The British Airways website has a lot of good things about it, let’s be clear about that. However, when it comes to quickly checking award availability, I have begun to find it a pain.
I have two main issues:
The inability to look for First and Club World availability in the same search
The inability to see partner availability without clicking on a specific day (the calendar only automatically shows days with BA availability)
That’s why, in recent weeks, I have gravitated across to the American Airlines website. This allows you to check oneworld availability without even bothing to ask you if you have an AA account or not!
The downside with the AA site is that it will not show you availability over a whole month at a time, only a week. However:
You can switch between First and Business class availability in one click
If there is partner availability it will show on the overview page, unlike with BA
The downsides of using the AA site are:
It doesn’t show non-oneworld partners who offer seats to BA members
A BA Gold would not see the extra Economy seats that ba.com would show
You cannot see World Traveller Plus availability on the AA site
It will show you some AA partners which cannot be booked with Avios
The American Airlines site is not, therefore, a winner in all scenarios. If you want to very quickly check whether a First or Club World seat has opened up, though, it will be quicker than using ba.com. (Obviously you can use avios.com as well, but this does not include oneworld partner airlines.)
One day I need to take a proper look at the Qantas site as well, which some people also use to speed up the search for Avios reward availability.