Author Archives: Adam YWW

Trip Report: Phoenix to Houston

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Continental 1648;  Dep. PHX: 10:11 a.m, Arr. IAH: 2:43 p.m.; Coach, 1,009 miles After a nice 24 hours in Phoenix, and a great free breakfast at the hotel, it was back to Sky Harbor International. Despite a very sloooooow security line (Yes, the announcements to remove everything from your pockets… Read more »

24 Hours in Phoenix . . . Ok, actually 25.

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I headed straight from the airport to Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter residence, studio, and school.  The drive up to Scottsdale was a good orientation to the sprawl of the Phoenix metro area, and then to Scottsdale itself–  which struck me as a slightly less Jewish and hillier version… Read more »

Trip Report: Newark to Phoenix

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Continental 1576;  Dep. EWR: 7:00 a.m, Arr. PHX: 8:51 a.m.; Coach, 2,126 miles My trip to Phoenix this weekend started out a little harried.  For some reason, I thought 4:35 a.m. was an early enough wake-up time to get on a 5:00 a.m. bus to Newark from the Port Authority…. Read more »

The New United Gets the Last Laugh . . . When Elite Status is Worth Less Than $95

I really wanted to attain elite status on Continental/United this year.  I had had United status for a year, and really enjoyed the free Economy Plus and found upgrade availability to actually be fine at the lowest tier.   And without trying very hard, it looked like I would make it: … Read more »

Social Media, LGBT Equality, and the Fishy Passenger Complaint

People love whining about airlines.  Particularly on Twitter, Youtube, and Facebook.  In the past year,  Delta has been accused of being anti-semitic and anti-military .    Schedule changes, charging for food and baggage, and weather delays are often the targets of the masses complaints.    One blogger, Chris Elliott, has a feature… Read more »

YWW Tips: A Schedule Change and Four Lessons for Flyers

I had an experience last night dealing with Delta that demonstrates four basic lessons for flyers, that many ignore on a regular basis. A few weeks ago, I bought a ticket to go to Warsaw and Amsterdam for Martin Luther King Day Weekend in January.   Delta was having some crazy… Read more »

My $1283 hotel room for $75: When Credit Card Bonuses are Worth It

One of the main ways to earn miles and points cheaply is through credit card sign-up bonuses. For me, this is a method I’m not 100% comfortable with. I do not generally “churn” – a practice by which people engage in a pattern of signing up for cards and cancelling… Read more »

How and Why I Travel

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I’ve always loved traveling. But I’m not someone who grew up a globetrotter. To the contrary, my travel experience was fairly limited until I reached college. Growing up in a middle class family in New York City and its suburbs, my travel was pretty much limited to road trips throughout… Read more »

Welcome!

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Welcome to You Went Where? A blog devoted to my largely random adventures in the pursuit of enjoying the world in a high-end way on a backpacker’s (or a civil rights lawyer’s) budget.  In this blog, I’ll aim to do three things: (1) Document my travels and travel-related exploits:  This… Read more »