I finally heard back from Delta. While the response used a lot of boilerplate-type language, the end result was that both of us got 5,000 SkyMiles credited to our respective accounts. Not too bad, really, given that it would cost us a great deal of money to fly enough miles to earn that. We also got $50 vouchers ($100 total) for our willingness to drive to Atlanta, although those have yet to arrive.
On a related note, I’m happy because I realized that my Medallion status is valid through February 2012, which means that if I get a paper accepted at the conference in my sub-specialty being held in China in late 2011, I can possibly get a first-class upgrade. Suh-weeeeet! Now let’s all pray that I get a job that would be willing to fund my trip there!