Author Archives: Adam YWW

Asking the Peanut Gallery: To Upgrade, or Not to Upgrade

This post marks the first in what I hope to be a semi regular feature on YWW: Asking the Peanut Gallery. In these posts, instead of sharing tips, I’ll ask you for your feedback. Today’s question involves my upcoming trip to Peru.  Two friends and I are heading down on… Read more »

YWW Tips: Handling Connecting Flights and Missed Connections

My delayed flight from IAH to EWR screwed up a lot of people’s travel plans.  But there are things you can do to minimize the drama when a delay causes you to miss a connection! 1) Pay attention at booking I’m often amazed that people don’t look at connection times… Read more »

Shockingly, a *positive* change to British Airways Executive Club??

Busy week at my day (and night) job, but my report on the return leg from Houston is forthcoming.  I did want to share one piece of news I saw in my email that I haven’t seen covered in any of my standard travel blog reading. British Airways is making… Read more »

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 »