Regularly Check Your Frequent Flyer Accounts For Breaches

Regularly Check Your Frequent Flyer Accounts For Breaches
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With so many hacks out there recently, your first instinct might be to look at your credit cards and bank accounts after a breach. If you’ve racked up lots of frequent flyer points, you should check those accounts also.

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The average person might not think to check a frequent flier account — and that’s why they’re a great target for hackers. You might not find out the account was hacked until someone goes on a joy ride at your expense.

You can also protect your account by protecting your boarding pass. Don’t put that in the seat pocket when you’re done. Treat it like a credit card receipt and dispose of it securely.

If you have a lot of points, check your account quarterly for suspicious activity.

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  • You’re more likely to be screwed by the airline not giving you adequate warning that your about to lose 100,000 points because they changed the inactive period from 3 years to 1 year and think 1 line in an email you rarely read (because it gets lost in a sea of thousands of junk emails) 30 days before it expires is sufficient.

    Yes, a year later i’m still bitter at Qantas, i probably wouldn’t be so bitter if not for the fact i had that QFF when you actually had to pay for membership.

    So that is the more important reason to keep tabs on your frequent flyer accounts.

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