When Should You Buy Holiday Airline Tickets? By Frank Lenzi Published: Oct 29, 2013 at 6:55 AM PDT Last Updated: Oct 29, 2013 at 6:55 AM PDT Share this story print email Passengers at the American Airlines counter wait for checking in to their flights at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Computer problems forced American Airlines to ground flights across the country Tuesday after the airline was unable to check passengers in and book passengers. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) The holidays are right around the corner. So when is the best time to buy plane tickets? Rick Seaney, CEO and Co-Founder of Farecompare.com has some advice.