When searching for award seats, it’s best to be flexible with your dates. To help with that, some frequent flyer programs offer the ability to search for award space across multiple dates at a time.

In this guide, I look at flexible date searches through five of the most used frequent flyer programs for travellers in Australia.

For more information on which website to use for specific airlines and frequent flyer programs, check out this guide.

Why should I search by flexible dates?

It’s pretty obvious, right? You hopefully have flexibility in the dates you can fly on, which, admittedly, is not always the case. Plus, the availability of award seats fluctuates according to the time and day of the flight.

That means you can save time by choosing the right website for your search and clicking the right buttons.

Can I search across multiple dates with Qantas?

Yes, you can. First, select Use points and then enter your search query. Make sure to enter your frequent flyer login details at the end.

Qantas search box

The results will be shown across a whole month. The colours denote which cabin/s availability is found.

Qantas monthly view

Alternatives: British Airways Executive Club, Asia Miles, AAdvantage or Japan Airlines Mileage Bank for oneworld partners; Emirates Skywards for Emirates flights

Can I search across multiple dates with Velocity?

Unfortunately, you cannot. When you search for a flight, you do not have the option of a flexible date search.

Velocity Frequent Flyer flight search

However, although the results will not show for the surrounding dates, you can easily toggle between days.

Velocity Frequent Flyer flight search

Alternatives: Delta SkyMiles for Virgin Australia flights; Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer for Singapore Airlines flights; AAdvantage for Etihad flights

Can I search across multiple dates with KrisFlyer?

Yes, you can, but it’s restricted. KrisFlyer allows for a seven-day search window for Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flights but not for partner airlines.

After logging in, you can search across a number of dates by checking the Flexible travel dates box.

KrisFlyer flexible travel date search

It’ll come up with one of four results:

  • Saver (this is the one to aim for)
  • Advantage (more expensive award)
  • Waitlist
  • Check availability (meaning either no availability or waitlist availability)
KrisFlyer flexible date search

The availability will only show for the number of seats you have selected. So, if you are looking for three seats on a certain date and there are only two available, it will show no availability.

The mobile app allows for searches across a three-day window.

Alternatives: the award.flights tool is quicker and easier to use than the KrisFlyer website; United MileagePlus, ANA Mileage Club or Air Canada Aeroplan for Star Alliance flights

Can I search across multiple dates with Asia Miles?

Yes, you can. You can search for availability across a week by checking the Flexible dates box.

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles flight search

Given there are three levels of award pricing, you’ll want to check what the amount is for Standard (the cheapest). In this case, it’s 25,000 Asia Miles, which shows that Standard awards are available across the whole week.

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles flight search

Asia Miles used to have the best overview of search results of the five programs in this guide. However, its current search engine is clunky and consumer-unfriendly.

Alternatives: Qantas, British Airways Executive Club, Asia Miles, AAdvantage or Japan Airlines Mileage Bank for oneworld partners

Can I search across multiple dates with Etihad Guest?

This program has an easy-to-use flexible dates interface. You do not need to select a flexible date search option.

Etihad Guest flight search

The handy weekly tab will show you if availability is open, denoted by the miles required.

Etihad Guest flight search

Note that Etihad Guest-only shows availability for Etihad-operated flights. For partners, you’ll need to search for availability on another website and then call Etihad to book.

Alternatives: Velocity for Virgin Australia flights; AAdvantage for American Airlines flights

Other tools

Independent aggregators like Award Nexus and ExpertFlyer offer a more complete overview of search results by month or week, respectively. However, they do charge a price for their services.

If you tend to travel frequently and/or are time-poor, investing in membership may be worth it to you.

Summing up

When searching for award seats, it’s best to be flexible with your dates. To help with that, some frequent flyer programs offer the ability to search for award space across multiple dates at a time.

Of the five top frequent flyer programs in Australia, Qantas is best at doing this and Velocity is the worst. As such, have a look at alternative programs depending on the airline you want to fly. Then you can always go back to confirm the availability through your target program.

A beginner’s guide to how to do a flexible date search was last modified: February 17th, 2020 by Matt Moffitt