This is an idea that I've been kicking around for a bit, but since I don't really do mileage runs - just weeklong cheap flights - I can not justify paying for it on my own. What if those of us in the DC area formed a club and hired web researcher on a site like oDesk.com to run flight searches for us overnight and report back the results? Then say after a day or two of private access (since we paid for the research) we would publicize any good options back here? It would require an upfront cost of paying the researcher as well as taking the time to train and retrain new researchers if they move on. Say $5 hour (competitive on the international market) * 4 hours per day = $610/month. If we had enough members of that club the cost could be fairly low on a monthly basis. We would need a club leadership with skills. I could create the website to collect data from the researcher and provide controlled access to the member base. I also could deal with the contractor and oDesk. A few people would need to put together the training materials - i.e. make sure they know all the tricks. We would need formalize the club legally since long term there is a good bit of money involved with dues and payments to the researcher so that would take another skill set... etc.. The benefit to the membership would be someone doing the research overnight for best available fares for common time periods -> weekend same day/weekend runs and maybe weekend to weekend good price flights. Please open discussion on the topic and take the time to answer the poll. (set to close in 1 month).