK time).11th August 2015 at 07:51 #537596
mkcol74 – 11/08/2015 08:02 BST
Thanks for that link to BA redemption finder, looks handy.11th August 2015 at 09:31 #537597
BA redemption seats are released at 00.01 UK time … same GMT and BST….353 days ahead.12th August 2015 at 08:35 #537598
Anyone know if there’s an equivalent redemption search tool for Virgin Atlantic? Just I’m already finding it a faff to search for seats.12th August 2015 at 12:21 #537599
@mkcol74 Start the booking process to your destination and class and the VS website will offer you a months availability on Miles. All you have to do is move from month to month.12th August 2015 at 12:23 #53760012th August 2015 at 14:34 #537601
The availability also changes depending on your Executive Club status level. I was amazed how many more flights became available after I was Gold.
I haven’t tried this, but I wonder what happens if you link with a Gold friend, using the BA friends and family thing. If the Gold card holder then has access to your avios, can they then book your flight?
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