Yeah - we could have driven in the time it actually took us to get there. But the main lesson learned was to never fly America West again.... When the 3rd plane we were shuttled to wouldn't fly, they had to bring a plane down from Denver to replace it.... they didn't have anything in Phoenix ! ! And, when we finally did choose America West to fly again - 10 years later, due only to expediency, we were waiting for our plane to show up at the gate; noticed a plane pull up to the next gate, watched the flight crew board, and when we still didn't have a plane at our gate 20 minutes after departure time, we checked with the gate staff who said - OH - you folks must be boarding the plane that's waiting.. One wonders that the flight crew didn't question why they had no passengers?