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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 23rd Jul 07, 6:25 PM
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    Beat My Quote! Travel Agents Thread
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    • 23rd Jul 07, 6:25 PM
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    Beat My Quote! Travel Agents Thread 23rd Jul 07 at 6:25 PM
    What’s this about?

    This is a special thread where you can ask all the Travel Agents and MoneySavers who frequent this board to beat a holiday quote you have and get personalised replies.

    The idea is to see if someone can beat a quote for a specific holiday; not just a general price. So you need an exact quote. E.g.

    "I've been quoted £507 per person, all-in for 2 people to Hotel Martino, half-board in the Dominican Republic leaving Gatwick on 3rd of the month returning on the 17th with Tour Operator Airtours.

    Can anyone beat it?"

    If you haven’t got a quote, then first go to the Package Holidays: Undercut the cheapest prices and Cheap Flight and Hotel Finding article.

    IMPORTANT. To protect you, the rules are very strict

    Please read this in detail before making a request.


    Why does this exist?

    Many travel agents regularly add information in this Travel Board, and MoneySavers often request their help. Yet the Forum has strict rules against advertising/posting for commercial gain, so this thread has been designed to allow MoneySavers to ask for the Travel Agents help without breaking the rules; so both the agents who help and the MoneySavers can benefit. As part of this Travel agents have been given a Travel Agents Code of Conduct.

    STEP 1 Find the best quote before you post.

    As you need to start with a quote before it can be beaten, first head to either the Cheap Flight and Hotel Finding or Cheap Packages: Haggle 15% off the cost articles. Once you’ve been through that and have a decent price, then you’re ready for this thread.

    STEP 2. Post your quote here to see if it can be beaten

    Click reply to this post (you must be registered to do this, it’s totally free, and is only necessary to stop spammers) and then post the best quote you have received so far, but don’t include your e-mail or any personal details (other than holiday details).

    Include the following:
    • The Quote itself:
    • Who the quote is from:
    • Is there a booking fee:
    • The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel:
    • The departure Airport/Post:
    • The Holiday Dates:
    • The number of people travelling (inc kids ages):
    • The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival):
    • The Board (self catering/half board etc):
    • Any specific requirements:
    • Is an in-flight meal included:
    STEP 3: Now Travel Agents/MoneySavers will PM you

    Travel agents and any other MoneySavers who want to help; will then send you a private message with their best possible deal in it if they can beat your current quote (this may take hours or days or you may not get any replies, keep checking).

    When you have messages, you will see this noted in the personal message note at the top of the page; though you need to be logged in to see it.

    Never include your e-mail or any personal details until you are sure it is the deal you want; and then always check the legitimacy of the agent before continuing.


    STEP 4: Responding to the Private Messages

    If someone has sent you a decent quote, simply reply to the private message and start the communication. If anyone sends you an inappropriate Private Message (PM) or one that breaks the rules, please report it to abuse@moneysavingexpert.com


    STEP 5: Always check out who you’re dealing with before sending money

    This thread is here for your convenience, MoneySavingExpert has no connection with any of the travel agents that post and cannot vouch for the legitimacy of quotes. Many non-travel agent MoneySavers who know the travel market may also send you their suggestions.

    Remember, MoneySavingExpert does not check the legitimacy of those saying they’re travel agents, that’s a check you must make yourself - you book and pay at your own risk.

    STEP 6: Once you’ve got the holiday you want

    If you find a deal or no longer require the quote, please go back to your post and click “edit” and then add “Holiday now booked” to it. If you don’t then it’s unfair on those who are doing work to find you the best deal.

    If you can add how much you paid in the end and whether this system worked or not, that’d be great. However please do not mention the name or any details about which individual travel agent/poster was cheapest as that would break the site's advertising rules.



    Rules for Travel Agents responding to this thread
    • Please reply by PM. Very strictly do not reply in this thread.
    • You must have the Travel Agents Code of Conduct signature if you are going to respond in this thread.
    • Do not send your phone number or e-mail in the initial PM, only do it if it is requested in successive PMs.
    • Only respond with an actual quote of a real holiday or deal. Responses such as “I can often do prices for around £xxx” is not acceptable, it must be an actual holiday quote.
    • If the details are not sufficient it is permitted to ask any clarification questions such as “can you confirm what board level you want?” but bear in mind rule 4. above for such matters. Also please do suggest that the person alters their post if there an obvious omission in the details.
    • It is hoped this system will allow helpful travel agents to earn money by providing the very lowest prices, but to ensure no one is trying to dupe MoneySavers; MoneySavingExpert will blind test this on a regular basis – any agents breaking these rules will be permanently barred from using the Forums.
    Rules for Non-Travel Agents responding to this thread




    Providing you have no commercial link to any of the companies you are suggesting, then the rules are much less strict. If you just have a good idea of what people can do and want to share it – feel free to PM them; but do inform them you are not a travel agent and are just trying to help.

    Martin
    Last edited by MSE Martin; 24-07-2007 at 10:37 AM.
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    • SeanK
    • By SeanK 11th Sep 17, 5:57 PM
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    SeanK
    Marrakech - Summer 2018
    The Quote itself: £2815.20
    Who the quote is from: Thomson Online
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Thomson/Thomson/Clubhotel Riu Tikda Palmeraie
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates: 10/08/18 - 31/08/18 (21 nights)
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 Adults
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Clubhotel Riu Tikda Palmeraie
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): AL
    Any specific requirements: 25kg for luggage
    Is an in-flight meal included: n/a
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 11th Sep 17, 6:10 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi

    I can do this like for like with Thomsons with the luggage upgrade for £2755 saving you £60

    Deposit same £75pp now and then £125 pp in 8 weeks

    I am a Travel Agent
    I’ve sent you a PM
    My company’s ABTA/ATOL numbers are G9172/6053. MSE doesn't check my status as a Travel Agent, so you need to take my word for it. You can check my ATOL with the CAA. This signature is here as I follow MSE's Travel Agent Code of Conduct.

    Just as a note guys - Im going to be off from tomorrow tuesday 4pm and back Thursday 6pm as im going to Marbella for a quick work trip so wont be able to reply to any messages
    • roseview
    • By roseview 13th Sep 17, 12:20 PM
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    roseview
    Thomson Cruise - Tropical Horizons
    The quote £1311 each (Thomsons Online with the £100 per booking discount) and can also get 4.5% cashback with Topcashback.
    This cruise goes from Gatwick and is only available departing 4th November for 15 nights.
    We do need to get to Gatwick from Cornwall so open to options for that.

    Can anybody beat this price? I know that Thomson puts the price up and down daily as I've been tracking it for weeks now.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 14th Sep 17, 6:35 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi roseview

    Sorry cant beat that

    I am a Travel Agent
    I’ve sent you a PM
    My company’s ABTA/ATOL numbers are G9172/6053. MSE doesn't check my status as a Travel Agent, so you need to take my word for it. You can check my ATOL with the CAA. This signature is here as I follow MSE's Travel Agent Code of Conduct.
    • Ganga
    • By Ganga 15th Sep 17, 3:01 PM
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    Ganga
    Thanks for sorting out our holiday to Lara Beach at a great price,your a star Mathew.
    ITS NOT EASY TO GET EVERYTHING WRONG ,I HAVE TO WORK HARD TO DO IT!
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 15th Sep 17, 3:21 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Lara Beach
    Hi Ganga

    No problem - thank you for your booking

    Mattr5
    • ZDL21209
    • By ZDL21209 17th Sep 17, 10:22 AM
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    ZDL21209
    Canaries - October
    The Quote itself: GBP 1864
    Who the quote is from: jet2
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Jet2, Vitalclass Lanzarote
    The departure Airport/Post: Stansted (Luton or Birmingham ok too)
    The Holiday Dates: 21-28 October (+/- 1 day ok)
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults, 2 kids (age 5 and 2)
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival):Vitalclass Lanzarote
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Half
    Any specific requirements: No (slightly flexible on alternative hotel/island min 4/5 on trip advisor)
    Is an in-flight meal included:No

    Thanks!
    • boaba1
    • By boaba1 17th Sep 17, 12:05 PM
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    boaba1
    • The Quote itself: £3932
    • Who the quote is from: Thomas cook
    • Is there a booking fee: no
    • The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Thomas cook/ terralta apart hotel benidorm
    • The departure Airport/Post: manchester
    • The Holiday Dates: 16/8/2018 to 26/8/2018
    • The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 4 adult 2 kids age 12 and 8
    • The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival):teralta apart hotel
    • The Board (self catering/half board etc): self catering
    • Any specific requirements: no
    • Is an in-flight meal included: no
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 17th Sep 17, 12:12 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi boaba1

    I can save you £132 like for like on this so £3800 like for like same flights, reps etc

    BUT

    You're gonna like this

    Ive got a cheaper flight that day and I can do it on that flight with luggage and transfers etc for £3192 saving you a massive £740 - and if you take a couple less suitcases i can save you even more

    I am a Travel Agent
    I’ve sent you a PM
    My company’s ABTA/ATOL numbers are G9172/6053. MSE doesn't check my status as a Travel Agent, so you need to take my word for it. You can check my ATOL with the CAA. This signature is here as I follow MSE's Travel Agent Code of Conduct.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 17th Sep 17, 5:25 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi Guys

    Can i remind you to check back once youve posted a price to beat - it can take us 5 mins to 24 hrs to respond

    I responded with a Private Message to ZDL21209 saying i could beat there price but needed more info and have replied as above to boaba1 that i can save them a potential £740 but neither have checked back and replied

    So please - dont forget after posting a price to beat to remember to check back later for a message

    Regards - Mattr5

    ps Im away Wed 20th Sep to Thu am 28th Sep as im on an agents trip to Mauritius
    • cardigan29
    • By cardigan29 18th Sep 17, 12:54 AM
    • 10 Posts
    • 7 Thanks
    cardigan29
    The Quote itself: GBP 2844
    Who the quote is from: jet2holidays
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Jet2, Lindos Imperial Resort & Spa
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates: 1 Aug 2018 for 11 nights
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults, 1 kid (age 12)
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival):Lindos Imperial Resort & Spa, Kiotari, Rhodes
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): AI
    Any specific requirements: No
    Is an in-flight meal included:No
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 18th Sep 17, 9:18 AM
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    MATTR5
    Hi cardigan29

    This seems to be showing on Jet2hols today at £2874 but no biggie i can still beat your price

    Like for like with jet2hols, same deposit, baggage, transfers, reps etc our price is £2794 saving you £70 on your price and £100 on the current price

    I am a Travel Agent
    I’ve sent you a PM
    My company’s ABTA/ATOL numbers are G9172/6053. MSE doesn't check my status as a Travel Agent, so you need to take my word for it. You can check my ATOL with the CAA. This signature is here as I follow MSE's Travel Agent Code of Conduct.
    • matthewwenn
    • By matthewwenn 18th Sep 17, 1:54 PM
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    matthewwenn
    The Quote itself: 2774 canadian dollars (£1680.49)
    Who the quote is from: sunwing.ca
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Iberostar Tainos, Varadero
    The Holiday Dates: 01/04/18 - 12/04/18 (11 nights)
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 Adults 1 Child 10
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Iberostar Tainos, Varadero - Bungalow poolview all inclusive
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): AI
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 18th Sep 17, 2:32 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Iberostar Tainos
    Hi Matthew

    I cant beat this - Ive heard of people doing this trick before and being ok so it looks a great deal - booking direct with Iberostar its £1800 plus (roughly my price)

    I would pay with a credit card - swallow the fee just for safety and same with your flight - and do good insurance which will cover you if the flight doesnt go for any reason - but cover those things and your dandy and youve got youself a bargain

    I am a Travel Agent
    Iíve sent you a PM
    My companyís ABTA/ATOL numbers are G9172/6053. MSE doesn't check my status as a Travel Agent, so you need to take my word for it. You can check my ATOL with the CAA. This signature is here as I follow MSE's Travel Agent Code of Conduct.
    • matthewwenn
    • By matthewwenn 19th Sep 17, 1:23 PM
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    matthewwenn
    Tainos, Cuba
    How much for a Pool View Bungalow from 02/04/2018 to 12/04/2018 for 2 adults, one 10 year old?

    We are staying an extra night in Havana now.

    I'm thinking booking from the UK may be a safer option., still undecided!

    Matt

    Hi Matthew

    I cant beat this - Ive heard of people doing this trick before and being ok so it looks a great deal - booking direct with Iberostar its £1800 plus (roughly my price)

    I would pay with a credit card - swallow the fee just for safety and same with your flight - and do good insurance which will cover you if the flight doesnt go for any reason - but cover those things and your dandy and youve got youself a bargain

    I am a Travel Agent
    Iíve sent you a PM
    My companyís ABTA/ATOL numbers are G9172/6053. MSE doesn't check my status as a Travel Agent, so you need to take my word for it. You can check my ATOL with the CAA. This signature is here as I follow MSE's Travel Agent Code of Conduct.
    Originally posted by MATTR5
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 19th Sep 17, 2:11 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi matthew

    Your looking at about £1900 on Iberostar website

    I havent got Pool View Bungalows showing with my supplier sorry

    I am a Travel Agent
    I’ve sent you a PM
    My company’s ABTA/ATOL numbers are G9172/6053. MSE doesn't check my status as a Travel Agent, so you need to take my word for it. You can check my ATOL with the CAA. This signature is here as I follow MSE's Travel Agent Code of Conduct.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 20th Sep 17, 12:17 PM
    • 567 Posts
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    MATTR5
    Hi Everyone

    Just a reminder I will be away from today until the 28th September as I'm going to Mauritius to look at hotels (It's a hard life) so wont be around to beat prices or reply to PM's

    If you post a price to be beaten there may be other agents spot it and can beat it but as I'm the one who replies the most on here just wanted to warn you it will be slightly limited service.
    If its a Thomas Cook or Jet2holidays I can beat them like for like 99% of the time so maybe worth waiting for my return if no one replies.

    Mattr5
    I am a Travel Agent
    My company’s ABTA/ATOL numbers are G9172/6053. MSE doesn't check my status as a Travel Agent, so you need to take my word for it. You can check my ATOL with the CAA. This signature is here as I follow MSE's Travel Agent Code of Conduct.
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