As a Star Alliance member and partner airline, it is possibe to book flights on Ethiopian Airlines using SAS EuroBonus points.

However, occasionally, SAS will show what we call ghost availability, which means that those seats aren’t actually available for booking!

Ghost availability on Ethiopian Airlines using SAS EuroBonus Points

The Problem

  1. You search for a given route on SAS’ Website using the Star Alliance Award Trip search.
  2. Results come back and it shows 9 seats available in Business Class. Great!
  3. You go ahead, select the flight and continue all the steps to book them. Almost there.
  4. Once your passenger details are filled in, you hit Next to proceed to the payment screen, and the website fails.
  5. Oh no! You start again later, refreshing the search, but all the available seats disappeared.

After our thorough investigation, it seems that any Ethiopian Airlines results that show more than 2 business seats are ghost!

Our Solution

To make results more accurate, our implemented solution will detect and filter out those ghost seats. When you use AwardFares, you can make sure that all the available flights you see in the result list are actually bookable :)

Also, just note that if you use other tools or award flight search engines, you’ll see a missmatch between what AwardFares and those tools report. That’s mainly because most other solutions are not filtering out ghost availability.

Get started, and stay tuned.

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