US Airways has introduced special discount fares for military personnel returning to the U.S. from the Middle East under the Rest and Relaxation (R&R) program.
These discount fares are available to soldiers on R&R for travel through Sept. 15, 2004, on roundtrip flights originating from Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) - the entry point for soldiers returning from the Middle East on R&R - to destinations throughout the U.S. Ticket prices are based upon regions within the US Airways network. R&R fares do not require an advance purchase or minimum stay, and are fully refundable. Military I.D. must be presented at the time the ticket is purchased.
“We are honored to support our troops by making trips to see friends and loved ones during R&R easy and affordable,” said Andrew P. Nocella, US Airways vice president of pricing and revenue management. “Along with the Salute Savings program, we are pleased to play a role in reuniting our service men and women with their families.”
Fares are based on required roundtrip Coach Class travel. Depending upon travel needs, alternative routings may be available at the same fares, with part of the service on regional aircraft operated by US Airways Express carriers Allegheny, Air Midwest, Chautauqua, Colgan, Mesa, Midway, Piedmont, PSA, Shuttle America or Trans States.
Tickets can be purchased from US Airways Reservations, US Airways airport and city ticket offices, and from travel professionals. Tickets are non-transferable. Passenger must be active U.S. Military personnel on leave and must present military identification at the time of purchase. Seats are limited and fares may not be available on all flights or in all markets.
Ticketing must be completed within 24 hours of making the initial reservation. For travel to and from San Juan, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, an International Air Transportation tax of up to $30 roundtrip applies.
These sale fares do not include up to $18 airport passenger facility charges where applicable and do not include the September 11 Security Fee of up to $10 per itinerary. Fares do not include a federal excise tax of $3, which will be added on each flight segment of each itinerary. A flight segment is defined as a takeoff and a landing.
Under the Salute Savings program introduced in April, active and reserve military and their immediate families can purchase special fares for travel completed by Feb. 12, 2004, throughout the US Airways system, including Europe, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. For more information on these fares, military personnel or their military I.D.-carrying family members should contact US Airways Reservations or their commercial travel office.
US Airways is the nation’s seventh-largest airline, serving nearly 200 communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. Most of its route network is concentrated in the eastern U.S., where it is the largest air carrier east of the Mississippi. US Airways, US Airways Shuttle and the US Airways Express partner carriers operate over 3,300 flights per day. For more information on US Airways flight schedules and fares, contact US Airways online at usairways.com.
Reporters needing additional information should contact US Airways Corporate Communications at (703) 872-5100.