British Airways’ award search tool is usually my “go to” place for searching oneworld award space for the airlines which aren’t displayed on aa.com (like Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines).
It’s not the most user friendly search interface, but it gets the job done, ultimately. In August of last year they made some positive changes to the search tool, whereby it became possible to search for multiple classes of service at a time.
Prior to that you could only search for economy, premium economy, business, or first class, while now they’ll let you display up to three cabins at a time.
Anyway, this morning I noticed that they made some further changes to the search page, which unfortunately appear to just be cosmetic. I was excited for a moment, though it looks like they’ve just changed the formatting of the search page:
Meanwhile the results page and everything else seems to remain the same:
So if you’re using the British Airways search tool and see the new search page, don’t get too excited, as it doesn’t seem like it comes with any added functionality.
In terms of things I’d love to see with the British Airways award search tool:
- The ability to display partner award space using a calendar view
- The ability to search just nonstop flights, as opposed to itineraries with connections
- Accurately displaying partner award space (lately the British Airways website has shown a fair bit of phantom Cathay Pacific award space)
- Displaying Alaska and Aer Lingus award space, which in my opinion are two of their best partners (so it’s certainly convenient to make them difficult to book)
Or I guess my real hope is that American’s website just displays all partners, as I love their interface for searching award space. Or maybe I don’t really want that, since the “masses” easily being able to find Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines award space only makes it tougher for the rest of us to secure those seats.
What’s your wish list for the British Airways award search tool?
(Tip of the hat to David)