Those of you with long memories may remember the short lived “Avios Flight Finder” app. This was an official app from Avios Group which was meant to be a quick way of checking reward seats on British Airways flights. The problem was that it used cached data, and the results it showed were not accurate. It was eventually withdrawn.
Smartphones were less common at that point (2014) so Head for Points reader Tim created “BA Redemption Finder”. This sat at www.baredemptionfinder.com and was a desktop site. It used the same data feed that Avios was using for its app, so it suffered from the same issues over accuracy. However, it was lightning fast.
When “Avios Flight Finder” was withdrawn, Tim’s site died as well.
Now it’s back, using the BA app data feed. “BA Redemption Finder” is, easily, the quickest way of checking Avios availability for British Airways flights.
The best bit is the site is free. It is a website not an app, but is optimised for both mobile and desktop.
It is simplicity itself. Type in where you want to fly from, where you want to fly to, how many seats and what cabin and you will see – instantly – full availability for the next 355 days. On mobile it looks like this:
Here are some results for two Club World seats from Heathrow to Tokyo – on the actual site, you get the full year on one scrolling screen. The left column is outbound, the right is return:
It gets even better. You can set up email alerts. Set a date range, route, class and number of passengers and you will be notified when seats become available!
There are a few issues with the site, but none are major:
It cannot handle connections, only direct point to point searches
It does not show oneworld partner airlines – so it is best used to check availability when you want to use an Amex 2-4-1 voucher. If you are not using a 2-4-1 voucher you should use ba.com instead as it will show you Qatar, Finnair, Royal Jordanian, American etc as well.
There is still a slight delay on the data feed, but very modest – Tim said no more than an hour
It does not show the extra economy Avios seats made available to BA Gold members
These are mainly trivial points, however, in the context of what is an amazingly fast and usable site. It will take a while for me to be certain how accurate it is, but on the few checks I’ve done so far it has been fine.
The site is totally free to use. Tim is happy to accept voluntarily monthly donations, and in return your availability queries will be checked hourly instead of daily – increasing the chances that you can grab any seats which open up.
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