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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  • BAD NEWS: the offer is no longer valid for solo travellers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)

  • Thywillbedone says:

    Having done it once, there is something quite cool about landing in Nice and getting on a helicopter (“whenever you’re ready”) …then a short trip later landing into Monaco on a warm day. Maybe not bucket list stuff but certainly a nice experience.

  • Hbommie says:

    ….North Sea Tigers need not apply.

  • Ladyshopper says:

    We were supposed to do this when they had the previous offer on, but it obviously got cancelled due to Covid.

    Shame the helicopter flight is only one way – anyone know if transfers (non helicopter!) are easy/reasonably priced back to the airport?

  • Andrew. says:

    We took this offer, thanks wholly to it being publicised of HfP, back in February 2020. I’m so glad we did as we haven’t been on a plane since.

    It was a brilliant long weekend. Yes it was February, yes it was a touch “fresh”, but the organisation and helicopter flight e/w at the other end was amazingly good value.

    The only downside was that as it was the end of February, it was off-season so a lot of restaurants were closed and those that were open were fully booked. So dinner on our arrival night we had a Carrefour boxed salad and some cakes. But we were more organised for the other evenings.

    The main problem with visiting Monte Carlo is that it’s so clean (would you believe that public lifts aren’t used as lavatories there!) and feels so safe with around 200 police officers per sqkm and zero beggars, when you take the train to visit Nice it just feels filthy and rough.

    • jamesv92 says:

      They’re very hot on enforcement of masks as well I noticed when we visited in September. Police car pulled over to question a group of people about mask wearing and it was outside..

  • NorthernLass says:

    I’d love to do this for my birthday, but of course it falls within the blackout period (presumably Monaco GP)! We went to Monte Carlo for the day a few years back and ended up eating in McDonald’s overlooking at a Russian oligarch’s $330 million superyacht. There was a quite entertaining series on last year about the principality, including footage of a British tourist being locked in a police cell all night for not paying for a pizza so no wonder it feels safe!

  • JB says:

    It seems to be that the 30th April, when the offer changes from 2 to 3 night minimum is also effectively a blackout date? No transfer offer appears when booking a 3 night stay from 29th April to 2nd or even 3rd May? Perhaps I have missed something in the fine print!

    • Rob says:

      This could be BA IT – loading it as two separate offers for each date block, with no ability to book across the switch?

    • NorthernLass says:

      Bank holiday weekend in the UK? They might sell enough trips without the lure of the free helicopter ride.

  • JW says:

    I just booked this and in the follow up confirmation email from BA where they ask to confirm some info for the helicopter booking, they mentioned it being round trip. I asked them if it was round trip to double check, and they confirmed it was.

    Not sure whether the Ts&Cs are wrong, or the CS rep doesn’t have the up-to-date info, but thought I’d share

    • Rob says:

      Thanks. Interesting – it used to be return, and it’s a bit odd having it just one-way since it skews out the service (who fills the seats going the other way?).

      • Thomas Reckers says:

        The T&Cs are a bit confusing if you scroll down towards the bottom it says the following:
        Due to helicopter flying restrictions, flights must arrive into Nice between 08:00 and 16:45, and depart from Nice between 11:00 and 17:15, flights outside of these times will not receive the free helicopter transfer, only attraction coupons.

        No refunds available.

        To receive roundtrip helicopter transfers, travel must be started and completed within the travel window. Where your outbound flight is within the travel window, but your return flight falls outside of this – only an arrival transfer will be provided

  • Ben says:

    Has anyone else booked and got a return helicopter? The T&Cs still say the same as Thomas says

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