WILMINGTON, Del., Jan. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- US Airways (NYSE: LCC) and Barclays (NYSE: BCS) today launched a new co-branded US Airways Dividend Miles World MasterCard offering unparalleled rewards. The card, issued by Barclays, gives new cardmembers an opportunity to earn a roundtrip ticket on US Airways immediately by awarding 15,000 bonus miles upon activation and up to 10,000 bonus miles for balance transfers. In addition, cardmembers have the chance to purchase fifty cent tickets to some of US Airways' more than 200 destinations throughout the month of February. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060103/NYTU083 ) The US Airways Dividend Miles World MasterCard, one of the most generous rewards cards in the U.S., also features a 0% interest rate for the first six months on balance transfers and no annual fee for the first two years. Additionally cardholders earn 50% more miles during their first year using the card -- three miles for every dollar spent on US Airways purchases and 1.5 miles for all other purchases. Today's new card launch coincides with promotions across the country designed to give away over 150 additional free trips during the month of January. Customers can sign up at the US Airways website at http://www.usairways.com or by visiting http://www.lotsmoremiles.com. All cardmembers get 15,000 bonus miles upon activation of their new card. A trip on US Airways can be earned immediately with balance transfers worth up to an additional 10,000 miles. Barclays will also be giving new US Airways Dividend Miles World MasterCard cardmembers the chance to purchase fifty cent tickets throughout the month of February. Fifty cent flights will be available on a limited first come-first serve basis and only to US Airways World MasterCard cardmembers. Consumers must sign up for the US Airways Dividend Miles World MasterCard during the month of January to qualify, and can visit http://www.50centflights.com for destinations and detailed instructions. US Airways will continue to support its current portfolio of US Airways credit cards, making US Airways the only airline to offer consumers a choice between two great credit card partners. However, customers who previously used America West credit cards no longer earn FlightFund miles with those cards. To continue earning FlightFund miles, America West customers must apply for the US Airways World MasterCard. America West customers may also earn Dividend Miles by applying for any of the other US Airways credit cards. In Spring 2006, FlightFund and Dividend Miles will be combined into one program and miles earned in either program will be combined into a single US Airways Dividend Miles account. Barclays has more than 40 existing card partnerships with U.S. travel, entertainment, consumer, automotive and educational institutions, including Best Western, Carnival, Harvard Alumni Association, TiVo, Gulf Oil, Mazda, UBS and many more. About US Airways US Airways and America West's recent merger creates the fifth largest domestic airline employing nearly 35,000 aviation professionals. US Airways, US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express operate approximately 4,000 flights per day and serve more than 225 communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. This press release and additional information on US Airways can be found at http://www.usairways.com or http://www.americawest.com. US Airways is a member of the Star Alliance(R) network, which was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer customers global reach and a smooth travel experience. The Star Alliance network has been voted Best Airline Alliance by Skytrax in 2003 and 2005. The other members are Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, bmi, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Spanair, TAP Portugal, THAI, United, and VARIG Brazilian Airlines. South African Airways and SWISS will be integrated during the first half of 2006. Overall, the member carriers offer more than 15,000 daily flights to 790 destinations in 138 countries. (LCCG) About Barclays Barclays PLC is one of the world's largest global financial services providers primarily offering banking, investment banking and investment management services. Present in over 60 countries, Barclays is a leading provider of global services to over 20 million customers and employs more than 110,500 people worldwide. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays PLC has six major divisions: * Barclaycard is one of the largest global credit card companies with 14.9 million credit card customers around the world. * Barclays' UK Banking delivers banking products and services to more than 14 million personal customers and 762,000 businesses in the UK. * Barclays Capital is a leading global investment bank which provides large corporate, institutional and government clients with solutions to their financing and risk management needs. * Barclays Global Investors, a leading provider of investment management products and services is one of the world's largest asset managers. * Barclays Wealth Management has over #74 billion of customer funds under management. * International Retail and Commercial Banking - Barclays provides a range of banking services, including current accounts, savings, investments, mortgages and loans, as well as services to corporate customers across Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Africa and the Middle East. Barclays operates over 800 international branches under its own name. It is also responsible for Barclays stake in FirstCaribbean International Bank and Barclays majority stake in Absa, South Africa's largest retail bank, with over seven million customers.