This is the situation. I live in country X and my friend in country Y. My friend will visit me, so we looked for some round trip tickets for him to do so. Now, immediately after his visit, I will visit him in country Y, so I will book myself some (say, one-way ticket) from country X to country Y, exactly on the same date as his flight back home. As natural, we would like to fly together. My question is
Is there a way to get my one-way ticket from Y to X so that it coincides with his flight back home? (i.e. same connections, same planes)
What I've tried so far is simply to look for one-way flights from Y to X on that specific date (using the same search engine we used for his round trip tickets), but his flights are not showing up in the results!
Another solution we thought was simply buying together two round-trip tickets from X to Y, and I just simply wouldn't take the one from X to Y, but of course this is wasting money (considering we're talking about international flights).
My impression is that this situation is quite common, and maybe somebody knows a better solution.
I didn't know how to formulate the title of the question in a more explanatory way. I apologize for that. If somebody finds a better way of doing it please feel free to edit