Full Disclosure: Seth did not pay me anything or compensate me in any way to write this post.
I do have access to Expertflyer, although I’ve never been a heavy user of it. Most often I use it to check paid loads, award space, MPM and MCT, and seatmaps. But anyways, as you may (or may not) know Expertflyer very recently lost access to Star Alliance award space and alerts. A lot of members felt that this made Expertflyer a lot less useful.
Believe it or not, I actually very rarely used Expertflyer Star Alliance alerts, because I have access to another great and likely lesser known tool – Wandering Aramean Travel Tools, which my fellow blogger at BoardingArea Seth runs. I’ve used these tools for quite a while and it makes alerts painless and convenient. I’m surprised all the major bloggers who wrote about ExpertFlyer losing Star Alliance alerts haven’t written about WATT.
Wandering Aramean Travel Tools
His tools are to say the least as good as ExpertFlyer and KVS Tool, both programs I use frequently. As far as I know this is the only site/tool that lets you set up alerts for Star Alliance and Oneworld that don’t charge you per search.
The user interface isn’t as great, but when you have alerts in your email, you don’t really care about the format! For example, here are all my Star Alliance Alerts currently on the site:
An Alternative to ExpertFlyer Star Alliance Alerts
When a seat opens up, I get an email from WATT that looks like this, quite similar to Expertflyer:
The emails list classes of service and mixed class itineraries as well which I appreciate. If you don’t currently have an account, sign up here. Once you’ve logged in, go to the Awards Tab and then click Star Alliances. It’s pretty straightforward and self-explanatory. The alerts are very easy to set up and you can also set what class of service and specific flights to look for as well (although I think that is a paid option).
It’s free to signup for, so everyone who is reading this and needs to book award tickets really should get an account! There is a free as well as a paid “First Class” subscriber option – I have the paid one which I think costs $15 a year so that is very reasonable for essentially unlimited automated searches.I get emails 4x a day as a “First Class member” while regular members get them 1x a day.
WATT also has an option for Star Alliance alerts pulling from ANA as well as oneworld alerts (which pull from Qantas) so to a large extent this should be the tool you’re using for alerts if you don’t currently have one.
I’ll write a full review of Seth’s tools soon but right now as I just realized I haven’t written about miles/points tools at all this should be a useful post. As always, if you have any questions feel free to comment below.