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    travelwell
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    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 ? thanks

    #537589

    Carajillo2Sugar
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    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!

    #537590

    AnthonyDunn
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    I think that Avios availability is up to a year ahead – much the same as it is with (cash) paid for tickets.

    #537591

    MartynSinclair
    Moderator

    @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…

    #537592

    mkcol74
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    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 etc

    #537593

    SimonS1
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    I thought it was 355 days ahead when they were loaded.

    #537594

    Str8Talking
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    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.

    #537595

    Str8Talking
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    Also, if it helps, seats tend to get released at midnight (UK time).

    #537596

    goldaviator
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    mkcol74 – 11/08/2015 08:02 BST

    Thanks for that link to BA redemption finder, looks handy.

    #537597

    openfly
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    BA redemption seats are released at 00.01 UK time … same GMT and BST….353 days ahead.

    #537598

    mkcol74
    Participant

    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.

    #537599

    openfly
    Participant

    @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.

    #537600

    mkcol74
    Participant

    Thx @openfly – that’s what I’ve been doing, maybe I’m just easily frustrated!

    #537601

    BugAdvisor
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    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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