America West Vacations Launches New Packages

PRNewswire PHOENIX Oct. 22 :

More than one million tourists visit the Central American country of Costa
Rica each year to experience beaches, volcanoes, rainforests and close-up
encounters with monkeys, sea turtles, and exotic birds of all kinds.
America West Vacations announced today that it is adding this exciting
destination to its extensive offering of vacation packages. The new
packages will be launched Dec. 1, 2003 when America West Airlines adds
daily nonstop service between Phoenix/PHX and San Jose, Costa Rica/SJO.

America West offers the only daily nonstop flight to Costa Rica from any
city in the western United States. With this new service, travelers from
Phoenix and 44 other connecting cities throughout the West can now easily
get to this exotic destination known for its breathtaking beauty and take
advantage of everything it has to offer, including the warm beaches of
Guanacaste, horseback riding through Monteverde Cloud Forest to the Arenal
Volcano, surfing off the Pacific Coast, white-water rafting down the
Reventazon River, and thrilling rainforest and jungle canopy tours.

Travelers can choose from 23 hotels and resorts in Costa Rica, located
throughout all major tourist areas. The hotel selections include
everything from small family-owned lodges to large beach resorts equipped
with state-of- the-art spas and championship golf courses. America West
Vacations and its partner Swiss Tours also offer a variety of exciting
activities including tropical rainforest tours by boat, watching sea
turtles as they nest and hatch, day or nighttime viewings of the active
Arenal Volcano, horseback riding, national park excursions, and rainforest
canopy rides.
America West Vacations negotiates reduced rates with its partners to
provide customers unique deals on customized packages that can include
roundtrip air transportation, hotel accommodations and other options such
as tour passes and rental cars. Travelers can take advantage of all these
services with convenient one-stop shopping. For more information or to
make a reservation, contact your travel agent or America West Vacations at
1-866-CALL-AWV (1-866-225-5298) or visit .

Costa Rica is America West Vacations` fourth new destination this year.
America West added packages to Cancun in June, and New York and Boston
this month.