If you booked a British Airways ticket between Aug. 21 and Sept. 5, 2018, using the British Airways website or mobile app, your personal and credit card information could be compromised.
If you believe you could be at risk, check your credit reports and look through your credit card statements to ensure there are no unauthorized purchases. Many credit cards allow users to dispute fraudulent charges made to their accounts.
Who is affected by the British Airways data breach?
British Airways confirmed in a statement the breach began around 6:00 p.m. EDT on Aug. 21 and was not resolved until 4:45 p.m. EDT on Sept. 5. The airline did not say how many people could be affected.
» Learn more: 7 things every credit card user needs to know about fraud.
British Airways is contacting affected customers, but is advising anyone who may have purchased a ticket to contact their banks or credit card providers for more information.
The data breach affects only those who bought at ticket on ba.com or the British Airways app.
What can I do if I may be a victim?
If you are concerned that you may be a victim of the breach, there are several actions you can take now to prevent future damage. Actions include:
- Report your credit card number as stolen
Immediately report your card as stolen to your bank or credit card issuer. During the report, the bank will go over any suspicious purchases made on your account and issue you a new credit card number. This can prevent an unauthorized user from making future purchases with your card.
- Check your credit reports
With enough personal and financial information, scammers may be able to open new credit cards in your name without your knowledge. Every year, you can receive one free credit report from the three major bureaus. You can also get credit alerts and weekly credit score monitoring from NerdWallet.
- Place alerts or freezes on your credit reports
To prevent all pulls of your credit reports, you can freeze your credit reports with all three bureaus. Putting an alert or freeze on your report is free, and prevents your credit report from being requested by anyone.
How to maximize your rewardsYou want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2018, including those best for:
- Airline miles and a large bonus: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card (Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®).
- Flat-rate travel rewards: Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card (Earn unlimited 2 miles per dollar on every purchase).
- Premium travel rewards: Chase Sapphire Reserve® (Get 3 points per dollar on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide and 1 point per dollar on all other purchases).
- No annual fee: Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card (Earn unlimited 1.5 points per dollar spent on all purchases, with no annual fee).
- Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express (Get 5 points per dollar on flights booked directly with airlines or through American Express Travel, plus get access to the Global Lounge Collection). Terms Apply.
Planning a trip? Check out these articles for more inspiration and advice:
NerdWallet’s Identity Theft and Cybersecurity Guide
Survey: Americans Unprepared for Another Financial Data Breach
The Scariest Thing to Find on Your Credit Reports