Since I am broke, I am using AA miles to get home. I tried to get into Pittsburgh since it is only 2 hours from my parents place, but they didnt have any direct flights, only connecting flights in Chicago and it was 50,000 miles for coach seats.
I looked into other cities within a 5 hour drive from my parents place. Cleveland was the same flight plan as Pittsburgh. 50K miles, connecting in Chicago. Columbus, I could get a direct flight for 45K miles and first class, but it is a 5 hour drive to my parents house.
I ended up settling for Baltimore. Used 45,000 miles, got First class to/from Baltimore. Drive time is 3.5 hours.
I leave Dallas on Dec 22nd, and return on the 26th