Air France has announced that its new direct service from London Heathrow to Nice will continue into the Winter.
The reason we mention this is that, as a Virgin Flying Club partner, this flight is bookable with Virgin Points.
There will, oddly, be a gap in the service.
The current Summer service is due to end on 28th August. The new Winter service will not start until 30th October, running through to 25th March 2023. Flights will operate daily.
The outbound time is OK but the return isn’t hugely attractive. The flight departs Heathrow at 08.55, arriving in Nice at 11.50.
The return flight leaves at the ungodly hour of 07.00, arriving into Heathrow at 07.55. That said, it would allow you to have an extra night in Nice and then head straight into the office.
Note that Air France is now in Terminal 3 at Heathrow. It will not be returning to its pre-pandemic home at Terminal 4.
Booking with Virgin Points, the cost is:
- 15,000 points + £56 taxes and charges return in Economy
- 50,000 points + £84 taxes and charges return in Business
This is clearly a little crazy in Business class, given that Air France short-haul business class is not life-changing – see our last review here. The Economy pricing is not bad value on pricier dates.
In reality, I think it is more likely that you would book Air France outbound because of the better timings and return with another carrier at a better time of day.
You can book for cash on the Air France website here. Cash tickets start at £90 return in Economy. Business Class seems to start at around £400 return.
The picture above is the Hyatt Regency Palais de la Mediterranee on the sea front, where I stayed many years ago and liked.
You can find out more on this special page of the Air France website here.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (September 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 15,000 Virgin Points):
You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin Points.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.
(Want to earn more Virgin Points? Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)