The "View my alerts" page now shows when your search was last run

We'll check availability for your alerts once a day for free, or every hour for Elite members.

To keep the signal-to-noise ratio to a minimum, we only email you when seats become available. That means it's not easy to confirm that your alerts are actually working properly!

On the "View my alerts" page, we'll now tell you exactly when your search was just checked, giving you that bit more confidence.

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Thanks to Eugene for the idea! ❤️

Support BA’s Flying Start charity when you go Elite this weekend

We’re running a special promotion for the Easter weekend in aid of British Airways’ Flying Start charity. Flying Start works with Comic Relief to tackle poverty in the communities which BA fly to.

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If you join Elite over the long weekend for £3 per month, we’ll give your first month’s membership to Flying Start.

With your Elite membership, you’ll get hourly alerts, giving you the best chance of getting the hardest-to-find redemptions.

For more details about Elite and to sign up, click here.

We're now experimenting with adverts for non-Elite members

We're now experimenting with adverts on the search results page, provided by Google, to help support the site and keep it running.

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If you're signed in as an Elite member, you won't see any adverts.

Alerts for non-Elite members will now be staggered across the day

When you set up an alert, we check availability with BA periodically, and send you an email if there are any new dates available.

For Elite members, we check every hour, but for non-Elite members, we'll only run your search once a day.

Until now, all non-Elite alerts have been checked at the same time in the morning every day. This isn't a good long-term approach, as it means that we hammer BA with traffic in one burst, and the process takes longer and longer every day as we add more and searches to run.

Now, non-Elite members' alerts will now be staggered across the day to spread the load, so you could receive alerts at any time, but no more than once per day.

Our new design is now completed

At the start of this week, we launched a new look for BA Redemption Finder. The new design is now in place across the site. If anything is ugly or confusing, or you have any feedback, just get in touch.

BA Redemption Finder has a new look

We've launched a new design for the homepage to help people to understand how BA Redemption Finder can help them, and how to get started. We'll have the new design across the whole site soon, but for now, it's only on the homepage.

Any feedback? Get in touch!

Logging into your account now uses a password, not a login link sent by email

You'll now need to use a password rather than an login link sent by email to log in to your account.

If you already have an account, you'll need to set your password. Enter your email address, and we'll send you an email with a link which will let you choose a password.

Sorry for the clunky email-based flow we've had for the last few months! 🙈

Elite memberships set up by credit/debit card are now activated instantly

Last week, I automated the activation of Elite memberships set up by Direct Debit to be instant, rather than a manual process.

Setup is now also instant if you sign up using a credit or debit card for $4.50 USD per month. Your hourly alerts will be activated immediately.

Elite memberships set up by Direct Debit are now activated instantly

Up until now, switching people over to an Elite membership and enabling hourly alerts has been a manual process.

This is now completely automated - you can now sign up online for £3/€3.50 per month by Direct Debit in the UK and Eurozone, and your hourly alerts will be activated instantly.

BA haven't released the peak and off-peak dates for 2019 yet

Redemptions for 2019 are now starting to go on sale (since BA release reward availability 355 days ahead), but BA are yet to release the calendar for the year, showing which days have peak pricing and which are off-peak.

This means that we only know on the day whether it's peak or off-peak. So, for example, today availability for 7th January 2019 went on sale. We now know that it's a peak day, but we don't yet know whether 8th January is. This makes showing pricing very challenging 🙈

As a result, I've updated the site to show available days where we don't know the price in grey.

If you hover over a date for which we don't know the price, you'll see a "Price unknown" tooltip.

BA haven't tended to release the full picture until half way through the year (the full calendar for 2018 wasn't released until June 2017).

Hopefully the data will become available before June - and in the meantime, we'll be looking for alternative ways to show pricing.

No published changelogs yet.

Surely BA Redemption Finder will start publishing changelogs very soon.

Check out our other public changelogs: Buffer, Mention, Respond by Buffer, JSFiddle, Olark, Droplr, Piwik Pro, Prott, Ustream, ViralSweep, StartupThreads, Userlike, Unixstickers, Survicate, Envoy, Gmelius, CodeTree