Save Time Searching for Award Seats on Oneworld Airlines With Award Finder

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Ever had trouble searching for award seats on Oneworld partners like American Airlines, British Airways, Qatar Airways, or Air Berlin?

If so, you might be interested the free Google Chrome plugin, Award Finder.  It can search for award seats on 8 different airlines, all at once!

Award Finder

Online Tools Like Award Finder Can Help Take the Frustration Out of Searching for Award Seats!

I’ll show you what Award Finder can (and can’t!) do for you, next time you’re looking for award tickets.

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Link:   Award Finder

If you’re looking for award seats on Oneworld airlines, using Award Finder might help save you time!

It’s possible to search for available seats directly through airlines’ websites, but it isn’t necessarily easy.

Because, for example, American Airlines’ site will NOT show you award seats on lots of the Oneworld partner airlines.

And if you use British Airways’ site to search for award seats, you can’t search flexible travel dates.  And it’s hard to search multi-city itineraries on their site without searching leg-by-leg.

Here’s where Award Finder comes in handy!

Award Finder makes it easy to search for flights on multiple airlines all at once, including:

  • Air Canada (AC)
  • ANA (NH)
  • British Airways (BA)
  • Etihad
  • Japan Airlines (JL)
  • KLM / Air France (KL / AF – still in beta)
  • Qantas (QF)
  • Singapore Airlines (SQ)

How to Use Award Finder

1.   Install Award Finder

To install Award Finder, click the “Get the Chrome app now!” button on Award Finder’s main page.  Then follow the prompts.  It’s easy!

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It Only Takes 3 Clicks to Add Award Finder to Your Chrome Browser!

Then Award Finder’s search page will pop-up.

2.   Add Your Frequent Flyer Accounts

You’ll have to give Award Finder access to your frequent flyer accounts by entering your login and password information.

To do this, you can click any of the “Set Up” buttons on the page.  They’ll all take you to the same place.

Award Finder

Clicking Any of the “Set Up” Buttons Will Take You to the Page Where You Can Enter Your Frequent Flyer Account Information

From there you’ll be able to enter your frequent flyer account information.  You MUST add your account information for whichever airline you want to search.

To search for Oneworld award seats, you need to (at least!) enter your British Airways (BA) and Qantas (QF) account information, because they’re part of the Oneworld team.  But it doesn’t hurt to add all of your account info for future searches.

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Enter Your Usernames and Passwords Here

Then click “Sync User Accounts”  and “Save.”

3.   Search for Award Seats

After you’ve saved your account information, go back to the search page by clicking “Search” in the top left corner of the page.

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Click the “Search” Icon to Go Back to the Main Search Page

From there, enter your departure and arrival information, including airport, departure date, and number of passengers.

You’ll also be able to select which airlines you’d like to search for award seats on, and whether you’re looking for coach, Business, or First Class seats.

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Enter Your Search Criteria On Award Finder’s Main Page

Award Finder can search for multiple airports at once, so you can search all of the routes you might be interested in at the same time.

To enter multiple search destinations, enter each 3-letter airport code separated by commas.

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It’s Easy to Search Multiple Airports and Multiple Days With Award Finder

You can also search multiple days at a time by selecting how many days ahead you want Award Finder to search in the “+Days” box.

Then click the “Search” button!

In the example below, I searched for 1 Business Class award seat between Atlanta and Doha, Qatar, on Qatar Airways.  Departing on April 10, 2017, or within 5 days after that date.

Here’s what I found:

Award Finder

My Search Returned 3 Non-Stop Flights Between Atlanta and Doha, Qatar, With Available Business Class (and Coach!) Award Seats

There are 3 different non-stop coach flights with available award seats from Atlanta to Doha, Qatar, between April 10, 2017, and April 15, 2017.

4.   Filter Your Search Results

Award Finder will display ALL available flights, including those on partner airlines or multiple stops, for example, if you don’t narrow down your search with the “Show/Hide Filters” feature.

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Check to Make Sure You’ve Added the Filters You Want to Apply to Your Search

When you click the “Show/Hide Filters” button, you’ll be able to select filters like non-stop flights, class of service, and the airline you’d prefer to fly with.

The Drawbacks

As with most online tools, there’s always room for improvement!

It can take a long time for Award Finder to complete a search (like ~30+ minutes!).  So it would be nice if it searched faster.  But it’s still probably quicker than doing the search yourself. 😉

I also think Award Finder could be confusing for folks who are new to miles & points.  Because they use airline abbreviations and codes like “F”, “J”, an “Y”, to represent coach, Business, and First Class seats, for example.  So you have to be familiar with the lingo. 😉

Also, there’s no calendar view, like with other award search tools.  And not all airlines are included!

Other Award Search Tools

I’ve written about TravelCodex’s “How Many Miles Award Tool.“  It can help you save time searching for the cheapest award seats.

And Award Ace, another free tool, that offers many of the same features as Travel Codex’s tool.  But includes more airline mileage programs.

You can also use paid award search websites like Award Nexus or ExpertFlyer.

Bottom Line

Award Finder lets you easily search for award seats on 8 different airlines all in one place.

It’s especially useful for searching for available oneworld award seats, because it can search the British Airways and Qantas site simultaneously, for award seats on partner airlines like American Airlines and Qatar Airways.

That said, it will NOT show you how many miles you’ll need.  Like the How Many Miles Award Tool from TravelCodex does.

And you might also consider using tools such as Award Ace.  Or paid sites like Award Nexus or ExpertFlyer to find available award seats on different airlines at once.

Have you tried Award Finder?  Let me know what you think!

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4 responses to “Save Time Searching for Award Seats on Oneworld Airlines With Award Finder

  1. After you found the qatar airways flight can you call BA and book it with AA miles ?

    • @Sam, you need to call AA to book anything with AA miles, except for airlines their own website includes in a search, which unfortunately in 2017, is still only a handful of the partners. United and Delta have known how to search most of their partners online for quite a few years now, but AA is still not in the 21st century on this.

  2. It looks like the tool is pretty easy to use. What is the best award you found using it?

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