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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 ….

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for the latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios from current offers and promotions.)

Comments (166)

  • Steven says:

    O/T – no bits.
    Any special offers for stopover trip to the far east (China/Hongkong), stopping in Dubai or Abu Dahbi? Looking to travel April 2019.

  • Frank Kehoe says:

    I have to sign up to see the results. I’ve tried 4 different email addresses and I have yet to receive any confirmation #frustrating

  • Graeme says:

    OT – I am looking to use the Amex Play offer for Avis £20 off a £150 booking. Does this need to be direct with Avis or can I book through BA to get the discount from them? Not sure if this is billed directly to Avis or via BA which means it wouldnt trigger I assume?

    P.S. If direct, anyone know any good AWD codes for booking a USA trip?

    TIA

    • MrHandBaggageOnly says:

      Last time there was an Anis/Amex offer I booked via https://www.carhire-ba.com/ and still received the discount. In my experience, the prices from this link are usually pretty good and quite a lot lower than the regular site, plus you have extra driver added for free.

      • MrHandBaggageOnly says:

        Avis/Amex (not Anis/Amex). Sorry!

      • Thomas Howard says:

        If thats the case it might be worth pricing on https://book.qantas.com – lately its been alot cheaper. A test booking 5 to 7 April for an i30 (first identical car I found) is £70.80 with Qantas or £162.77 on the BA site.

        One thing though, Qantas is only pay on pick up so if you need to get the money on your card before April it might not be any good.

    • Charlieface says:

      Any Avis partner website is billed directly by Avis, so no problem. But not travel agents / consolidators

  • paul says:

    OT – if i cancel a Plat after paying the annual fee…i know they refund pro-rata but only on a monthly basis as oppose to daily but what happens to the actual refund amount? how do i get it off the card balance as it will obviously put the account into credit. thanks

    • Peter K says:

      Write down the last 5 digits of the card. About 24-48hrs after you have closed the account the credit will show on the system. Ring/online chat amex and either ask for it to be transferred across to a different card (quicker) or ask for a cheque in the post (slower).

    • N says:

      Cheque or you can transfer the credit balance to another Amex card through the chat.

    • Anna says:

      If you have a direct debit set up, they can refund the fee into that account, by far the easiest way of doing this.

    • Mark2 says:

      Or the easy way: make sure that you owe that much when you cancel, and the MR points have been used.

    • Mr Dee says:

      Cancel the card with a balance then its refunded and you can pay the difference online just don’t remove it form your online account straight away, far easier and less interaction

      • Roger says:

        Also another Tip:

        Amex iPAD app allows downloading statements after canceling the card as long as it is not removed by the account holder from his/her online account.

        Quite useful to have the statement showing all spends, credits etc., particularly if used to pay airticket and if airline asks for a cancelled card, just show them the online PDF.

  • Concerto says:

    Just in case it hasn’t been mentioned, germania in Germany has just ceased operations. Real shame and yet another one I never got around to trying. I was hoping they would sort of replace AB, but that just leaves the Lufthansa monopoly in German speaking Europe now.

  • Robert says:

    When using the Amex 2-4-1 voucher I know it has to be on BA metal outbound but can I go on any OW carrier inbound?

    Using the redemption finder site twice a day currently to see what opens up from Asia back to LHR in May. I’ll be taking up the reader offer thanks.

  • Odd says:

    The ‘offer’ is worth £2 ?

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

    • paul says:

      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.

    • Rob says:

      It spiced up the story though 🙂

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

      • S says:

        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)

    • Tim says:

      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.

  • Ali says:

    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 …