US Airways World MasterCard Launches With Faster Free Trips, Fifty Cent Fares, Fifty Percent More Miles and No Annual Fee

US Airways and Barclays Kick off the New Year with

the Most Rewarding Card for Consumers

America West Airlines Credit Cardholders Need to Reapply

Jan 03, 2006, 00:00 ET from Barclays

    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.
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     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
     Customers can sign up at the US Airways website at or by visiting 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 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 or
     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
     *  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.

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