An Australian man who accumulated over 17 million frequent flyer miles without boarding a plane has been sent to jail.
Austin Perrott, from Melbourne Australia, took advantage of an online irregularity while working for Singapore Airlines as a customer service supervisor.
The glitch allowed him to add a fake name to a flight’s passenger list and award miles to the name.
He managed to steal frequent flyer miles from a number of different airlines around the world including United, American, British Airways, Air New Zealand, Qantas, Finnair and naturally Singapore Airlines.
Of the more than 17 million miles he obtained he reportedly sold about 4.3 million to friends and family, worth a total of about $295,000.
Mr Perrott now faces incarceration for six months after being found guilty of fraud.
This is not the first time that a frequent flyer program has been manipulated.
Years ago a man used a credit card that gave him miles for each purchase. He would purchase travelers checks with the card and then pay off his bill every month with the travelers checks. This is no longer legal.