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Special HFP reader offer as BA Redemption Finder expands to cover Virgin Atlantic!

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This is our review of the ‘new and improved’ Reward Flight Finder website.

There are only a handful of third-party miles and points ‘tools’ that I actively recommend.  These include:

AwardWallet – the ‘one click’ way of keeping track of ALL your miles and points balances, even non-travel ones

WhereToCredit – the ‘one click’ way of finding out which frequent flyer schemes let you credit a flight taken on an airline you rarely use

StatusMatcher – the easy way of finding out from real case studies who is currently matching your existing airline and hotel cards

The most useful for UK residents, however, was arguably BA Redemption Finder.

BA Redemption Finder was the quickest way of checking Avios availability for British Airways flights.

The great news is that, as of last weekend, it is also the quickest way of checking Virgin Flying Club availability for Virgin Atlantic flights!

This has meant a change of name, so BA Redemption Finder is now Reward Flight Finder and lives at rewardflightfinder.com.

The best bit is that the site is free if you don’t need the advanced features.

How does Reward Flight Finder work?

Reward Flight Finder 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:

Reward Flight Finder

Here are some results for two British Airways Club World seats from Heathrow to Tokyo.  Dark blue means it is a peak date, light blue means it is off-peak pricing.  The left column is outbound, the right is return – click to enlarge:

Reward Flight Finder

It gets even better.  You can set up hourly email alerts for a fee of £3 per month.   Set a date range, route, class and number of passengers and you will be notified when seats become available.  Free email alerts are also available if you are happy with daily checking – although to be absolutely certain of getting any seats that come up, the £3 per month route is better.

(Tim has set up a special reader offer to trial the premium service – see below.)

Reward Flight Finder is so smart that it even, for British Airways searches, shows the extra economy Avios seats made available to BA Gold members.

There are a few issues:

It cannot handle connections, only direct point to point searches

It does not show oneworld or Virgin Flying Club partner airlines – so for BA 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.  For Virgin, you will need to use their website if there are also Delta services to your destination.

There is still a slight delay on the data feed compared to real time availability, but very modest

These are mainly trivial points, however, in the context of what is an amazingly fast and usable site.

Reward Flight Finder also works in reverse

Tim, who runs the site, added a new feature late last year.  You can now search BY DATE.  The site will show you EVERY BA or Virgin route which has Avios or Flying Club availability in the class of your choice for those dates.

Go to the “I don’t know where I want to go” page, select your dates, number of seats and travel class and run the search:

Reward Flight Finder

You will get a map showing you every possible destination on the British Airways or Virgin Atlantic networks which has seats available, in the cabin you want, for those dates:

Reward Flight Finder

Obviously you still need to do some work.  As well as searching Saturday to Sunday, for example, you would also want to check Saturday to Saturday, or possibly Friday to Sunday.  For BA, I would also want to look at First Class as well as Business Class.

There is no option to mix classes, so if you would be happy with that you’d need to do separate one-way searches and try to match places where you can get, say, Business outbound and First back.

This is a real breakthrough for everyone who complains “I can’t find anywhere to go”.  If you are restricted on when you can travel, this service will solve your problems.

The “I don’t know where I want to go feature” is NOT free.   You need to sign up for the £3 per month subscription (but see our HFP reader offer below) which also gets you hourly searching of your redemption requests instead of daily.

BA redemption finder adds Virgin Atlantic

A special Reward Flight Finder subscription offer for HFP readers!

Tim has set up a special offer for Head for Points readers which will let you have a month of Elite membership for just £1.

This will give you plenty of time to try out the “I don’t know where I want to go” feature and also to benefit from hourly checking (instead of daily) of your redemption requests.

If you don’t want to carry on after a month, there is a big “Cancel my Elite membership” button on the site home page – Tim doesn’t make it tricky to cancel.

The link you need for the HFP £1 trial offer is https://rewardflightfinder.com/head-for-points.

BA Redemption Finder was already an excellent tool and, now that Virgin Atlantic functionality is added, it is doubly useful.  I think Tim has done a great job in creating something in his spare time which is better than anything British Airways or Virgin Atlantic have managed to create with full time IT teams ….

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Comments

  1. The ‘offer’ is worth £2 ?

    And Rob’s HFP readership is generally speaking HNW’s?

    • generally speaking…most HNWI dont get to be so by chucking money away…

      • luckyjim says:

        That’s true. I saw that Peter Jones fella of TV’s Dragons Den buying up all the 3V Cards at Tesco.

    • It spiced up the story though 🙂

      I totally agree with you though. And I’m not getting a penny out of this, for clarity.

      • And it’s also not a special HfP offer because it’s available directly on their website anyway (or it was couple of days ago when I joined)

    • It’s just designed to be a sweetener to encourage people to give the site a go ☺️

      • Pathetic says:

        A sweetener indeed, as the saving certainly wouldn’t buy you the actual tea or coffee.

  2. I have enough BA miles in the household account to book a business class flight and use the 2 for 1 voucher along with it. The issue is that the voucher is in my wife’s name (as she has the premium card card) but she is on my house hold account. Would we still be able to get the tickets using the household problems or there can be problems?
    Helllp …

  3. the_real_a says:

    This is a really great tool – it has made life a lot easier the past couple of years.

  4. If I try MAN-LAX or MAN-BGI I get an error message. MAN-ATL and MAN-BOS work fine.

  5. OT – Curve..

    Rob, in the Curve relaunch article on 28th January, you said the maximum Curve limits were:
    Monthly spending limit (on a rolling 30 day basis) – £120,000
    Annual spending limit – £1,400,000

    I received a response from Curve today about limits, they’ve said: “We don’t currently offer limits over £100,000 per rolling 365 days and do not advertise as such. Please note that, if you’ve seen this being discussed on forums, it is not accurate.”

    Where did you get the information from about the up to £1.4m annual limit? Having a higher limit was the main reason I signed up for the Metal card.

    • Had cash advance problems with curve. Not too worried in UK . hope it works in Canaries next week. Any others having problems?

      • Peter K says:

        Used Revolut for cash withdrawal last month in canaries so can’t comment on that but for normal spending I found curve worked fine over there.

    • In an email from Curve’s marketing head.

      Curve’s compliance team also saw the article before it went up, because the new website wasn’t live at the time I wrote it and I couldn’t independently verify everything I wrote. They made some corrections but not to the limits section.

      • Hey Rob, thanks for the quick reply. Curve just seem to make up the rules as they go along and don’t care about misleading their customers sadly.

      • What’s going on? Curve and it’s CEO have gone quiet. Their social media team are pushing the £150 metal cards like crazy and social media is ablaze with rumours that they’ve run out of money.

        • And my curve rewards account (where you accrue referral bonuses) has just become ‘temporarily unavailable’

        • It’s been temporarily unavailable since the Amex beta started, if you updated the app. You could possibly get it back if you can find an old version of the app and delete the current one (I have 1p so I’m not going to bother trying myself)

    • They’ve confirmed in a conference for previous Slack community members that they have these limits on paper but are yet to work out the roll-out process for offering them to customers (both the KYC side and whether they link some higher limits to higher tiers).

  6. illuminatus says:

    Am I correct that on BA Economy Basic tariffs in Europe I can not select a seat in advance if I am on a Bronze tier?

    • Nope. If you are bronze you can select exactly 7 days before the scheduled flight. If your flight is at 8 am, you can select seats for free (including emergency exit seats on short haul routes) 7 days before at 8 am

  7. How about we pay HFP a monthly premium and get tools such as this included, make HFP more money…

    • What is interesting about all the tools I listed is that the companies generally just do one thing, and do it well. There is a lesson there …

  8. OT again – I’ve just redeemed my “bonus” Lloyds upgrade voucher (see earlier post) for MAN-LHR-VIE next December. Very nice CSA assured me both legs have been upgraded to CE. I’ve not had the email confirmation yet but paid £100 RFS fee which would be right for 4 x CE legs, plus 21,000 avios.

    • Good result and glad they did all legs without quibble, wish I’d been selected for one of these bonus vouchers!

  9. O/T- anyone have any good routings to get from london – Toronto with points and low tax? Going direct with BA is just so much money on surcharges now…

  10. Darren Matthews says:

    Hi.

    I’m wondering if someone can help.

    Are there any advantages or disadvantages of booking two one-ways using virgin miles? At the moment, the outbound I want is available, but not the inbound. I could hold the outbound (one way) and wait and hope for the return to become available.

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