How My Delta Oversold Flight Netted Me Almost $2,800

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On a recent Delta flight from Las Vegas to New York, I found myself on a flight that was oversold and they were seeking volunteers willing to take a later flight. As I had flexible travel plans, I agreed to bump to the next non-stop flight back to New York, which was about 3 hours later.

Delta was offering a $600 voucher, which I thought was a fair amount for this time to wait, however I also negotiated to be rebooked into First Class on the next flight, which the agent agreed to.

However, it gets better since as I got rebooked I earned a 100% MQM bonus on the new flight, meaning an additional 2,248 Medallion Qualifying Miles.

You’ll recall Delta is currently selling MQMs, and for 2,500 MQMs they’re asking $2,195. So while I received a $600 Delta travel voucher, by earning these additional MQMs, this oversold flight netted me nearly $2,800 in value.

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Have you had any oversold flights recently on Delta, where you’ve been rebooked into the premium cabin and earned a class of service bonus on your new flight? Feel free to share your comments below!

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  1. You’ll recall Delta is currently selling MQMs, and for 2,500 MQMs they’re asking $2,195.

    The pertinent question is – Would you have bought 2500 MQM’s from Delta and paid $2,195? If not, then this math is “just in your head” at best, and clickbait at worst.

  2. Sort of agree with the others here. Why did you choose the most expensive way of earning MQMs?

    For that matter if I am a top Delta elite earning 11 miles per dollar then when I buy a 228$ flight since I earned 2500 MQMs Delta actually paid me 1967$ to fly!

  3. Sorry already realized my mistake above on earning rates of MQMs. But take some sort of a mileage run for the same effect

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