PRIME HOSPITALITY CORP.
(NYSE: PDQ) announced today that its two hotel brands—AmeriSuites and
Wellesley Inns & Suites—have partnered with America West Airlines
FlightFund to award airline miles for all hotel stays through its Prime
Rewards frequent guest loyalty program. Members earn one mile for every
dollar spent on qualifying stays.
America West Airlines, the nation`s largest low fare hub and spoke
carrier, is the fourth national airline to join the Prime Rewards program with
its low fares and business friendly ticketing policies. America West is
quickly becoming the airline of choice for travelers looking for an airline
that provides the most value and the flexibility to match their needs.
To celebrate the new partnership, FlightFund members can take advantage of
an exclusive offer of DOUBLE FlightFund MILES on each qualifying stay at any
AmeriSuites or Wellesley Inns & Suites hotel through February 28, 2003.
Membership in Prime Rewards is required and the Prime Rewards member number
must be specified on any reservation to earn Prime Rewards points and America
West Airline FlightFund miles during a stay.
“The addition of America West Airlines greatly enhances the Prime Rewards
program,” stated Edward Wojtkowski, Prime Rewards Manager. “America West`s
flight destinations well-complement our hotel locations, and Prime Rewards
will offer FlightFund members additional opportunities to earn airlines miles
plus points towards stays at AmeriSuites and Wellesley Inns & Suites hotels.”
“We are always looking for ways to make FlightFund more valuable for our
members and Prime Hospitality gives them more than 200 new hotels where they
can earn miles,” said Ken Feldman, vice president, marketing for America West.
“With more than 50 partners offering members the ability to earn miles and
domestic award travel beginning at just 20,000 miles, it doesn`t take our
members long to earn free flights.”
Launched in September 2001, Prime Rewards has grown to over
250,000 members. Consisting of three member tiers classified by points
accumulated during a calendar year, the greater the number of stays, the
greater the point value per dollar spent.
State-of-the-art technology has made Prime Rewards a popular frequent
guest program. Members can access their point status online instantly. In
addition, since vouchers are not used, hotels can accept room redemptions via
reservations or walk-ins at any time (assuming availability) while technology
safety checks and balances ensure accuracy. Central reservation agents can
also access member guest preferences using the member`s identification number,
while technological functionality also allows the system to interface with
All members also receive free local calls, express reservations and other
hotel-level benefits as well as a newsletter and special promotional offers.
Guests can enroll in Prime Rewards at any of the more than 200 AmeriSuites or
Wellesley hotels nationwide and online at: http://www.amerisuites.com or
Prime Hospitality Corp., one of the nation`s premiere lodging companies,
owns, manages, develops and franchises 240 hotels throughout the United
States. The Company owns and operates two proprietary brands, AmeriSuites(R)
(all-suites) and Wellesley Inns & Suites(R) (limited-service). Also within
Prime`s portfolio are owned and/or managed hotels operated under franchise
agreements with national hotel chains including Hilton, Radisson, Sheraton,
Holiday Inn and Ramada. Prime can be accessed over the internet at
http://www.primehospitality.com and its brands can be accessed at
http://www.amerisuites.com and http://www.wellesleyonline.com .
America West Airlines is the nation`s largest low-fare, hub-and-spoke
airline. Founded in 1983, it is the only carrier formed since deregulation to
achieve major airline status. Today, America West is the nation`s eighth-
largest carrier and serves 93 destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
America West is a wholly owned subsidiary of America West Holdings
Corporation, an aviation and travel services company with 2001 sales of $2.1
FlightFund offers one of the most generous frequent flyer programs in the
industry with domestic award travel beginning at 20,000 miles year-round and a
3,000-mile online bonus for each roundtrip ticket purchased at americawest.com
and flown by Dec. 31, 2002. FlightFund has more than 50 partners to help
members earn miles in a variety of ways including through car rentals, hotel
stays and dining at participating restaurants. Members can use their frequent
flyer miles for travel to more than 300 destinations on five continents. To
find out more customers can go to http://www.FlightFund.com , the frequent
flyer section of http://www.americawest.com , or contact the FlightFund
Service Center at 1-800-247-5691.