In this Tuesday, July 23, 2013, photo, a United Airlines jet takes off from Pittsburgh International Airport in Imperial, Pa. United Airlines reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, July 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
In this Tuesday, July 23, 2013, photo, a United Airlines jet takes off from Pittsburgh International Airport in Imperial, Pa. United Airlines reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, July 25, 2013.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
In this Tuesday, July 23, 2013, photo, a United Airlines jet takes off from Pittsburgh International Airport in Imperial, Pa. United Airlines reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, July 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(Fox News) – Here’s a reminder of why you shouldn’t use the same password or login credentials across multiple accounts –even when it comes to frequent flier accounts.

When a hacker manages to successfully steal a password from one account, he or she will test to see if it works elsewhere.

That’s what apparently happened in late December when United and American customers had their bonus miles stolen.

American Airlines just started notifying customers Monday that the thieves used customers’ frequent flier miles to try to book trips and acquire upgrades on new travel.

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