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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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Additionally, a fun and cheaper way is to take a Delta mileage run before the end of year as both options would save you possibly thousands of dollars. There’s actually a service that will find you cheap mileage runs for your airline of choice for a small fee.
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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