Not to sour the mood, however I believe this to be relevant info:
Veith -- who is free on $200,000 bond -- is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 26 and faces up to 12 years in prison.
He was arrested in New York and extradited to Colorado in June 2011 after police say he diverted $450,000 meant to fund Internet startups into his personal accounts, according to court records.
Veith, who once owned Boulder tanning salon Sol Tan, started online frequent flier mileage tracking website UsingMiles.com[UsingMiles.com]in 2008 with a former classmate at the University of Colorado business school.
...You can track Southwest manually right now by adding them to your account and entering in your account balance. It's not perfect, but it's better than nothing!...
Thanks for the input, as I had this question too, since, confusingly, SWA was on the list of supported programs, but further down in the FAQ, I find out that it says manual input for SWA.
This service is probably useful for folks who have many other services to track, and Southwest or AA are just one of a bunch. But both these are key airlines out of the DFW area (and for the Texas market), so it really misses the boat for those of us located here.
I see the value in this service. Does this service provide access to the product catalogs from the program sponsors (i.e. able to buy products with points?)?
IIRC, another poster mentioned Manila supports automated management of SWA Rapid Rewards, so will look at that also.
Austin Veith has not been employed or involved with our company in any way for over a year and a half and thankfully his guilty plea yesterday represented closure for many of his victims. We are happy to get guys like this off the street, because they make it tough on us entrepreneurs (and our investors) who are building legitimate, well-intentioned, helpful and useful businesses. UsingMiles.com is 100% focused on serving its expanding list of partners and fast-growing membership base. We were thrilled to reach a huge milestone this week as we hit the 9 billion-mark in the number of points and miles we manage for our members!
signed up, i've been needing something like this for a while. already added over 10 programs with varying expiration dates. now to start figuring out how to dump a couple miles on each of them to extend them!
Hello, I'm the founder of UsingMiles. I just wanted to provide a bit of information regarding security, because it is a #1 priority for us. We use 256-bit SSL encryption, which is the same
security that banks use. All data is protected and validated by VeriSign. We follow industry-standard best-practices including PKI infrastructure to secure all account information inside the database. The people that built UM come from a mobile payments background, so we are extremely sensitive to the information contained within our site. We have many internal controls in terms of who and how people can get access servers and data, and have done security audits with very large financial companies.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any other questions! Thanks for considering joining our site! We appreciate it.
I understand that security is a focus for you, but it still concerns me having my passwords stored by someone other than myself. Do you offer any option, like award wallet, to store passwords locally on my own hard drive? Even though you are using the latest in industry security standards, we all see stories on the news about how some major bank, retailer, or site was compromised. Usually the compromise is not even related to bad security mechanisms, but due to human error or a stolen piece of equipment (pc, drive, thumb drive, DVD) that gives an unauthorized user access to data, or information to easily obtain the access to get to the data.
Having worked in the IT security field I know how hard it can be to "stay ahead of the threat" Many threats are not even known until it is too late. If I were a hacker after “the good stuff” I would think that your company would pose a pretty lucrative target. On one hand a Bank or government agency is big, and uses the same practices but carry with it connotations of a fortress. Deep pockets to go after a hacker and nail them to the floor even if it is expensive can be a good deterrent. That is the public perception anyway. For a company like yours the pockets may not be as deep to pursue as vigorously (I don't know, just conjecture), and the data can be just as valuable. Having credentials to FF programs is likely to lead indirectly to access to financial accounts as we all know most people do not use different credentials and passwords for every account. Additionally pilfering FF and hotel accounts can be pretty lucrative in many cases. In some reports I have seen, when this happens the hotel or airline, may not care to do much about it.
To me the risk of trusting a third party with my sensitive stuff seems pretty high for the return of convenience. I personally don't pose as sweet of a target, but a large collection of information does. I would feel much better if your service did exactly what it did, but did not require me to store credentials outside of my PC.
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