I've had both ways, some months in advance or a week....it depends if it's a long programed flight or it's a "last minute" meeting! The reason that sometimes slow down my process of reserving and buying tickets are the dates that normally come latter than expected. My last two intercontinental trips I had that problem, on the first it was a trip to Colombia and I had an excelent fare and itenerary with AA
, but then when I wanted to change the dates I couldn't do it no longer...the price raised a lot, so I had to buy with CO
. Second time it was my trip this year to Congo, once again I booked with KL
/KQ/AF ( KL
/KQ to FIH and AF
from FIH ) and it looked really awesome, I would fly via NBO
and then NBO
to FIH with KQ
, well, once again the dates changed, so when I was going to buy the tickets the fare was no longer there...so I had to fly with AF
both ways!!! I guess from now on, I will only reserve and buy when I have the dates for sure!!!
On the short notice side I had in March a last minute meeting in Karlsruhe and I found a great fare with SWISS....but not flying with them....and that's amazing..I flew LIS
, then GVA
with Eurowings. On the way back I flew STR
with Cirrus and ZRH
again...4 flights with 4 different airplanes, A319, BAe 146, ERJ170 and A320!