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?
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 25 May 2012
Total posts 356
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.
Member since 09 May 2011
Total posts 177
For Virgin, I believe the lead time is 330 days.
Member since 24 Oct 2010
Total posts 1,002
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.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 06 May 2011
Total posts 26
Is that seat selection for domestic only or for long haul as well?
Member since 23 May 2012
Total posts 178
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!
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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I just tried to book fares Sydney to Perth over Christmas 2013 and they are not available on Virgin yet.
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