My wife and I need to be in Minneapolis on December 27th for a wedding (no offense to those of you who live there, because it's a nice city, but seriously, who gets married on a Tuesday, two days after Christmas, in Minneapolis?!). We'll be spending the holiday at my folk's house in Eastern PA. Our plans on the back end were originally up in the air, so we only booked the outbound flights. Going ABE-PHL-MSP, for $129 per person on US, which I thought was a really good price (In fact, the day before I booked the tickets, they were $179 pp, so I was fully expecting to pay that...but lo and behold, they had dropped overnight and I was able to book at the lower price!) However, now our plans have firmed, and we need to return to Eastern PA. The problem is that prices are pretty steep, and there aren't a lot of options at a decent price (and I'm defining decent as less than $300 pp one-way). Normally, I don't book this far out, but I feel like the 15-30 day booking "sweet spot" doesn't apply during a holiday week like that. Part of me says "well, that's what everyone thinks, and that's why everyone buys tickets for the holidays so early, and that's why they can charge so much, so maybe I should hold out and prices will drop." The other part of me says "You're going to pay $500 pp if you think like that and wait until December 10th to book." So what would you do, experienced Milepoint travelers? I don't need to fly back into ABE...PHL, or even EWR is doable...we'd like to fly back the day after on 12/28, because we really don't have a reason to continue to stay in Minneapolis after this event, but prices are higher on the 28th than they are even on the 29th. I've been trying to come up with creative ways to get back there...such as maybe there's a cheap flight to LGA, and then we could take a train from NYC to Philly?....maybe we could find a really cheap one-way segment to somewhere random (St. Louis! Cleveland!) on another airline, and then look for one-way tickets back from there? Maybe book a roundtrip MSP-ABE-MSP with the return being sometime in January when prices are cheaper, but "throwing away" that last segment (technically illegal, I know)? I haven't been fully satisfied with any of the potential creative options I've found yet... Anyone have any creative suggestions? Thanks!