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It’s back – the only FREE and fast Avios reward finding tool you need!

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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  It was eventually withdrawn.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 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When “Avios Flight Finder” was withdrawn, Tim’s site died as well.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:

BA Redemption Finder

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:

BA Redemption Finder 1


BA Redemption Finder 2

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 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.

You can take a look at BA Redemption Finder here.

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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Comments (153)

  • Arun T says:

    Tim – this is excellent work. Kudos for making this as simple and quick as possible.

  • CJ says:

    Superb! Thanks Tim (and Raffles for sharing), managed to grab a rare JNB rewards flight.

  • johnny_c-l says:

    Great tool, found it really easy and quick to use. Well done Tim.

    Would be fantastic to also see route availability if travelling on fixed dates too if that’s a possibility?

  • Dima says:

    I don’t get it… the first rule of redeeming avios is not to redeem them on BA metal and this tool only seems to search BA metal (from the description). This would even be useless for, say, AA redemptions since there will be ridiculous fuel charges on BA metal. Sure, I could see how this cold be of very limited use for some, but that’s a bit too much praise, no?

    • Rob says:

      If you’ve got a BA Amex 241 voucher, you’ll be redeeming on BA metal. Even without a 241, because redemptions are priced by sector, any non-BA redemption is likely to be more expensive (in Avios, if not taxes) than a partner redemption.

    • Alan says:

      I wouldn’t say that not using on BA is the ‘first rule of Avios’ at all. RFS can be decent value (albeit nowadays manly just for those near London) and BA 241 is still a decent offer. Plus if using GUF2 or Lloyds certs you need BA availability. Plus Avios by far the easiest rewards currency to earn. All in all makes this a pretty useful tool, I’d say.

  • Simon says:

    Thanks Tim (and Rob) – good to see this back!

    And the email alerts work. I’ve just booked YVR in J for May 2018 after being alerted to a return flight becoming available.