One important consideration on whether I can bid on a package or not depends on its "shelf life". If the availability dates expire in 1 or 2 months, it's often difficult for me to travel on short notice. So I like auctions that have a long "shelf life".
OTOH, I understand it's the last minute, or shorter availability timeframes are more attractive to resorts and easier for LL to obtain. Just saying.....
I booked in May/June 2010 for my 3 March 2011 Mexico packages. I can not travel on short notice due to work constraints and the fact that in order to travel well - I need to budget extra $ towards the proposed trip event
I agree with Denise! I have been watching for 2012 properties for Greece, South America, and the Caribbean. I did fine one great option; Nevis-Montpelier Resort. I would love to have more 2012 choices. (PS-I do like that the dates do appear on the scanning page. I would love it added to Family Getaways packages.) I also agree with Denise that I do need to book very far in advance.