Fare Bucket Class and Seat Availability
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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
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- Points.com - Manage your points with over 45 of the world's
leading reward programs including most major airlines by trading or
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.
- 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
- 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.
Caster - Calculates on-time predictions well in advance of airline
flight delay warning systems.
Fare - Lists mileage run fares from various North American
- 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.
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
- 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