Come Sail Away With America West, Soon to Be US Airways, Cruises

Earn Frequent Flyer Miles for America West and the New US Airways While Cruising the High Seas

PHOENIX, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — America West (NYSE:AWA) announces today that FlightFund members can now earn up to 10,000 miles for booking a cruise at This enhanced cruise service is in partnership with leisure travel company NLG, and allows customers to conveniently book their cruise on 17 of the world’s most popular cruise lines. The cruise experts at NLG will help customize a package to suit anyone’s needs, all backed with a best price guarantee.

America West and US Airways frequent flyers will both benefit from the new America West Cruises relationship. Whether you’re an America West FlightFund member or a member of US Airways Dividend Miles, mileage earned with America West Cruises will be combined into a single frequent flyer account in the new US Airways Dividend Miles program by spring 2006. Just for sailing, customers can earn up to 10,000 miles based on cruise length.

* One to five nights – 1,500 miles
* Six to eight nights – 3,000 miles
* Nine to twelve nights – 5,000 miles
* 13 or more nights – 10,000 miles

For more information and to book a cruise visit or call 888-843-3839.

FlightFund miles may be redeemed for Award travel to more than 300 destinations on six continents. FlightFund has more than 50 partners to help members earn miles for Award travel including rental car companies, hotels and restaurants. FlightFund Members can visit to enroll and learn more about the America West FlightFund program.

About NLG

NLG is one of the nation’s largest online and offline leisure travel companies. The company enables consumers to plan and purchase their vacation or cruise online using industry-leading dynamic packaging technologies or offline with highly experienced travel consultants. NLG is headquartered in Woburn, Mass.

About America West

Approximately 60,000 customers upgrade their low-fare experience every day when they get on board America West. The airline’s 14,500 employees are proud to offer a range of services including more destinations than any other low- cost carrier, first-class cabins, assigned seating, airport clubs and an award-winning frequent flyer program. America West operates over 900 daily flights to more than 90 destinations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica. This press release and additional information on America West can be accessed at (AWAG)

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In connection with the proposed merger transaction, US Airways Group and America West have filed a Registration Statement on Form S-4 and other documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Registration No. 333-126162) containing a joint proxy statement/prospectus regarding the proposed transaction. WE URGE INVESTORS TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER RELATED MATERIALS CAREFULLY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Investors will be able to obtain free copies of the registration statement and proxy statement, as well as other filed documents containing information about US Airways Group and America West (when available) at, the SEC’s website. Free copies of America West’s SEC filings are also available on America West’s website at, or by request to Investor Relations, America West Holdings Corporation, 111 West Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, Arizona 85281. Free copies of US Airways Group’s SEC filings are also available on US Airways Group’s website at or by request to Investor Relations, US Airways Group, Inc., 2345 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22227.

This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there by any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.


America West, US Airways Group and their respective executive officers and directors may be deemed, under SEC rules, to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from America West’s stockholders with respect to the proposed transaction. Information regarding the officers and directors of America West is included in its definitive proxy statement for its 2005 Annual Meeting filed with the SEC on April 15, 2005. Information regarding the officers and directors of US Airways Group is included in its 2004 Annual Report filed with the SEC on Form 10-K on March 1, 2005. More detailed information regarding the identity of participants, and their interests in the solicitation, is set forth in the registration statement and proxy statement and other materials filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction.

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