When you fly through Cairo and your flight leaves the day after you arrive, EgyptAir generously puts you in a hotel. Some forums suggest that those staying 24 hours or more may tour the pyramids, but I cannot confirm this.
Helping your luggage to arrive at its destination
When I checked in my suitcase at the beginning of my flight, the woman at the check-in counter suggested that I should check my bag in all the way to Cairo and pick it up there. With what happened later, I believe that it would have been less risky for me to check it in all the way to my destination and have it ready to go on board the plane the next day. I could have had a lock on my luggage, and I believe that the baggage team in the Cairo airport is honest enough to leave my bag alone until it got on the flight the next day. You may trust them less, and if you do, be sure to keep your baggage claim ticket in a place where you can find it quickly.
When you get off your airplane and into the hallway, follow the baggage claim signs. As you do, you will pass a desk with the sign “Transit” on it.
If you have luggage to pick up, walk past this sign and take the escalator downstairs to claim your luggage. But don’t follow the crowd out into the arrival area via the customs check. Instead, take the elevator and go back upstairs to the transit desk. Otherwise, your luggage may be left behind in Egypt, and take 2-10 days to catch up with you at your destination.
What to do if your baggage is missing in Cairo
If your luggage is missing, quickly bring your baggage claim ticket to the baggage claim office marked Star Alliance. The sooner you can get there before the other customers, the quicker you will be served. If you are behind a large crowd in the Cairo Airport, go to the middle of it and push forward. If you stand on the side to push forward, you are more likely to be the last person assisted.
As I had the opportunity to fly across America over the past few years, money was tight. I had to think carefully about which flight upgrades were worth the extra money, and which ones did not add value to the trip I was taking.
I could not afford to waste money. At the same time, I could not afford to experience the trouble that comes from refusing to buy certain flight upgrades.
When I flew with Allegiant Airlines or Delta, they offered premium seats on their flights. I chose to take this upgrade on my way out. For my trip home, I chose to take an emergency exit seat next to the window.
The Premium seating upgrade was okay. There is a bit more leg room in the premium seats, but not enough for me to justify the added cost for taking this upgrade in the future. Premium seats are only good for the extra in-flight entertainment they provide.
Happy New Year! I pray that 2016 will be the year where you will be empowered to serve others well in the place of your calling.
For about three months now, I have worked to improve the appearance and content of our website. I have put a lot of hours into this, hoping for an increased opportunity to make an eternal difference in the world of my calling, and among those who help us to be there through their prayers and monthly support.
However, our impact is still small compared to what it could be. Apparently, the way websites and search engines work today is very different from when we first set up tchad.org a dozen years ago. SEO, HTML, CSS… so much to learn! I am excited with the progress we are making without the help of a web developer. However, it is increasingly clear to me that I am missing something. It is probably something pretty obvious, but I just can’t see it.