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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 (166)

  • TripRep says:

    Impressive stuff, sure it’ll be of great use.

  • Howard says:

    Well done Tim.

  • Mike says:

    Tim – thanks this is great and really adds value.

  • I love the search facility but unfortunatley I used this on Sunday to find VA availability, it stated two different dates in June so I searched on VA and they stated not both not available? Does the site show real time results or cached?

  • Anna says:

    No bits but redemption flights – can anyone confirm that if you book MAN-LHR- a European city using a Lloyds upgrade voucher, both legs are upgraded? I think a reader had an issue with this recently. I’ve only ever done it with a 2 4 1 (before I saw the HFP light and moved to long haul!)

    • Adam says:

      Both secotors will be upgraded. So you can get all 4 sectors upgraded for 1 person. Or get 1 direction upgraded for 2 people.

      • Anna says:

        Great – I’m treating my sister to a trip to the Vienna Xmas markets in December so I’m going to use my surprise Lloyds voucher to upgrade us on the outbound and fly back direct to MAN on LCC. She’s never flown CE so it’ll make it a bit more special.

      • Liz says:

        Depends on who you get on the phone as our use of 2 Lloyd’s vouchers for our Tallinn Helsinki trip only got us CE on the LHR – Tallinn and HEL-LHR part and not EDI-LHR and back again. I only realised after I had booked it that others had been upgraded all the way through otherwise I would have hung up and tried again.

        • BJ says:

          Yes, there is one (or more) CSA at avios who does not seem to understand this. When it happened to me I just let them go ahead and book it the way they wanted because I did not want to risk losing the longhaul availability. I then called back and another CSA fixed the domestic sector without any issues.

    • Walty says:

      Anna – Can you let me know how you get on? I booked a similar RFS trip using 2 vouchers and specifically mentioned that the domestic connections should also be in CE but she wouldn’t budge. I carried on with the booking and the phone bill afterwards was horrific as the CSR was painfully slow to book such a standard redemption.
      Also if you know the free number to call Avios, (if there is one), use that!

      • BJ says:

        Check if you were charged tax/fee for 1xY + 1xCE or 2xCE. There is an 03 number for calls, I think somebody said it is same as the premium number with 0344 instead of 0871.

        • Walty says:

          On the way out I have been charged £96 for 2 adults and 1 infant. There is no breakdown on the document.
          On the way back I have been charged £67.06 (£26.52 for each adult and £14.02 for the infant)

      • Anna says:

        I use the old school type 01 phone number and my mobile phone minutes to call them. Even when I called them on Skype from the Caribbean last summer the entire cost cost less than £1.

  • HayMow says:

    After resetting my password I’m unable to sign in to RFF as the website wants me to confirm my email address – no obvious link for this and nothing in my inbox requesting this. Any ideas? TIA

  • Shoestring says:

    O/T last chance for SPG!

    American Express will no longer offer the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express after February 12.

    • Liz says:

      Is that USA only – this is what I was questioning yesterday.

      • meta says:

        Yes. It’s US only. There is no announcement for UK card.

        • Shoestring says:

          But UK is hardly going to carry on with SPG as a separate little card issuer ploughing its own furrow…

          I’m hoping you can get welcome bonuses on both SPG & Amex Bonvoy cards with no 6 month issue 🙂

        • Jonah says:

          So Harry is wrong then – just admit it please rather than try to muddy the waters further.

        • Shoestring says:

          I’m not wrong, though

        • Steve-B says:

          Given the US and UK cards have been managed differently, it doesn’t tell us a lot. Could mean a branding change to Bonvoy or something more substantial. IMV an overhaul is long overdue as I commented yesterday.

        • Shoestring says:

          You either enjoy the DEWS aspect of HfP (and the ambiguity that comes with it) – or you prefer certainty (and being late to the party).

          Put it this way: I signed up for 2 SPG cards in the last 2 weeks and a third one to follow shortly, as I don’t want to miss out.

        • Callum says:

          It’s not either/or Harry. I think most people would like to hear all information, but be told that informed guesses are informed guesses and not just state them as being fact when they aren’t!

        • Shoestring says:

          ‘Bonvoy’ as a name would never have got off the ground in the UK if there weren’t a global marketing boss insisting that all markets adopt the new name/ branding without delay – including the branding of co-brand Amex cards.

          [Marriott International today unveiled Marriott Bonvoy, the new loyalty brand replacing the current loyalty brands – Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) – and reflecting the unmatched benefits, single loyalty portfolio and experiences announced last year. Marriott Bonvoy is built on the belief that travel enriches us all and has the power to enrich the world. Marriott Bonvoy launches on February 13 when the logo and branding begins rolling out across all consumer touch-points, including on property, marketing and sales channels, digital, mobile and co-brand credit cards bolstered by a multi-million-dollar global media campaign starting in late February.]

        • Peter K says:

          The UK Amex Costco card is still going strong a long time after the US one bit the dust so you can’t extrapolate the way you suggest Harry.

        • Shoestring says:

          Wait & see 🙂

          Only going to be a couple of weeks max I reckon.

          • Rob says:

            I agree it makes sense for it close, because it is interchange fee capped and so a massive money loser now.

            At the same time, I don’t know why Creation hasn’t relaunched despite Marriott saying it was happening in August – except that industry rumour is that the IHG cards are going badly for them in terms of profitability. Perhaps doubling up on unprofitability is not very clever.

            Logically you would expect the see a new Marriott Bonvoy card from Creation as a Mastercard and the SPG Amex disappearing. No sign of it however. It is clearly a nice income stream for Marriott so they won’t close it voluntarily.

    • Memesweeper says:

      Noooo! Lucky for me that’s just outside my six month break since the last one…

    • meta says:

      But there is also Canadian card which is not going away…

    • Grant says:

      Do SPG points convert to Avios?

    • Allycat says:

      Can I self-refer for this from my Amex BAPP or Amex Preferred Rewards Gold cards, and what would the referral bonuses and the enhanced sign up bonuses be ? Thx