In 2010 and 2011 I racked up 225+ BIS miles per year. 2012 has been different. So far I've only managed to do about 50k BIS miles. Of those, only about 20k have been qualifying miles for next year (lots of reward miles from the previous two years to burn). In 2010/11 I flew Air Canada using tickets from a program called Flight Passes. You buy a book of one way trips for a certain region at a preset, up-front cost. For my business it offered price stability and budgeting ease. When my last gig with one client ended I was stuck with 4 orphaned one way trips. The tricky thing with flight passes is that the tickets expire one year after they're purchased....and that date is rapidly approaching. Rather than see about $4000 worth of plane tickets simply disappear into vapour, I did what anyone would do; I started planning how to use them to maximize the mileage I could accrue. The great thing is that my Flight Pass was for the "North America Transcontinental" zone. Basically that means that I can go anywhere that AC flies in Canada, the US (Alaska and Hawaii included), Mexico, and the Caribbean. So the planning begins. I put a lot of effort into putting the planning for this off. You see, I'm a horrible flight booker. When I was commuting across the country weekly on the Flight Pass I'd book my flights 48 hours before departure and all was good. I now forget that when you need to actually purchase a ticket, you probably should do it sooner, rather than later, unless you're willing to pay for those higher fare buckets that are the only ones left. You see, I'm based out of YEG...and while Canada is not a great place to do mileage running (due to flight prices), YEG is one of the worst big airports. It's right in the 'middle' of the country. I can't fly west to head east so I can maximize miles and east direct is just too close (due to direct flights and AC's tight routing restrictions) to make a trip to the east coast worthwhile. So the plan, once I finally started working on it, started to look like this. I'd buy a positioning flight for as far east in Canada as I could go.Then I'd find the best routing to the farthest point west that my Flight Pass would take me. I'd round trip that route and do the whole thing two times. The purchases are all done, the tickets in hand (some upgrades still waiting to clear) and I'm ready to go. Until then...off to board a plane.