If you’re looking for something different for a weekend break this Spring, British Airways Holidays is offering free helicopter transfers if you book a break in Monaco.
If you’ve never been on a helicopter, it is a very cool thing to do.
I think I’ve only been in a helicopter three times, and one of those times was to transfer from Nice Airport to Monaco. (This was a corporate jolly, I wasn’t spending my own money.) It isn’t a long flight at just 7 minutes, but skimming along the sea with the French coast off to your side makes it a very impressive one.
British Airways has teamed up with the Monaco Government Tourist & Convention Authority to offer free return helicopter transfers with a ‘flight and hotel’ booking of just three nights.
This offer is, unsurprisingly, only valid during the low season. The smart thing may be to book as near to the end (or, in Autumn, the start) of the offer as possible to guarantee the best weather.
The dates are:
Now to 31st March
1st October to 31st December (exc Christmas Day)
You need to book seven days in advance. All bookings must be made by 31st January.
There is small print re the operating hours of the helicopter which you can easily miss as it is only available during the booking process:
“to qualify for the free helicopter transfer, flights must arrive into Nice between 08:00 and 16:45, and depart from Nice between 10:00 and 16:45, flights outside of these times will not receive the free helicopter transfer”
There is also a 23kg luggage limit per person.
You also receive “entrance to museums and attractions in the principality of Monaco”. Whilst it isn’t mentioned on the main page, you also get “shared shuttle bus transfer from/to the Heliport and your chosen hotel”.
This is a really good deal in March. I found three nights at Columbus Monte Carlo plus BA economy flights plus helicopter transfers for just £532 for two people (ie £266 each) for the last weekend in March.
Remember that the usual BA Holidays benefits apply. You earn 1 bonus Avios for every £1 you spend, and if you pay on a British Airways Premium Plus American Express card you will receive double Avios (3 per £1) from Amex. If your booking is large enough, you can just pay a deposit now with the balance due seven weeks before departure.
Your flights will earn Avios and tier points, but BA Holidays bookings do not qualify for On Business points in the BA small business scheme.
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