America West Offers Frequent Flyers Another Way to Earn Miles

FlightFund Members Can Earn Extra Miles by Using the Bill Me Later Payment Option

PHOENIX, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — America West Airlines (NYSE:AWA) , the nation’s second largest low-cost airline, announces a new promotion between the Bill Me Later(R) program and its award-winning frequent flyer program, FlightFund(R). Bill Me Later allows customers the option to defer payment for 90 days, which means customers can buy their tickets for travel now, take the trip and not worry about paying for it until June 2005. Members of FlightFund who select the Bill Me Later payment option while booking travel at will receive one mile per every dollar spent. In addition, members will earn 1,000 elite-qualifying miles for their first purchase between Feb. 3, 2005 and May 2, 2005.

“FlightFund members can earn valuable miles toward award travel while enjoying the convenience of the Bill Me Later payment option,” said Travis Christ, vice president, marketing. “We’re pleased to be the first airline to offer the opportunity for deferred payments and for our loyal FlightFund members to earn bonus miles simply by using this cutting-edge program.”

FlightFund miles may be redeemed for award travel to more than 300 destinations on five continents. FlightFund offers one of the most generous frequent flyer programs in the industry, with domestic award travel beginning at 15,000 miles year-round. FlightFund has more than 50 partners to help members earn miles for award travel including rental car companies, hotels and restaurants.

When customers choose the Bill Me Later payment option, there are no account numbers to enter. By only providing top-of-mind information such as date of birth and the last four digits of the customer’s social security number, creditworthy customers get credit for their ticket within seconds. Customers are then billed about two weeks later for their purchase. Certain credit restrictions apply to Bill Me Later. Some customers may prefer to pay their bill in full when it arrives in the mail. For more information or to book a ticket, customers must go to

About Bill Me Later

Bill Me Later, developed by I4 Commerce, is a credit-based payment solution designed to meet the needs of today’s multi-channel retailers. Bill Me Later’s unique combination of convenience, security and flexibility at the point of sale improves the overall buying experience online and via the telephone. Retailers offering Bill Me Later experience higher sales, lower transaction costs and a streamlined integration.

I4 Commerce has strategic alliances for merchant distribution with the largest payment companies in the industry, including First Data Corporation and Paymentech. Through these alliances, Bill Me Later can be offered by over 70 percent of merchants leveraging the same-scaled infrastructure that manages credit card transactions. For more information, visit

About America West

America West Airlines is the nation’s second largest low-cost airline and offers a range of services such as first class, assigned seating, airport clubs and an award-winning frequent flyer program. America West’s 13,000 employees serve 55,000 customers a day on more than 900 flights to 96 destinations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica. This press release and additional information on America West can be accessed at

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