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If you’re looking for something different from a weekend break, British Airways Holidays is offering free helicopter transfers if you book a trip to Monaco.

If you’ve never been in a helicopter, it is a 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 a free one-way helicopter transfer with a ‘flight and hotel’ booking. The full details are here.

British Airways free Monaco helicopter transfer

This offer has run in the past but is slightly different this year:

  • GOOD NEWS: the minimum stay is now reduced to two nights on some dates
  • GOOD NEWS: the offer now runs throughout the Summer as well as low season
  • BAD NEWS: the offer is no longer valid for solo travellers
  • BAD NEWS: the transfer is now just one-way on arrival, not return

Here is the small print:

  • you must be a UK resident
  • you must book a flight + hotel package for at least two nights (between 1st February and 30th April) or three nights (1st May to 30th September, which is the last date to travel)
  • you must book for 2-8 passengers – not available for solo travellers
  • you must book by 1st February
  • you must book seven days before departure
  • the period 16th to 30th May is excluded

Note that you must book a flight which arrives in Nice between 08:00 and 16:45. If you book a flight with an evening arrival, you will not receive the helicopter transfer.

You also get a free shuttle bus transfer from the heliport to your hotel and vouchers for “entrance to museums and attractions in the principality of Monaco”. 

Columbus hotel monaco

This is a really good deal, at least off peak.  I found two nights at the four-star Columbus Monte Carlo – photo above – plus BA economy flights plus the one-way helicopter transfer for just £399 for two people (ie £199 each) for a 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 nearer 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.

Full details can be found on ba.com here. Ignore the ‘book by 14th November 2021’ headline – this is a mistake and is from a previous version of the offer. The small print confirms it is running now.

Thanks to Tim for this.

Comments (42)

  • Track says:

    City A.M. features how much US flights were cancelled by BA from Jan 2022 and until the Summer.

    “British Airways axes hundreds of flights following booking slump”

  • Nick says:

    I well remember regularly taking a helicopter flight between Malta and Gozo back in the late 1980’s – 1990’s in a very old Russian Sikorsky Mil-Mi8 which I was convinced was ex-military. The seats certainly looked and felt that way and the signage was all in Russian. Great fun though and they even had a stewardess.

    • Alex Sm says:

      We were supposed to fly a helicopter between the Faroese islands (it is used as public transport there and costs £10 / trip). We were checked in at the airport and were waiting in the lounge when fog suddenly fell and the flight was cancelled. So, I’m still to make my first helicopter flight… maybe should try this Côte d’Azur offer

    • Dave says:

      Did that. Recommend Ceuta to Malaga

  • JP-MCO says:

    Are we allowed to travel to France now or are we still locked out for having a virus that is all over the world?

  • Catherine says:

    This does require booking a holiday to an airport where arrival is currently prohibited for tourists, even just those transferring.

  • The real Swiss Tony says:

    We just need the French to grow up a bit* in terms of the travel block on UK visitors to allow anyone to book this in the first place, though….

    * – I appreciate that given the current circus in Westminster we’re not exactly in a place to be taking the moral high ground here, but surely someone has realised the problem with the short booking window on this….

    • Sam G says:

      Apparently being recinded as soon as today!

      • tony says:

        Let’s hope so. Their stance – and that of Austria – does however mean that the Swiss stand to be the beneficiaries of the family ski holiday this year.

        • Alex Sm says:

          What about Andorra or Bulgaria?

          • The real Swiss Tony says:

            Unless you take a helicopter, you have you go through France or Spain to get to Andorra, which with partially vaxed kids is problematic.

            Bulgaria is a bit too far – we’re only going for a long weekend – bit fair point. Skied there in 1983 – hope it’s a bit different now!

  • Christina says:

    Monaco is dull as dishwater. Not much to do or see.

    • Небоход says:

      I imagine things would be very expensive for regular people to go to as well – that’s my perception- I may be wrong, it’s my impression of it.

      • Andrew says:

        I used to travel to Monaco fairly frequently for work. Expense wise it wasn’t really any different to the rest of France. The very wealthy residents aren’t actually ‘resident’ very much so restaurants and the like have to cater for regular French people who commute over the border for work.

        It’s a pretty ugly town/country but gawping at the cars and yachts is fun for a couple of days and, if you’re a motor racing fan, walking around the circuit is a must do. There are also extremely good train links along the rest of the Côte d’Azur.

        • Rob says:

          You have to go to the casino as well, which is an astonishing bit of architecture.

          • Colin MacKinnon says:

            Went in this offer a few years ago thanks to HfP. Decided to visit the casino and place a bet, and paid extra fir the Salon Privee.
            Gosh! How sad returns looked – staff and punters. Couldn’t face placing a bet!
            If you fancy a fancy car, take a briefcase of cash with you and leave a note in the rind screen if the car you fancy. If owner has Gad a losing streak, maybe they’ll take your cash?

    • Alex Sm says:

      Depends how you prepare for the trip and how open your mind is, I guess…

  • Novice says:

    I’ve always been okay with all means of transport but when I flew on a helicopter I realised even I have limits. It was the worst 45 mins of anything I’ve ever been on in terms of stress and feeling but otherwise was cool 😂

    I think if your not into heights then think twice before you go on a helicopter. Especially if it’s taking you over open water.

    • Tracey says:

      It’s flying a lot lower than a plane!

      I’ve done 3 helicopter trips, in order of wow factor:
      Grand Canyon (the heli actually goes into the canyon, so possibly not for the faint hearted)
      Victoria Falls
      St Lucia

  • DZOO says:

    The Ts&Cs state that:

    **This offer is non-changeable, non-refundable once confirmed**

    It’s a bit unclear whether this overrides the general BA Hols booking flexibility?

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