Chicago Sun-Times
With Lori Rackl

November 2009 Archives says average holiday airfares for Thanksgiving and the December holiday season are getting more expensive, but airfares vary depending on exactly which day you fly.
As of early November, the average published price of a round-trip airline ticket home for Thanksgiving was $387, about 12 percent higher than a year ago, said. The average price of a round-trip ticket for the December holiday period was approximately $435, a 10 percent increase over a year ago.
Average fares are based on all published-price round-trip tickets booked the first week of November by customers for travel during the holiday periods.
"In October, when we first looked at holiday airfares, we found that they were averaging 10 percent lower than a year ago," said spokesman Brian Ek. "Now, with the reduced seat capacity at many major airlines and holiday ticket demand starting to peak, fares are moving up."
For the lowest fares, recommends that travelers try Nov. 23, 26 (Thanksgiving Day), 27 and 30. Highest fares were showing up for Nov. 20, 25 and 29.
For the December holidays, Priceline found the lowest fares on Dec. 22, 24, 26, 28, 29, 31 and Jan. 5, with highest fares on Dec. 17, 18, 19 and Jan. 2, 3 and 4.
To see the best travel days and sample airfares for specific itineraries, check out's customized Best Days To Fly Calendar at
Other advice from Priceline: Pick times of the day that are normally less busy, like early morning, 5 a.m.-7 a.m., or after 8 p.m. Peak business travel hours are generally the most expensive, 8 a.m.-10 a.m. and 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
-- Associated Press

While en route Monday from Chicago to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, my husband and I were standing in a long line waiting to go through immigration at the airport in Monterrey, Mexico.

I saw several guys (a couple of whom were very tall and wearing very tight jeans) get in line behind us.

I see the immigration guy approach one of them and quietly ask for his autograph. The guys are clearly in a rock band but I can't figure out who they are.

"The Keelers," the immigration guy says to me. The Killers???? Right here??? In line??? Behind us???

Some older woman in line asks the lead singer to pose for her with a photo. He smiles and does it. She later confesses to me she has no idea who the Killers are. But she's super excited about her photo.

The line isn't budging, so the immigration guy comes back and discreetly motions for one of the Killers to follow him -- he'll let them go through the line reserved for diplomats and crew (and famous rock stars, apparently).

The band slips off the back of the line and moves into the new one. As they're moving into the fast lane, my husband turns to them and says (in a joking manner), "Hey, you guys are killin' us."

One of them turns back, smiles and says, "That's what we do." Another one of them raises his hand in a wave and says, "Sorry, man." And he wasn't saying it in a jerky way.

I'm one of those people that hates it when other people cut in line. But these guys were acting so normal and down to earth as they waited with the rest of us, I'd let them line jump any day. Posing for photos. Signing autographs. Better yet: not using their rock star clout to demand preferential treatment. The immigration guy offered; they didn't demand. And they were really humble about moving into the diplomat line, too.

Rock on, Killers.

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