The airline says the logins allow The Points Guy to “invade Americans servers, access users accounts, and collect and expropriate the exclusive information” in infraction of Americans terms and conditions. It is likewise seeking to legally block The Points Guy from displaying Americans “copyrighted product”– that is to say, the American Airlines logo.
American Airlines has filed a suit versus travel suggestions site The Points Guy, claiming the site has actually breached the terms of usage of its frequent leaflet program by providing an app that lets users track airline miles from numerous airline companies in one location. Its looking for an order obstructing The Points Guy from using or accessing American Airlines client data and from enabling its users to access their own accounts through the TPG app or website. American is likewise seeking to block The Points Guy from showing the American Airlines logo design and other hallmarks.
The TPG app, launched in September 2021, professes to “assist users find out about points, miles, and loyalty programs, while optimizing their earning potential, and discovering how to efficiently burn those made points and miles to see the world.”
The app permits users to connect together various frequent leaflet accounts. In the case of American Airlines, the TPG app prompts you in-app to enter your AAdvantage number, your password, and your surname.
The claim submitted by American Airlines declares that the TPG app motivates members of its AAdvantage program to breach its terms of usage en masse by handing over their user logins to an unauthorized 3rd party.
The airline states the logins allow The Points Guy to “attack Americans servers, gain access to users accounts, and gather and expropriate the exclusive data” in violation of Americans conditions. The problem implicates The Points Guy of breaching the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, an anti-hacking statute, by doing so. In addition, the suit trots out a list of other offenses, such as breach of contract, trespass, trademark violation, and copyright infringement (for showing the American Airlines logo).
The airline says the logins enable The Points Guy to “get into Americans servers”
American Airlines representative Andrea Koos said in a statement emailed to The Verge that The Points Guy moms and dad business Red Ventures “is accessing AA.com and AAdvantage consumer account information in a manner that does not abide by our standards for use of personal information.” She added that American Airlines takes “consumer information and exclusive information exceptionally seriously, and want to make sure it is protected and protected.”
The Points Guy preemptively took legal action against American Airlines in Delaware after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from the airline, according to a news release, declaring the airline was “attempting to obstruct the media platform from supplying the expense and time-saving advantages of The Points Guy App to consumers.”
” Consumers are always in control of their own data on The Points Guy App– they decide which loyalty programs and credit cards are available for the purpose of making their points-and-miles journey easier,” The Points Guy creator Brian Kelly said in a statement emailed to The Verge. The site is “choosing to fight back against American Airlines on behalf of travelers to secure their rights to access their points and miles so they can travel smarter,” he included.
American Airlines is asking the courts to tell The Points Guy from allowing users to log in to AAdvantage through the TPG app or website and likewise from keeping AAdvantage passwords and other member info. It is likewise seeking to legally block The Points Guy from displaying Americans “copyrighted product”– that is to state, the American Airlines logo design.
The claim requests statutory damages for the hallmark and copyright infractions and additional undefined damages to consist of any ” ill-gotten earnings and advantages” that The Points Guy might have gained from Americans customers and their information.
Update January 22nd 11:43 AM ET: Includes extra remark from The Points Guy