There are 4 features, 3 of which are useful for those looking for perks availability. All of this is easy and requires little prior knowledge of how airline reward rules work. This article describes them.
How to search for redemption with Seat Spy
Seat Spy typically performs searches for specific routes between two airports or cities on selected airlines, rather than searching for specific dates like most search engines do. Then get availability across the bookable calendar and show all available seats in all cabins for all dates.
For example, if you want to use your points to fly from Seattle to London on British Airways, select British Airways in the airline dropdown, then Seattle (SEA) and London (in this case LON), then select your desired choose whether to You can do a one-way search or a round-trip search.
Click Search to make other filtering criteria available. For example, you can select the number of passengers you want to search for, or the specific cabin you want to board (economy, business, first, etc.). You can also refine by a sliding scale to refine the number of points you want to use, and whether to include peak hour, off-peak redemption, or both.
In addition to these filters, you’ll see a nifty color-coded bar chart showing the availability of award seats in each cabin by month, followed by a daily view of all available award seats. .
For those with flexible travel dates, Seat Spy’s calendar view will be most helpful. This allows you to quickly see on which days the reward seats are cheaper, rather than looking up the reward prices for each date separately to determine which days are the best.
Mouse over a date in the calendar to see availability for each cabin and the number of points required to redeem it. The screenshot below shows 6 Economy Class seats, 6 Premium Economy Class seats, 6 Business Class seats and 2 First Class seats available for redemption on January 16, 2024. You can also see the number of points required for each.
How to set alerts for award bookings
If your search doesn’t find availability for the dates you’d like to travel, you can set up Seat Spy alerts to notify you if a reward seat becomes available later. You can create directly from within the search results.
Departure and arrival cities are pre-filled, but can be changed. For round-trip searches, you can also set a date range for outbound and inbound flights. You can even filter out cabins that aren’t of interest to you and set the number of passengers you want to redeem points for.[アラートの作成]Click to be ready and the system will notify you when spaces matching your criteria become available.
By default, you receive these alerts by email. You can also receive Seat Spy alerts via Telegram, WhatsApp, or text message by entering your phone number.
How to use the ‘Where can I go’ search?
For the slightly more advanced traveler, Seat Spy offers a ‘Where can I go’ feature that allows you to perform searches based on either a departure city or an arrival city. All available award seats inside and outside the airport within the specified time range will be displayed.
This is useful if you want to book an award ticket but need help choosing a destination to earn points. For flights from London Heathrow (LHR) with British Airways, Seat Spy returned 97 European cities, 9 African cities, 21 Asian cities, 28 North American cities, and 5 South American cities for the specified date range. .
You can further refine the cabin you want to fly in, the number of passengers you want to fly in, the specific world regions you want to focus on, and even set a maximum points threshold.
Hover your mouse over the destinations displayed on the map to see availability of benefits for each cabin. Click the Details button to see the same calendar view as the main search, expanding results beyond the specified date.
Once you’ve found an available seat on the flight you’re looking for, all you have to do is visit the airline’s website and book a flight using a known available date and destination.