AwardFares recently released some great new features that are quite handy when searching for award tickets, particularly when flying in groups.
Seat Map Integration
When you find a flight, click the Seat Map link a load up the real-time seat map for that flight, right beside the existing seat map annotations and links to SeatGuru.
Available seats are green, blocked seats are yellow, and occupied seats are displayed as red. There are some other features as well, which we will cover below.
Seat Map Lookup Tool
Seat maps are also available as a separate tool, which can be accessed from the new Tools menu available when you’re logged into your AwardFares account. You will need to have a Gold or Diamond subscription to access the new tools.
The new seat map lookup tool supports every major airline (not just Star Alliance), and seat characteristics are also available by hovering over a seat.
It is also possible to distinguish between forward and backward facing seats, indicated by the thick line (representing the seat back).
Flight Availability Tool
Last but not least, we have a brand new Flight Availability tool. This tool enables you to search flights by the route and check availability by booking class for flights.
Checking booking class availability can be useful in some situations where you might want to see how many tickets are for sale in a specific cabin class.
Bonus: Award Release Dates
They have also added a handy link in the new Tools menu to Ultimate Guide to Award Release Dates.
Try it out!
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