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  • defender90 25 posts


    We are off to JNB next year and are using a companion voucher to fly the 789 out and 380 back in J. Keeping an eye on F availability as would upgrade the return leg or move to the earlier outbound flight on the 380 if F opened up there.

    My question is that is there any rhyme or reason in when reward availability opens up in F?


    NorthernLass 7,987 posts

    All F availability has been extremely scarce for a couple of years now – I’ve only seen it to a handful of North American destinations during that time, mainly due to BA scrapping or reducing F cabin capacity. You can set up an alert with SeatSpy but it’s currently only showing a single return seat in F on September 18th next year, and those are often “phantom” availability when you actually check on BA. There’s no rule for releasing F seats as there is with other cabins.

    Paul B 224 posts

    There was a rough pattern pre 2020, now it’s a lot harder to predict unfourtunately.

    NorthernLass 7,987 posts

    Someone posted in another thread earlier than some F has appeared for Johannesburg, but not the dates.

    The real Swiss Tony 697 posts

    Someone posted in another thread earlier than some F has appeared for Johannesburg, but not the dates.

    That was me. It starts at the beginning of the summer season but is really sporadic. The reward finder in the BA app works well to show the lack of pattern Up to 7 seats a day in F showing on the later rotation as it has been swapped from a 3 class 777 to an A380.

    But at least 2 F seats southbound on Aril 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
    May 2,3,4,5,9,10,11,12,16,17,18,19,20,24,30,31

    Similar in early June then it all breaks down

    NorthernLass 7,987 posts

    Lol, Rob has now done an article about it so expect they will all be snapped up by lunch time!

    The real Swiss Tony 697 posts

    In fairness to Rob, I did tip him off by email (as soon as I’d bagged my seats..)

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