America West Announces Starwood Hotels And Resorts Joins FlightFund

America West Airlines` frequent flyers
can now earn FlightFund miles at participating Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
Starwood properties include Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, St. Regis/Luxury
Collection(R), W Hotels(SM), Caesars World and Four Points(R) Hotels by
Sheraton in addition to Westin Hotels and Resorts, a longtime FlightFund
partner which has become part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts.  For each
qualifying stay at the St. Regis/Luxury Collection properties, FlightFund
members receive 750 FlightFund miles.  FlightFund members will receive
500 FlightFund miles for qualifying stays at all other Starwood properties.
 
As a special offer, FlightFund members who stay at participating Starwood
properties five times between now and May 31, 1999, earn 10,000 FlightFund
bonus miles.  To be eligible to earn the 10,000-mile bonus, members must sign
up for Starwood`s frequent guest program, Starwood Preferred Guest, and must
register by calling 1-888-625-4955 and mentioning code KE.  A maximum of one
10,000-mile FlightFund bonus per member is allowed and is subject to the terms
and conditions of the Starwood Preferred Guest Program.  Starwood Preferred
Guest members earn two Starpoints per eligible U.S. dollar spent.
 
Starwood Preferred Guest, launched in February 1999, replaces Westin
Premier and Sheraton Club International.  Designed to set a new benchmark in
the hotel industry, Starwood Preferred Guest features no blackout dates, no
expiration of points, the fastest way to a free night and the easiest way to a
free flight.
 
“Starwood Hotels and Resorts have a great reputation in the industry,”
said Mike Smith, America West senior vice president, marketing and sales.
“We`re excited that our FlightFund members can now earn valuable miles at any
of their premier brand properties.”
 
“Starwood Hotels and Resorts have a great reputation in the industry,”
said Mike Smith, America West senior vice president, marketing and sales.
“We`re excited that our FlightFund members can now earn valuable miles at any
of their premier brand properties.”
 
“America West is a great addition to Starwood`s portfolio of airline
partners,” said Hoyt Harper, vice president of marketing programs for
Starwood.  “We look forward to welcoming FlightFund members to our many hotels
around the world, and also into Starwood Preferred Guest, the hotel industry`s
most rewarding frequent guest program.”

To receive America West FlightFund miles at qualifying Starwood
properties, FlightFund members simply present their membership card at check
in.  FlightFund, America West`s frequent flyer program, offers travelers a
unique and flexible program featuring First Class upgrades and worldwide award
travel.  Customers who are not currently FlightFund members can contact the
FlightFund Service Center at 1-800-247-5691 to enroll or sign up on the
Internet at http://www.americawest.com.
 
Starwood Hotel & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), through its
Sheraton, Westin, St. Regis/Luxury Collection, Four Points, W and Caesars
subsidiaries, has approximately 690 hotels in 71 countries with some 230,000
rooms and 125,000 employees, and is one of the largest hotel and gaming
companies in the world.
 
America West Airlines, the nation`s ninth largest carrier, serves more
than 90 destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.  For the second
consecutive year, America West ranked the number one carrier in customer
satisfaction for short flights in the Frequent Flyer magazine/J.D. Power and
Associates Airline Customer Satisfaction Study—U.S. Flights.  America West
also ranked number one in baggage handling two years in a row as recorded in
the Air Travel Consumer Report published by the U.S. Department of
Transportation.
 
America West Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of America West
Holdings Corporation (NYSE: AWA), an aviation and travel services company with
1998 sales of $2.0 billion.

This press release, as well as releases issued in the past year by America
West Holdings and its affiliates, can be accessed on the America West Internet
site at http://www.americawest.com.

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