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Max award seats on a single flight?
I was wondering what is the highest amount of available seats you have seen on any airline in any cabin? Is there a maximum imposed by each airline or alliance. Is it possible to have every seat on the plane to be available for an award? Just curious, thanks!
It depends on the program, really. With a “fixed-value” currency (like JetBlue, or Southwest), every seat is available on points, because each point is worth a fixed dollar amount.
Other carriers will give “enhanced” inventory to members of their own programs. This can be more space at the saver level (like Lufthansa and Air France offer to their members, and United offers to credit card holders), or more space but at a price premium. Delta will pretty much give the last seat on the plane as an “award” — it’ll just cost 4x the saver rate.
But in terms of traditional, saver, shared-with-partners award space — it really varies by carrier and route. Sometimes we see 9+ seats. Other times we never see any. The variability is part of the fun!