Regularly Check Your Frequent Flyer Accounts For Breaches

Watch Out For Someone Hacking Your Airline Miles Accounts

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.

4 Lessons from a Hack: My Airline Miles Were Stolen [Yahoo Tech via Reddit]


Comments

    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.

    Last edited 19/01/15 5:23 pm

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