Blackouts are those periods no seats are available; if the available seats have been taken already, that is not a blackout period.
These are, as you are seeing, very high demand (and probably lower availability assigned from Revenue Management systems) and available 330 days out makes it even less likely to find scarce seats now - but look at all the various connections and permutations, and keep looking - RM will add / pull seats, and passengers holding seats may cancel (not to say RM will release these back into inventory, as it may not happen.) As the projected travel dates get closer, RM may add award seat availability (assuming sales are not as expected.)
And as brp says, try AAnytime, albeit they are certainly not the best deals around.
"You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there."
- RIP, Yogi Berra
Last edited by JDiver; Jun 29, 09 at 9:59 am.
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