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Anonymous13 Jan 2012
You could try expertflyer.com, though when I had a look the following message appeared: ” BA doesn’t allow seat selection until 24 hours before the flight in most situations, as such available seats do not indicate available tickets. “
So not really helpful but I suppose it gives some indication!13 Jan 2012
Many US carriers allow you to see the available seats before confirming which flight you want to book.
If only BA would offer the same option. Still charging for the seat depending on what level of Executive Club one had achieved, it would be great to see seat availability PRIOR to booking a flight.14 Jan 2012
It’s true that Expedia.com and Travelocity.com do offer links to seat maps at the pricing stage (note specifically the .com rather than .co.uk suffix), however quote requests on both sites for random Heathrow-Hong Kong British Airways flights seem to result in a ‘no seat map available’ result from the links.
Expertflyer remains the best solution, at a few dollars per month – it shows seat maps fairly reliably for flights more than 24 hours from departure, with the exception, occasionally, of some domestic services.14 Jan 2012
My corporate travel reservation system is linked directly to AMADEUS. I appreciate not every organisation or individual has access to such a system, but it may be worth checking if your company does have such an arrangement.
Through my corporate reservation system I can gain visibility of seat availability prior to completion of my booking. I would caveat that with: its not available on all services (its never available on KLM/AF or LOT short-haul services in Economy – where it is in short-haul Business) and with BA I do notice that I get a better choice of seats when I log in on ba.com after making my choice during the reservation process on AMADEUS16 Jan 2012
Sometimes if you look at the flight using the US versions of Expedia or Travelocity you can see the seat map showing available seats. For some reason only some BA flights display seatmaps. But worth a try.16 Jan 2012