Where Would America Travel for Fifty Cents?
- Thousands Vote Online to Select Destinations for the US Airways
Dividend World Mastercard 50 Cent Airfare Promotion
- First Week's Destinations Announced: 50 Cent Fares to Rome, Miami, Las
Vegas, Hawaii and Los Angeles
WILMINGTON, Del., Jan. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- US Airways (NYSE: LCC) and Barclays (NYSE: BCS) kicked off a first-of-its-kind program that has Americans voting online for their favorite travel destinations then offering them a chance to purchase 50 cent flights to the most popular destinations. Since launching the program on January 3, 2006, thousands of Americans have cast their votes at www.50centflights.com. Most surprisingly, Americans professed their crush on Italy by voting Rome as the top destination. On Wednesday, February 1, whether it's anticipation for the Olympics or the need for a food fix, anyone who has already signed up for a US Airways Dividend World MasterCard from Barclays will be eligible to earn a 50 cent flight on US Airways. February 1 is only the beginning. Cardholders who are Miami sun worshippers, Vegas card sharks, Hawaiian surfers or Los Angeles wannabees also have the chance to purchase 50 cent fares during the first five business days of February. Additional destinations will be announced for each business day throughout the entire month of February and will be available on a first come-first serve basis. While Rome is winning by a landslide over number two destination Las Vegas, the locations least voted are just as interesting: Salina, Kansas; Ontario, California; and Salisbury, Maryland all have received only one vote to date. The top five US destinations rank as follows: 1. Las Vegas, Nevada 2. Orlando, Florida 3. Los Angeles, California 4. Honolulu, Hawaii 5. Phoenix, Arizona The top five International destinations rank as follows: 1. Rome, Italy 2. Paris, France 3. Venice, Italy 4. London, England 5. Dublin, Ireland To cast their votes and sign up for the card, consumers can visit www.50centflights.com. In addition to this unique promotion, the US Airways Dividend World MasterCard is offering benefits not found in comparable frequent flier card offerings. The card, issued by Barclays, gives new card members 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. The US Airways Dividend Miles World MasterCard 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. 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 www.usairways.com or 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.
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