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The BA Glitch Fix Has Made Even More Flights And Routes Available To Book With Avios Online Than Before!

Related post (Read this first!): Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About British Airways Avios: Tips, Tricks, And Advice You Need To Know To Maximize Your Avios

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Yesterday I broke the news that American flights were back on BA.com after a few week hiatus.

Turns out that things are even better than before!

Previously, when there were a lot of available award flights BA.com would only display the earlier flights and not the flights later in the day.
Booking the later flights required a phone call to a competent agent (such as those at the Singapore desk).

Well the good news here is that this glitch appears to have been fixed!

LGA-Chicago on BA.com now matches up exactly to what AA.com shows:

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LGA-Miami on BA.com also matches up exactly to what AA.com shows:

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Except of course BA charges 7.5K for those flights instead of the 12.5K that AA charges. AA has a $75 close-in fee while BA has none. AA charges a $150 cancellation fee while BA allows you to cancel for $5.60.

As per this post, always search for NYC, LGA, EWR, and JFK as each can give different results.

 

In the past LAN flights have typically had to be booked over the phone, but I’m now seeing LAN routes that have never showed up on BA.com before.

For example Buenos Aires/AEP to Iguazu Falls/IGR can now be booked online:

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Santiago, Chile-Easter Island:

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And Easter Island-Papeete, just a 45 minute flight from Bora Bora:

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Alas, Alaska and Aer Lingus flights are still not available online.

Find anything else that has changed? Hit the comments!

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59 Responses to “The BA Glitch Fix Has Made Even More Flights And Routes Available To Book With Avios Online Than Before!”

  1. Lkwd Says:
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    Why to YUL do they always show no availability from NY NJ or phili?

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  2. Dan Says:
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    @Lkwd:
    It should show exactly what AA.com shows.

    There is a searching tutorial in the related post link to at the top of this post.

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  3. Seth Says:
    3

    Thanks Dan!

    Trying to find EWR-MCO instead of LGA-MIA but no luck (plus, keeps showing connecting through Chicago). Is it worth just going with LGA-MIA and taking a taxi?

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  4. yyk Says:
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    I guess the glitch turned out to be a blessing in disguise! Thanks Dan!

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  5. Dan Says:
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    @Seth:
    There is no EWR-MCO flight as per
    http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/32877

    @yyk:
    Indeed 😀

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  6. MOSHE Says:
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    MIA-IAH WAS NEVER ONLINE NOW ITS BACK UP

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  7. Dan Says:
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    @MOSHE:
    Awesome!

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  8. nochase Says:
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    chase never approves me, but I have a lot of SPG. can I transfer Starwood to BA ?? and ratio 20:25 if it does?

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  9. Dan Says:
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    @nochase:
    Correct, 20K:25K.

    If you have a Chase account with $10K in it then a banker can write a special reconsideration for you.

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  10. chaim duvid Says:
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    @ lkwd
    looks like yul for beg of aug is not avail
    will have to take cars to meilachs wedding ..
    or it may still open …

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  11. Dan Says:
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    @chaim duvid:
    Availability changes multiple times per day.

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  12. luckyluck Says:
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    @Dan: Lkwd is right. As far as I can see, PHL-YUL still does not show up on BA. Has been this way for a long time. Bookable over the phone though.

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  13. MOSHE Says:
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    NYC-ORD IF YOU PUT IN THE SEARCH NYC IT WILL NOT GIVE THE AFTERNOON FLIGHTS ONLY IF YOU PUTTING IN LGA/JFK/EWR . THE SAME WITH NYC-DALLAS

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  14. Dan Says:
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    @luckyluck:
    Interesting, though saver award space on that route is really awful.

    Any other broken routes?

    @MOSHE:
    Indeed, that’s what everyone should know if they read the related post…

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  15. John Says:
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    @Lkwd: there are some flightd, I just checked dates 7/28 – 8/4

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  16. MOSH Says:
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    @Dan: in the past even you search lga-ord it didnt gave you the afternoon flights………………..
    now its fixed

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  17. BrooklynDan Says:
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    I am finding AA milesaver awards that have 2 stops, are not showing up on BA. Has this always been the case?

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  18. Dan Says:
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    @MOSH:
    I’m aware, that was the point of making this post.

    @BrooklynDan:
    Always (as per the related post on top 😉 ). Just book it as separate tickets online or call.

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  19. luckyluck Says:
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    @Dan: Saver availability on AA shows up only for next 2 weeks. No other route that I’m aware of.

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  20. NJDan Says:
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    I tried to book LGA – Miami on BA to use Avios and it said “British Airways does not have traffic rights to operate directly between these two cities.” What am i missing? thanks

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  21. Dan Says:
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    @NJDan:
    Please read through the related post link at the top of this post.

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  22. yitz Says:
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    phi – yyc showing avail on aa.com
    not on ba.com

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  23. Rob Says:
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    The SCL-IPC screenshot looks odd. LAN doesn’t have a first class, yet it’s showing 7 seats available in it.

    Also, the SCL-IPC-PPT legs have been possible to book on BA.com before. I’ve personally booked them within the past year online.

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  24. Dan Says:
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    @Rob:
    True, but the F seats aren’t bookable.
    The Y and J seats appear to be bookable.

    AEP-IGU has definitely never showed on BA.com until now.

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  25. JM Says:
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    As always – great stuff & Thanks! Any chance we can get a summary of Avios direct flights out of San Diego?

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  26. Mike Says:
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    Hi Dan,

    I thought that 12.5 AA was equivalent to 4k BA points? I see the same 12.5 AA on the BA site.

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  27. Dan Says:
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    @JM:
    Thanks.

    @Mike:
    Please read through the related post link at the top of this post.

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  28. avios Says:
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    3.5 months out and showing no availability on AA nor BA for nyc-mia for 11/1
    good chance a bunch will open?

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  29. Dan Says:
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    @avios:
    Availability changes constantly, just keep searching multiple times per day on AA.com for saver awards.

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  30. avios Says:
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    @Dan:
    as always, thanks so much for your time and help

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  31. Mountain Man Says:
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    Good news! I suspected that the award discrepancies would’ve been fixed when the system went back up.

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  32. Mike Says:
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    I read through it and you state that a 12.5 k flight is equivalent to 4.5 K on BA. When I go on BA.com it still says 12.5 k points the same as AA websites. Is the 12.5 correct or a mistake?

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  33. MENDEL Says:
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    WHATS THE BEST WAY TO GO FROM NYC TO LAX?

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  34. Dan Says:
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    @Mike:
    That’s not what I wrote, read it again.

    If it’s too hard, stick to this chart:
    http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/32877

    @MENDEL:
    Nonstop.

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  35. Mike Says:
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    You write more in your response then just answering a simple question! A$$!

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  36. Dan Says:
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    You’ve come to the wrong site if you’re looking to be spoonfed.

    I teach how to fish, nothing more, nothing less.

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  37. Mike Says:
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    Spoonfed? All the money you make is because of the people on this site. Shouldn’t have your elitist attitude. I asked a simple question that you could’ve answered with a yes or no answer. No need to have an attitude.

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  38. Lindy Says:
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    does anyone know BA blocks domestic JAL award tickets? i’m trying to get NRT-IST in October and i can’t find anything. It’s also forcing me into econ. thoughts?

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  39. Burryhood Says:
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    @Dan:
    My man 🙂

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  40. Dan Says:
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    @Lindy:
    How is NRT-IST domestic?

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  41. Lindy Says:
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    sorry, i meant Osaka (ITM), not Istanbul (IST).

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  42. Michael Says:
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    “For example Buenos Aires/AEP to Iguazu Falls/IGR can now be booked online for the first time ever”

    This is false, I booked this specific flight on January 8th and took it on April 8th of this year.

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  43. Dan Says:
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    @Lindy:
    Try calling BA?

    @Michael:
    Weird, I’ve searched that route many times and have always gotten goose eggs and had to call to book.

    At any rate, it’s definitely more reliable than before, as are many domestic AA routes.

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  44. Ely Says:
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    I found many flights MIA – STX…. in past it was almost impossible to find open space on the BA site..

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  45. Dan Says:
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    @Ely:
    Nice!

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  46. Leizer Says:
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    I just tried to book a flight from PHX to JFK, BA asked for 50k points?????
    It’s supposed to be 12500 no?

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  47. Dan Says:
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    @Leizer:
    You’re looking at first class.

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  48. Anonymous Says:
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    upps! Yes u right thanks!

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  49. MosheD Says:
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    Is cx showing?

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  50. ChiDan Says:
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    looking for those saver award flights from ORD-SFO leaving Aug. 9 (prefer morning) and coming back Aug. 13 at night, but nothing – is that typical? What are the chances of something popping up?

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  51. DL Says:
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    Does BA not show AB flights? AA always shows me RJ/AB/HG flights, but BA always tends to miss on those, particularly if routings > 2 segments

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  52. Dan Says:
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    @DL:
    Search for the nonstop AB routes.

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  53. Sola Says:
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    @Dan: I’ve seen posted that AA availability is updated twice per day, is that correct?

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  54. Jeremy Says:
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    @Michael: Me too with slightly different timing. Booked in February for March.

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  55. Abe the Best Says:
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    The Bug is Back , you cannot book now on BA website AA flights

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  56. Tim Says:
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    Hi there. I’m trying to find the best way to avoid high ADP charges on a one-way from LON-NYC for two passengers. I only have enough AA points for one mileage ticket with them and also have Avios, QF, DL points. How can I use those points to get a flight without an absurd $300 tax charge?

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  57. Tim Says:
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    @Tim: @dan – any suggestions re the above?

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  58. David R Says:
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    There are several non stop saver awards showing on AA.com, but BA.com is only showing a couple of flights with stops. Is it broken again?

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  59. corridor! Says:
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    I can’t find a single flight from SCL-IPC or IPC-PPT. Are you no longer able to see availability online with BA?

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