While miles, meals and seat preferences may not be the most urgent of personal data, the passwords that you share with other (more critical) accounts may be worth considering.
What to Know Now
On January 13th of this year, Skift’s Business Traveler asked the question of whether 2015 would be the year of the loyalty program hack. It’s safe to say at this point that the answer is decidedly “yes.”
As it turns out, that July’s data breach at United was worse than we thought. Bloomberg just uncovered that both American Airlines and Sabre, the company responsible for making reservations for thousands of hotel and airline providers, were targeted by hackers in the same attack. Nobody still knows the depth and breadth of the data lost.
It’s probably safe to assume that nothing in any of your loyalty program accounts is safe at this point, as well as any details about flights you took on United, American, and other carriers that may reveal similar hacks in the near future.
Change your passwords.
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