I just tried to book fares Sydney to Perth over Christmas 2013 and they are not available on Virgin yet.

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willvill

Member since 17 May 2012

Total posts 32

I just tried to book fares Sydney to Perth over Christmas 2013 and they are not available on Virgin yet. I can only book to Dec 7 or thereabouts. Is that normal' procedure to not make fares available 11 months out?

PeterLoh

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 May 2012

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It varies airline to airline (and also varies depending on whether you're paying or redeeming points), and even if you book at the earliest possible date that won't guarantee the cheapest fare as they usually have sale fares 6 months out.

10 months to 14 months lead time is normal as airlines can't be certain about their timetable further in advance.

chrisjrn

Member since 09 May 2011

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For Virgin, I believe the lead time is 330 days.

David

Member since 24 Oct 2010

Total posts 992

Yep, I actually asked about this at today's Sabre briefing and they said it's 331 days. Good news is that under Sabre, and thus as of next Monday, you'll be able to select your seat from that 331 day mark as soon as you make your booking.

jonom

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 06 May 2011

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Hi David,

Is that seat selection for domestic only or for long haul as well?

aero-seat

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 23 May 2012

Total posts 181

I think it is for both domestic and international flights because the new Sabre system is for all of Virgin's flights - domestic, international short haul and international long haul.

Sorry, I'm not David!

CaptainCrackers

Member since 13 Mar 2012

Total posts 12

Just be aware that in the course of 11 months there is a good chance you may have a flight schedule change and, as the A/C often aren't assigned to the route until weeks out, the seat you select now may not be available come travel time.

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