So part of my plan to hit silver with DL this year included this trip I am starting. The gate agent asked if we wanted to take a later flight that was direct. Now, in the past I would have jumped on a direct flight offer. But doesn't she understand that doing that now would short me 500MQMs?! I actually said something along those lines to her in hopes that maybe things were tight enough she would offer me the MQMs for changing but she didn't. So we wait.