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April 18, 2017

Bank of America reissues Alaska Airlines Visa cards

By Patrick Brusnahan

Bank of America (BofA) has reissued an unrevealed number of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Visa credit cards as a precautionary measure due to a potential third-party breach of card data.

Assuring its users, Alaska Airlines said that the airline systems were not breached in any way and customer data is not at risk. BofA’s issuance of new card will not have a major impact on the safety of customer data.

The bank deactivated the old cards and dispatched the new cards to the airline’s customers. BofA said that the cards are deactivated when credit card information is alleged to be compromised.

The bank informed its customers by mail and electronically this month that their credit card information may have been compromised at a third-party location or at an undisclosed merchant.

Bank of America spokesperson Diane Wagner said the potential compromise was not limited to any one card or bank.

The bank refused to share details on how many customer accounts were involved in the alleged fraud due to the sensitivity of the information.

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