Do you have to renew in person in Greece? What if you sent your passport and required items (new 2x2 photos?) FedEx to a family member in Greece. Let them take it in for renewal. Then FedEx it back to you here in the US.
Just trying to think out side of the box.
Unfortunately I have to apply in person because they take biometrics at the time of application (and to my bad luck, they changed the biometric requirements since the last time I had to get a passport, so they can't use the ones they already have). Otherwise I'd have done just that.
Thanks everyone again. It sounds like it is possible to leave the USA this way, but it's stretching it and risking it. I'll try to get my Consulate here to give me an emergency travel document, it's their job to help their citizens anyway (supposedly). Plus I called them a month before my passport is due to expire, and they weren't able to offer me an appointment until after the expiration date. So somehow they got to help me/advise me what to do if I have to travel.
Sunny123 - we'll be there for almost 5 weeks, and passports take just 3-4 business days to be processed (it's just through the Consulates that it takes so much longer and I don't really know why), so even with a delay it's quite unlikely that I won't have my passport in hand for my return trip. The silly thing is, even those passports that are forwarded to them from Consulates abroad still take the same amount of time to be processed, so no idea what takes a Consulate so long. Ridiculous!!