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VEGAS.com Signs Deal with America West and Renews Pact with America West Vacations

Las Vegas, Nevada -- August 8, 2002. The official Vegas travel website, VEGAS.com, announced today a new, multi-year deal with America West Airlines (NYSE: AWA) that allows consumers to book their airline reservations directly on the site. VEGAS.com is the only Las Vegas travel Web site with direct access to America West flights.

VEGAS.com customers will be able to book America West's wide range of flight options to Vegas from 80 U.S. cities, along with everything to plan a perfect visit to the most entertaining city in the world. America West is one of the largest airlines serving Las Vegas.

Additionally, America West Vacations has renewed its agreement with VEGAS.com to sell vacation packages on the site, including air transportation and hotel accommodations to the city's most popular hotels and attractions. With more than 30 hotel partners in Las Vegas, America West Vacations is one of the largest tour packagers to Las Vegas.

As part of both deals, America West will provide VEGAS.com with full technical support, competitive pricing and airfare "specials." Both companies will participate in promotional activities including advertising, marketing and online contests.

"America West has been great for VEGAS.com and provides a significant competitive edge," remarked Howard Lefkowitz, President of VEGAS.com. "We're thrilled to be the only site in town to offer customers the terrific rates, service and easy bookings that these agreements allow."

"The substantial sales results we've experienced with VEGAS.com influenced our decision to renew and build on our previous agreement," said Jack Richards, President and Chief Operating Officer of America West Vacations. "We look forward to continuing a relationship that has proven beneficial for both companies."

In 2001, over 35 million visitors descended upon Sin City, with 48 percent arriving by air. Twenty-five percent of Vegas visitors planned their trips online, and VEGAS.com ranks in the top 1% of all websites based on unique visitor count (PCData Online).

About www.VEGAS.com
VEGAS.com is the most comprehensive website for the most entertaining city in the world: Vegas. Ranked as the world's No. 1 city travel site by comScore Media Metrix, and one of the world's top 50 travel sites by Alexa, VEGAS.com features nearly all of the city's hotels, shows, restaurants, tours and golf courses in one place. Book online at www.vegas.com or espanol.vegas.com, call 1-800-851-1703 or 1-888-719-4040 in Spanish, or visit one of more than a dozen retail locations at major hotels including the MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Paris, Bally's, the Palms and the Stardust. VEGAS.com is the key to finding, planning and reserving at spas, restaurants, entertainment and strip clubs, casinos, attractions nightclubs and events and provides up-to-date and extensive information that enables visitors to effectively plan their entire trip. Located in Henderson, Nevada, VEGAS.com was launched in 1998 and is owned by the Greenspun Family, who has significant interests in the media, communication, real estate and gaming industries. In addition, the family is partners with Cox Communications of Las Vegas and Landmark Communications in a 24-hour local, all-news cable channel.

 

About America West Airlines
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 88 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 billion.

About America West Vacations
America West Vacations is a brand of The Leisure Company. The Leisure Company creates and sells vacation packages to 500,000 customers annually. Vacations are available to Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada and Mexico. America West Vacations Cruise Vacations offers the world's premier cruise lines and most popular destinations at www.americawestvacations.com. America West Vacations Spa Vacations include spa treatments at select resorts in Arizona, California and Mexico. Vacation packages may consist of air transportation on America West Airlines or America West Express, which is operated by Mesa Air Group and Chautauqua Airlines, hotel accommodations, ground transportation and other amenities.

The Leisure Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of America West Holdings Corporation, an aviation and travel services company with 2001 sales of $2.1 billion.

Contact: Pamela Johnston
973-259-0480
pamela@pjinc.net


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