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Our Egypt Air Experience


“Is it safe?”

“Yup.”

“Can we get our visas at the airport?”

“Yes.”

“Okay. Let’s do it!”

And just like that we had booked our next adventure, leaving Africa and heading to …JORDAN!!! It was a country we knew very little about, but we were both jumping at the chance to go. We have loved West Africa, but we were feeling like it was time to try something a little different! And so, off we go….

The only unfortunate element to our flight was that we stopped over in Cairo, Egypt at 10:30PM, and didn’t take our connecting flight into Amman, Jordan until 8:30 the following morning. As unexciting as the prospect sounded, we were prepared to sleep on the floor (for free) at the Cairo Airport…we even had our yoga mats to lie on. It would be fine. Not comfortable, and we were both sure to wake up feeling much less than 100%, but it would be…fine.

After our uneventful 7-hour flight we finally landed in Cairo. Despite the fact that we were sleeping in the airport, we still needed to supply immigration with our passports, so they could process them for our transit the next morning.

We sat around for about 20 minutes, when the Egypt Air official told us that everything was good to go, and all we had to do was to pay 10EURO each for our Egyptian Visas, and then he would have us driven to our hotel.

WHAT??!!

Alarm bells went off for both of us…

My alarm bells were saying “Oh wow, this is the greatest!” Shawna, who is typically a little more skeptical about these sort of things, had her alarm bells singing a different tune.

“So what’s this about, Mr.Immigration?”

“Well, you are a client of Egypt Air, and you do not fly out til morning. We can’t have you here all night with no place to eat or sleep, can we?”

Skott’s thought:
Sweet! Let’s go!

Shawna’s thoughts:
Too good to be true. There is definitely a catch.

Well, we debated for a few minutes. Shawna even threatened to stay and sleep on the floor in the airport while I went to the hotel and was suckered into paying several hundred dollars for a room. But in the end we both went (one of us not-so-willingly) with the Egypt Air Employee…and I am happy to tell you we re glad….SO glad….that we did!

To you it may just be a hotel room....to us, it was heaven.

We were taken away in our own bus to Le Passage Cairo Hotel, a five-star hotel only a few minutes from the airport. The hotel was still decorated for the holidays, and was absolutely exquisite (even more so, when arriving from the hostel lifestyle in west Africa). We slept in the softest, most comfortable bed we have had in ages. And, for the first time since early November….HOT SHOWERS!

And finally, we woke up early in the morning and were treated to an outstanding buffet, of all things that were much harder to come by when travelling in West Africa: cheeses, yogurts, tons of fresh fruit, safe meat to eat…. hell, they even had Froot Loops.

Thirty minutes later we left the hotel and were transported back to the airport, on our way to Jordan, without paying a dime.

Thank you Egypt Air!!! We will fly with you anytime!

Do you have any outstanding stories about your favourite airline? Let us know in the comments below.

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13 Responses to “Our Egypt Air Experience”

  1. Alouise January 8, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    I think I’d be pretty skeptical too. Good thing you took a chance and got this experience.
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    • Skott January 8, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

      Truth be told half the time we are in situations like this, we end up getting stung because I am too trusting….but I gotta say it was nice to be right…even if it was just once:)

  2. Dale January 8, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    African airlines beat anything north america has to offer. Egyptair was nice and comfortable. Never got a free hotel though, nice one. A rare gem not to get heisted for something in africa too. :-)
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  3. Erica January 10, 2012 at 1:13 am #

    Wow – you guys seriously rocked it! Looks like an amazing experience. Glad to hear there is still some faith in the airline industry.
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    • Skott January 12, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

      Not a LOT of faith, but yes indeed..Egypt Air definitely has our vote for “airline of the year!!”

  4. Amy January 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    Wow you got a free hotel room and transport? How awesome. When we flew through Abu Dhabi, no one gave us any freebies! I’m too old/cantankerous/prissy to sleep on an airport floor, so we ended up having to pay for one of the most expensive hotels on our trip. It did feel like luxury though – which I’m sure is even better when it is free luxury. Enjoy Jordan!

    • Skott January 14, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

      I think they must have felt sorry for us both, trudging into the airport with tired eyes and our yoga mats….always play the sympathy card, eh? On principle, paying for an airport hotel room seems so wrong, but sometimes it is just necessary…

  5. Carol Lacroix January 14, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    Your granny gave us this website to follow. It is better than any adventure book I have read. Herb’s sister and her husband did a two year stint in Accra Ghana and a two year stint in Addis Abba in Ethiopia. And while there did a lot of traveling around Africa. But we didn’t have emails back then so didn’t get to experience the country like we are with you two. Have a great time and keep up the wonderful commentary.

    • Shawna January 17, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

      Hi Carol! I’m so glad to hear that you are enjoying the blog and following along with our adventures. It’s amazing how technology has made it so much easier to keep in touch all over the world these days! I bet that Herb’s sister would be amazed to hear that we actually called our families for Christmas by cell phone and it was around 3 cents a minute! We always love hearing from folks back home so thanks so much for your comment! Stay warm!!!

  6. Eric Warren January 15, 2012 at 1:31 am #

    Glad to hear you had a great experience. I stayed in the Cairo airport from 8pm to 2am to catch a KLM flight to Amsterdam. Not the best airport to wait in let alone sleep! Brian and I enjoyed the Dead Sea from the opposite side…it had retreated a couple of miles from where it was when I was there in 1980. Didn’t want a picture with your newspaper, magazine or ipad while you floated…eh? Happy new year.

    • Shawna January 17, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

      Hi Eric! Sounds like we did indeed have a better Cairo Airport experience than yours…I find an airport is never really a great place for a good nights sleep. We are in Israel right now and though we won’t see the shores of the Dead Sea on this side I believe we are visiting many of the sites you and Brian did…I think you were in Jerusalem? I hope the Toronto weather is better than Saskatchewan’s right now! Cheers & thanks for checking out the blog!

  7. Suzanne Grey January 31, 2012 at 4:39 am #

    I think when someone visits Cairo, everyone will remember how the pyramids were built during the ancient times.
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    • Skott January 31, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

      I think you are right Suzanne.

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