I do the majority of my flying from Newark to Manila. However, during certain times the prices on CO can be very high. For example, flying from EWR-MNL on CO currently costs almost $3k in August and Christmas time. During the low season, I can get tickets for less than $1200. EWR-IAH-(HNL)-GUM-MNL RT earns me 42,920 RDM. An award ticket to SE Asia is 65k miles. I know the most worthwhile way for me to earn the miles to redeem an award ticket is just to fly to Manila on a revenue ticket during the low season. However, my schedule doesn't always permit me to do so. This year, I started considering doing mileage runs strictly to earn miles to redeem award tickets during peak season. I find that good MR opporunities pop up quite often from PHL. With the gold elite bonus, I can find routings that would earn mileage at a rate of 1.5 cents. So if I wanted to earn 65k miles at 1.5c/RDM, it would cost me a total of $975. Meaning, I would spend $975 in MRs to redeem tickets worth $3k. So am I crazy to do this? To me, it makes perfect sense, but maybe I'm missing something? Here are my pros and cons so far: PROS: - Money saved in the long run - More chances of EUA - More VDB opporunities - I can use other *A carriers to MNL (w/ much lower change fees) - Higher EQM earnings CONS - A lot of days spent flying. 5-6 MRs required to earn 65k miles. What do you guys think?