I am confused as to how to ensure my baggage is checked through while in international transit, but with two bookings.
My office booked me a return flight from South Africa (where I am) to Beijing. However, I am traveling immediately to Philippines (prior to the event) in the interim on a flight I booked privately. My initial arrival in Beijing and departure to Manila is on the 19th (and in the same terminal), but single-entry visa for China is only for the 30th.
How do I ensure my bags go through? Must I go through immigration without a visa to collect my bags? Tell the airline before I leave to transfer? Is there a way to collect bags in transit?