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Fare Bucket Class and Seat Availability



Special welcome to Flyertalk members!

These resources are provided to assist you in finding availability of specific fare classes or specific seats - particularly useful for finding upgrade space or special fare availability.

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Free Tools

  • City Code Help - Provides a handy guide to the 3 letter airport codes of those hard to reach airports. You can search the list by pressing Control-F once it has loaded.

  • Flight Stats Fare Bucket Tool - This tool allows you to search for fare bucket availability on most airlines. American Airlines has opted out of the service. Tip: After you get the basic availability by class, then mouse over the availability to get details of the various fare buckets. It also offers an advanced mode where you can specify a specific fare bucket.

  • ITA Software Classic Matrix Tool - This tool allows you to search for fares in different sales cities so that you can accurately plan purchases in any city around the world. Additionally it has an undocumented feature that allows you to specify specific fare buckets. If you want to, for instance, search for A bucket availability on the HKG-JFK route on Cathay Pacific you would enter the search as From: HKG:: cx+ / f bc=a and To: JFK:: cx+ / f bc=a. You can substitute the "cx" with the proper airline code for the airline you wish to check, and substitute the "bc=a" with "bc=X" where X is the fare bucket you wish to check. If you wish to check multiple booking-codes and not place any restriction on the airline format the request as JFK::/ f bc=x|bc=y|bc=z to check the x, y, and z buckets. Another undocumented feature is the ability to request multiple segments on specific carriers (useful for mileage runs). If you want to travel from Los Angeles to New York and take 4 American Airlines segments, you would enter the departure city as LAX::AA AA AA AA and the destination city as JFK::AA AA AA AA. This will search for a 4 segment connection in each direction on AA. You can also force connections in specific cities. So, for instance, if you wanted to connect in STL from LAX to JFK on American Airlines you would enter the departure city as LAX::AA STL AA and the destination city as JFK::AA STL AA There is a full description of various commands the ITA system allows you to use at their Route Language page. There is also a useful discussion of how to use this tool to the fullest on Flyertalk.

  • Seat Counter - Free tool to allow checking each fare bucket availability on all airlines worldwide. Has "special feature" of checking award availability on certain airlines by entering airline code twice.

  • SeatGuru - This tool allows you to get a review of which seat to select on many major carriers.

  • Mileage Monkey - This tool provides several sub-tools that allow easy construction and validation of Oneworld Explorer RTW tickets, as well as calculate the number of miles needed for a frequent flyer award. It also provides a very convenient method of calculating total miles for a multiple city trip.

  • ExpertFlyer Award Bucket List - Provides the airline by airline breakdown of award bucket codes to help search for award space by fare bucket code.

  • Flight Caster - Calculates on-time predictions well in advance of airline flight delay warning systems.

  • Air Fare - Lists mileage run fares from various North American cities.

  • Kayak Explore Map - Mileage run maps with lowest fares from various departure cities.

  • Airport Departure Mileage Run Fare Search - Search for lowest fares from a given departure airport to get ideas for mileage runs.

  • Google Flights - Enter your home airport and get a map of lowest fares to major markets.

  • Fare Compare - Shows listings of best current and historical fares from your departure point both in a list and graphically on a map.

  • Farecast - Predicts future price changes in specific market pairs in an attempt to help purchase timing decisions.

  • KVS Availability Tool - Downloadable availability checker that requires registration. Some options are membership based. Offers class availability, upgrade availability, and other data from the global reservation systems. Details of registration procedure can be found on Flyertalk.

  • FlightStats - Offers a variety of flight status data, on time data, etc.

  • ExpertFlyer.com - Paid service which provides class availability, upgrade availability, and other data from the global reservation systems.

  • Webflyer Milemarker - Calculate air mileage between two locations. Includes calculations for elite bonuses, class of service bonuses, and minimum segment mileage.

  • To utilize many of the fare bucket tools it is helpful to know what the fare buckets each airline use are called. Here are some links to lists of fare buckets available online. If you know of any additional lists, please let us know so we can update this list: American Airlines, Oneworld Alliance