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FINAL CALL: Save 30% on SeatSpy ‘First Class’ membership, exclusive to HfP

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For almost two years now, SeatSpy has been a convenient way of finding reward seat availability on British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.

It is by far the easiest way of seeing Avios and Virgin Points reward seats across an entire year without having to search individual dates.  It is the only service of its type with Virgin Atlantic availability. Regular readers will have seen us using SeatSpy screenshots in recent articles to highlight routes with huge amounts of Avios availability.

SeatSpy is offering HfP readers 30% off a ‘First Class’ plan – read on to see what that offers.

This offer ends on Friday 12th November.

Seatspy logo

As well as British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, you can also search for award availability with KLM, Air France, American Airlines and United Airlines. Etihad is also available although still marked as ‘Beta’.

British Airways data now refreshed every 40 minutes

SeatSpy recently moved to a brand-new data collection system for Avios. This has put an end to the issue of ‘ghost availability’ which would occasionally appear.

Avios data in the system is currently being refreshed every 35-40 minutes. It is as near to real time as you’re going to get from a third party and means that it is highly likely that BA will still have the seats when you search at

In some places on the site you may see the following line:

“BA data collection frequency 1.77/h (33.88m)”

…. which shows how quickly data is currently being updated.

It works surprisingly well. I was on a day trip to Valdemossa in Mallorca in August when I got a SeatSpy alert that a new Salzburg flight had been added over February half-term. This was more conveniently timed than the flight we already had for our ski holiday. Within five minutes – whilst sitting in the town square with only my mobile – I was able to book the four guaranteed Club Europe seats that had been released.

You can also choose to receive WhatsApp alerts as well as an email when seats open up. ‘First Class’ members can also receive SMS alerts.

British Airways Avios SeatSpy

Save 30% on ‘First Class’ membership

SeatSpy is offering a limited-time discount of 30% on ‘First Class’ membership to HfP readers when you commit to an annual plan:

  • First Class membership is £4.66 per month under this offer (£6.66 normally)
  • Premium membership is unchanged at £2.49 per month

The discounted rate is locked in for life.

You can sign up here. The offer ends on Friday 12th November.

Note that:

  • there is no discount if you sign up for a month-by-month plan (First Class is £7.99 per month, Premium is £2.99)
  • both plans have a 14-day free trial so you can set up test alerts and see how it goes

How do the tiers differ?

The two key differences between ‘First Class’ and ‘Premium’ are:

  • ‘First Class’ members are sent availability alerts as soon as seats are found, whilst ‘Premium’ members receive alerts once per hour. It is up to you to decide if being up to 59 minutes behind other people will mean the seats you want are gone.
  • ‘First Class’ members can have an unlimited number of saved alerts whilst ‘Premium’ members are limited to four active alerts

The latter one is likely to be the big differentiator. It is very easy to use up your quota of four alerts, especially if there are multiple airports you could use for a flight (eg San Francisco or San Jose) or you have a lot of potential holiday ideas.

You can search for multiple flight classes in one alert. You don’t use up two alerts by looking for either Business Class or First Class.

Virgin Upper Class SeatSpy

New features

SeatSpy has added a few new features recently worth flagging:

  • you can specify different date ranges in the same alert for outbound and return flights. You can specify, for example, outbound flights between 1st-3rd October and return flights between 8th-11th October. This would previously have required either two alerts or a search covering 1st -11th October, which would have generated a lot of useless responses (eg outbound flights on the 10th).
  • you can now create ‘open jaw’ alerts, where your return flight is from a different airport to your outbound one – again, this reduces the number of alerts you need to create
  • you can now add a secondary e-mail address for alerts so that, for example, they can be sent to your home and work email or to you and your partner

There is one feature which is not yet available. SeatSpy has not yet found a way of identifying the additional Avios availability in Business Class made available to British Airways Premium Plus cardholders when using companion vouchers issued after 1st September 2021.

Whilst frustrating, availability when using a ‘new style’ 2-4-1 voucher in Business Class is very good, so SeatSpy isn’t necessarily necessary. Your chance of getting the seats you want is already high.


If you’re thinking about signing up for SeatSpy, our special reader offer of £4.66 per month for ‘First Class’ may be enough to tempt you to commit for a year.

You can sign up here, until Friday 12th November.

Comments (20)

  • Ian McDowall says:

    I tried to use seatspy yesterday. But it said I needed to join up before I could see data on anything other than economy class.
    Is this a change?

    Until recently I was able to do a number of checks per month free of charge. There’s no way I’d use the service enough to warrant having to pay.

  • Victoria says:

    I have found recently that British Airways have not been correct. Really good for Virgin.

  • Erico1875 says:

    If you join you get so many free searches.
    Rewardflightfinder still shows business class availability but i am not sure how accurate it is

  • Alastair Actually says:

    If I have Club World seats booked could I use SeatSpy to alert me if First becomes available on my flights?

  • rj24 says:

    I have found an issue, apparently peculiar to me, that when I search a date and click the BA button for SeatSpy to hand me off to, it transposes the dates into the US format. SeatSpy say it must by my BA account, perhaps it was set up as a US account (which it wasn’t, to the best of my knowledge).

  • Stephen Laing says:

    As a £4.99 monthly subscriber to Rewardflight finder, does Seat spy First or Premium offer enough increased functionality to justify buying in addition?

    • Rob says:

      SeatSpy has a direct data feed to get the BA data, RFF just nicks it off SeatSpy with a delay –

      • Stephen Laing says:

        Thanks Rob, seems I should downgrade the RFF sub to free and take SS instead! BTW HFP last Friday advised BA doubling tier points for holidays booked and taken before 31/03/2022. Wonder if that applies to those already booked before last Friday. Suppose I should ask BA but getting through these days……!

        • Rob says:

          Yes, read the T&C – applies to existing bookings but different rules depending on whether you are travelling alone or not.

  • John says:

    I signed up to Seat Spy for the Premium 14 day free trial 1st November. I tried the offer HFP link but doesn’t show the discounted First Class rate. I tried cancelling the membership and tried it again but still no discounted rate. Any help gratefully received.

  • NvT1115 says:

    Joined using the HfP link for first class subscription and very happy with the results so far.

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