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US Airways Tightens Fare Policies

August 27, 2002

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) _ US Airways said Tuesday it will tighten rules and enforce fees on its lowest fares in a move to cut costs.

The company, operating under bankruptcy court supervision while it tries to reorganize, said it will honor nonrefundable tickets only on the flights for which they were purchased. Those tickets ``will have no value once the flight has departed,″ the company said in a prepared statement.

Changes may be made to the passenger’s itinerary before the flight is scheduled to depart, but restrictions and fees may apply, the company said.

B. Ben Baldanza, senior vice president of marketing, said the change ``makes purchasing airline tickets like many other products ... such as Broadway shows and sporting events. If you miss the event, your ticket isn’t good for the next day.″

Other changes announced by US Airways Tuesday:

_ Passengers with nonrefundable tickets will not be allowed to go on standby status for alternate flights.

_Existing fare rules and restrictions, including rules concerning fees, will be strictly enforced.

_Customers who qualify for an electronic ticket but request a paper ticket will be charged a $25 fee.

_ Alcoholic beverages no longer will be free for economy passengers on transatlantic flights.

_ The airline will cut back its use of ``certain distribution channels,″ including online sites that ``do not specify the airline prior to the travel purchase.″

_ Tickets sold by tour operators and consolidators will be nonrefundable.

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