Emily’s France Trip Report (The South of France) – Part 1:  Introduction

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Emily’s France Trip Report (The South of France) – Part 1:  Introduction

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Emily:  In the last series about my trip to France, I talked about how our family of 4 went for our own “tour de France.”  With the help of miles earned from credit card rewards, we paid just ~$410 each for our family of 4 to fly round-trip to France in Business Class.  And had a luxurious stay in a ~$1,600 per night suite for ~$160 TOTAL.

This series of posts will highlight our time in Nice.  And will give you step-by-step instructions so that you can also go to Europe using miles and points!  Plus, I’ll share my tips for the cheapest car rentals and the BEST credit cards to use when traveling internationally.

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 630 Each Part 4 What To Do
Biking on This Mediterranean Boardwalk Was a Highlight of Our Stay in Nice

In addition to staying in a beautiful hotel, we enjoyed riding bikes, jet-skiing, and taking a scenic drive into Italy.  The best part was forming new, closer relationships with my family…we’d spend hours over meals philosophizing about life, love, and challenges we sometimes face!  I’m very grateful that miles & points made this trip possible.

How to Save Thousands Off a Trip to Southern France Trip Report Index:

  • Part 1 – Introduction
  • Part 2 – The Secrets to Saving Money on Rental Cars in Europe
  • Part 3 – Where to Stay | Our Family Felt Like Royalty at Yhis Hotel!
  • Part 4 – What to Do | Jet Skis, Road Trip Along the Coast, Visit Italy, Shopping Mall
  • Part 5 – Where to Eat

Part 1:  Introduction

I love traveling, and saving money to do so!  I’ve always wanted to visit the French Riviera and finally got my chance.  For this trip, I used a combination of miles & points from different programs to book flights for me and my family.  Including AMEX Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

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Jen Admiring the Mountainous Sunset in the South of France

We used miles to get to Paris, then booked cheap one-way flights from Paris to Nice.  We booked our return flights home out of Nice.

I used miles from the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card to “erase” the cost of the one-way flights between Paris and Nice.  To learn more about using flexible Venture miles, you can read our review of the Capital One Venture card here.

And check out this post for the details about how I booked the award flights between the US and Paris.

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each
The Capital One Venture Got Us “Free” One-Way Flights to Nice!

Rent a Car to See More of the Mediterranean Coast

We also rented a car while in France so that we could see the smaller towns more easily.  We LOVED driving through the mountains.  But driving in Nice was a little rough, so I recommend not attempting to do so.

There was a lot of traffic, the roads were small, and parking was nearly non-existent.  Instead, save your rental car for the end of your Nice stay (unless you have a free and convenient parking option).

Nice is easily covered by foot or by bike!

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each
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Use Points to Stay at the Fancy Hyatt Regency Nice

We used a combination of Chase Ultimate Rewards points and Hyatt points to stay at the Hyatt Regency Nice.  It’s a gorgeous 5-star hotel with waterfront views.  We paid ~$160 for our 5-night stay in a ~$1,600 per night luxurious suite.

There are lots of hotels in the area where you can use points, as well as plenty of Airbnbs!  If you do decide to stay at an Airbnb, use my link to get $40 off your 1st booking!

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each
Jen & Jered Relaxing In Their Spacious Living Room

Mountains, Beaches, and City Life = The Perfect Vacation for Everyone

In Nice, we loved riding bikes, jet skiing, and taking the car out for a trip along the coast.

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each
Jet Skiing Was the Guys’ Favorite Activity

We visited a couple of local museums and walked around the town’s community squares.  Nice is a great place to visit because it offers something for everyone to enjoy.

The Nice Boardwalk Lit Up at Night

Make Reservations at Restaurants

We visited Nice in the summer, and the restaurants filled up fast.  So call them to make reservations, or stop by a day or two before and make them.  We visited some excellent restaurants, and others we recommend avoiding.  Stay tuned for later in the series to know where NOT to go!

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each
Dinner Is Even Tastier Knowing I’ll Earn Points for It!

Bottom Line

It cost ~$1,640 for the 4 of us to fly round-trip in Business Class from New York to Europe.  I used a combination of miles & points from different programs to book flights for me and my family.  Including AMEX Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

We visited Paris, but especially loved the South of France.  We enjoyed riding bikes, jet-skiing, road tripping along the coast, and visiting a number of different small towns!  Restaurants can fill up fast so make reservations.

Have you ever been to this area of France?  Share your experiences in the comments!

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