United Airlines Rewards 1 Million Free Miles for Security Glitch Discovery
Earlier this year, United announced that they intended to reward anyone who could find security glitches on their websites or apps with free miles. The one million mile task: accessing and making changes to someone else’s device from a different geographic location. Turns out one lucky techie did just that. Jordan Wiens—who owns security firm Vector 35—turned in two remote access submissions to the airline's bug bounty program and received his one million miles last week.
Initially, the winner thought that his finds were lame (his words) and expected 50,000 miles or less for the submissions, according to a write-up on Wired. Wiens isn't allowed to share any details on how he went about finding the security holes or else risk losing his bounty. All in all, the winnings come in around $25,000—40 domestic round-trip flights or one first-class trip around the world, according to Wiens' calculations. Not bad for six hours of work.
Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.