US Airways Offers Free Space Flight in Sweepstakes


US Airways -- the world's first airline to offer space flight as part of a frequent flyer award program -- is now offering Dividend Miles members the chance to win a free sub-orbital space trip in a Sweepstakes. Additional prizes include other space-themed tours.

Under its marketing relationship with Space Adventures Ltd., US Airways will provide the Sweepstakes grand prize winner with a trip to an altitude of 62 miles or higher in a privately developed sub-orbital spacecraft, where he or she will experience weightlessness, see the Earth from space -- and earn ``astronaut wings.'' Sub-orbital flights are expected to begin in 2004-2005.

The Sweepstakes will launch on May 1, 2002. To enter, Dividend Miles members first must register online at http://www.usairways.com/dm/spaceadventures .

Once registered, members will earn one Sweepstakes entry for each roundtrip flight on a qualifying business fare ticket with US Airways within North America (including the Caribbean), and two entries for each roundtrip qualifying business fare ticket between the U.S. and Europe. Travel must be completed by Sept. 30, 2002. Qualifying business fares include purchased First Class, Envoy Class and full fare Coach Class tickets.

Additional prizes in the Sweepstakes features other elements of US Airways' and Space Adventures' program:

  • First prize is a trip to the Edge of Space, flying in a MiG-25 high- performance jet at more than twice the speed of sound (Mach 2.5) and at altitudes of 80,000 feet or higher where the winner will view the blackness of space and curvature of the Earth.
  • Second prize is a Zero-Gravity flight for two people who will float weightlessly just like the astronauts training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Russia.
  • Third prize is a Space Shuttle launch tour, also for two people, to experience the thrill of a live countdown and launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, accompanied by an astronaut as host.

    All of the space travel packages are also available for mileage accrual and redemption for Dividend Miles members under an exclusive marketing agreement between US Airways and Space Adventures Ltd., announced last month.

    ``This is a unique opportunity for our Dividend Miles members literally to win an out-of-this-world experience,'' said B. Ben Baldanza, US Airways senior vice president of marketing and planning. ``Our Sweepstakes offers prestigious and high-value prizes, with the sub-orbital flight alone worth nearly $100,000.''

    All winners will be selected in a random drawing conducted on or about Oct. 14, 2002. Only Dividend Miles members over 18 who are residents in the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec) are eligible to enter. No purchase is necessary to enter or qualify for the Sweepstakes. Void where prohibited.

    Entries will be registered automatically when Dividend Miles members travel after they have registered for the Sweepstakes. Or entries may be made by mail by printing name, address, phone number, e-mail address (if applicable), and the respective Dividend Miles account number on a 3``x 5'' card, placing it in an envelope and mailing to: US Airways Space Adventures Sweepstakes, PO Box 4119, Grand Rapids, MN 55730-4119. Entries must be postmarked by 9/30/02, and received by 10/07/02. Dividend Miles members may submit as many entries as they wish, but each entry must be mailed separately. One grand prize, a flight for one person to sub-orbital space, includes roundtrip coach air transportation for two from a major airport serviced by US Airways, the US Airways Express carriers or US Airways Shuttle, nearest winner's home to the point of departure of the sub-orbital space flight, six nights accommodations and meals allowance. Approximate retail value of the grand prize is $99,000. One first prize, a MiG-25 flight for one person to the ``edge of space'', includes roundtrip coach air transportation for two from a major airport serviced by US Airways nearest winner's home to Moscow, Russia, two nights standard hotel accommodations (double occupancy) and a meal allowance. Approximate retail value of the first prize is $14,595.

    One second prize, a zero gravity experience for two, includes roundtrip coach air transportation for two from a major airport serviced by US Airways nearest winner's home to Moscow, Russia, two nights standard hotel accommodations (double occupancy) and a meal allowance. Approximate retail value of the second prize is $12,800.

    One third prize, a shuttle launch tour at Kennedy Space Center Tour for two, includes roundtrip coach air transportation for two from a major airport serviced by US Airways nearest winner's home to Orlando, Florida, 3 nights standard hotel accommodations (double occupancy) and a meal allowance. Approximate retail value of the third prize is $4,300. The promotion is subject to official rules. To obtain official rules, visit usairways.com or, send a self addressed, stamped envelope to:

    US Airways Space Adventures Sweepstakes Official Rules, PO Box 607, Sayreville, NJ 08871-0607. To obtain a winners' list, send a self addressed, stamped envelope to: US Airways Space Adventures Sweepstakes Winners List, PO Box 704, Sayreville, NJ 08871-0704. Canadian residents may omit return postage. The odds of winning depend upon number of eligible entries received during the promotion period.

    US Airways, the US Airways Express carriers and US Airways Shuttle provide service to 205 destinations worldwide, including 38 states in the U.S., Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Cancun, Cozumel, Freeport, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay, Nassau, San Juan, Santo Domingo, St. Lucia, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and St. Croix. US Airways Express also serves North Eleuthera, Governors Harbour, Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay from Florida. In Canada, US Airways serves Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa.

    US Airways' European destinations are Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Manchester, Munich, Paris and Rome.

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