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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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    • rookeydooks
    • By rookeydooks 2nd Sep 16, 8:20 PM
    • 23 Posts
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    rookeydooks
    Dominican Replublic - October 2016
    Quote is 2 weeks to Dominican Republic lat two weeks of October 2016.
    • The Quote itself: £3269.00 using £100 off code - LHSEP100
    • Who the quote is from: First choice
    • Is there a booking fee: No
    • The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel:
      First choice / Thomson Dreamliner / ClubHotel Riu Bachata
    • The departure Airport/Post: London Gatwick - Puerto Plata
    • The Holiday Dates: Saturday 15th October
    • The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 3 Adults / 1 x age 15
    • The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): ClubHotel Riu Bachata
    • The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive
    • Any specific requirements: No
    • Is an in-flight meal included: Yes
    Can't travel before 15th October, ideally prefer the 2nd week to be over October half term. Need to be back by October 30th.


    Would consider 10 days.


    Many thanks for your time.
    • manc2005
    • By manc2005 5th Sep 16, 12:45 PM
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    manc2005
    The Quote itself: £1,133.91
    Who the quote is from: Sunmasters
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Thomas Cook / Crystal Tat Beach Golf Resort & Spa
    The departure Airport/Post:Manchester
    The Holiday Dates: 23 September 2016 - 30 September 2016
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 x Adults, 1 x Child (aged 2)
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Crystal Tat Beach Golf Resort & Spa
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): AI
    Any specific requirements: No
    Is an in-flight meal included: No

    Thanks for your help.
    • Jamloune
    • By Jamloune 11th Sep 16, 7:59 PM
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    Jamloune
    2 week holiday to Marmaris, Turkey


    The quote itself : £1084.49 pp
    Who the quote is from : Thomas Cook
    Is there a booking fee : No
    The Tour Operator : Thomas Cook - ,
    The departure airport : Gatwick
    The holiday dates : 10th August -24th August 2017
    The number of people travelling - 2 x adults, 2 x children (17 & 13 yrs)
    The Hotel: Club Julian Hotel, Family room
    The Board : AI
    Any specific requirements: No
    Is an in-flight meal included : No
    Baggage included : Yes hand luggage & 4 x 15kg
    Transfers : Yes


    Thank you.
    Last edited by Jamloune; 11-09-2016 at 8:02 PM.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 11th Sep 16, 8:22 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi Jamloune

    I can save you £50pp on this so £200 total

    All still booked with Thomas Cook so same flights, luggage, transfers, family room , deposit etc

    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.
    • Hollibobs
    • By Hollibobs 14th Sep 16, 6:55 PM
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    Hollibobs
    Hi Destiny33

    As long as this is for a week (your dates state 24/6-1/7) and not for 2 weeks as per your 2nd paragraph as the price correlates, I can do it "like for like" for £1,815.

    If you went on the day after (Sunday) you can save another £100

    Hollibobs

    Hollibobs

    I am a Travel Agent
    I’ve sent you a PM
    My company’s ABTA/ATOL numbers are K9413/5534. 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.
    Flight-Plus arrangements booked are financially protected by the Civil Aviation Authority(under our ATOL number 5534).If you book a package and we are acting as your agent then you will be protected by the relevant tour operator's ATOL.
    • Destiny33
    • By Destiny33 14th Sep 16, 10:46 PM
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    Destiny33
    Thanks Hollibobs appreciate your help.

    I can get another £50 off for single parent with jet2 and Topcashback so a little cheaper.

    Now to start saving very hard if its going to be possible.

    Thanks again

    Dx
    • DonnieH
    • By DonnieH 16th Sep 16, 7:54 PM
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    DonnieH
    Hi, please see below.

    The Quote itself: £11,987 (for Privilege Junior Suite x 2)
    Who the quote is from: BlueBay Travel
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Thomson / Ocean Riviera Paradise
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates: 01 August 2017 - 15 August 2017 (14 nights)
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 x Adults, 3 x Child (aged 14, 14 and 12)
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Ocean Riviera Paradise, Mexico
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): AI
    Any specific requirements: Rooms interconnecting or at least next to each other
    Is an in-flight meal included: Yes

    Above price is for thomson flights, but I understand Thomas Cook flights are cheaper so have no problem going with them. Also flexible on dates in august so can shift a week to the right if price is better.

    Thanks a lot.
    • McSheep
    • By McSheep 19th Sep 16, 5:39 PM
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    McSheep
    Hi all, just wondering if anyone can beat this?

    The Quote itself: £2300
    Who the quote is from: Jet2 Holidays
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Jet2
    The departure Airport/Post: Edinburgh
    The Holiday Dates:18th Aug 2017 (Must be back before 4th Sept)
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2x Adults 1x Child (13)
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Altamar, Gran Canaria
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive
    Any specific requirements: n/a
    Is an in-flight meal included: N/a
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 19th Sep 16, 5:58 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Gran Canaria
    Hi McSheep

    Im assuming this is 14 nts from the price and the date you have to be back by so my price is 14 nights too

    I can do the holiday like for like with the same Jet2 flights, Coach Transfers, hotel etc and save you just over £50 so £2249 Total - Deposit still £60pp as well

    Or I can do it for just £10 less at £2291 BUT give you an upgrade to a Private Return Taxi in resort which Jet2Hols would charge you £99 extra for so saving you £109 overall

    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.
    • patricia1066
    • By patricia1066 27th Sep 16, 6:26 PM
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    patricia1066
    The Quote itself: £670.76 per person
    Who the quote is from: Thomson
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Thomson
    The departure Airport/Post: Belfast
    The Holiday Dates: 5.5.17 for 7 nights
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2x Adults
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Hotel H10 Tenerife Playa
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Hb
    Any specific requirements: Seaview, transfers in tenerife.
    Is an in-flight meal included: No

    Preferred airport Dublin
    • riaarora
    • By riaarora 29th Sep 16, 10:52 AM
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    riaarora
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    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 29th Sep 16, 11:01 AM
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    MATTR5
    Hi Patricia

    Thomsons dont have a flight on the 5th May from Belfast

    Im going to assume its the Thomas cook flight - departs 1345 lands back 2345

    So taking your price of £670.76 per person Our p[rice inc flights, hold bags, transfers, half board in a Sea View room is a whopping £140 less per person at £530 - and we can do a Low Deposit - this price is valid until tomorrow 30th sep only aas we have a sale on - after that its £540pp

    There is also a Jet2 flight at 10am lands back at 20.15 and like for like this is £559 per person - still a big saving - but nicer flight times

    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.
    • Beach Baby
    • By Beach Baby 30th Sep 16, 3:09 PM
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    Beach Baby
    Hi all

    The Quote itself: £5608
    Who the quote is from: Destination Lounge
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Freedom Travel Group/British Airways
    The departure Airport/Post: Gatwick
    The Holiday Dates: 22/07/16 - 05/08/16
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 Adults
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Sandals La Source, Grenada (7 nights)
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): AI
    Any specific requirements: Italian Bi-level Swim Up Butler Suite
    Is an in-flight meal included: Yes

    Please note: hotel cost is only for 7 nights as we will have a free week voucher to utilise for the second week, hence flights dates being 2 weeks apart
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 30th Sep 16, 4:35 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Sandals Grenada
    Hi Beach Baby

    Thats a fair quote tbh - they arent making a big profit on it at that price so cant really do much to beat it - id say book it with them
    I am a Travel Agent
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    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.
    • hollie.weimeraner
    • By hollie.weimeraner 10th Oct 16, 12:50 PM
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    hollie.weimeraner
    The Quote itself: £4500
    Who the quote is from: Best at Travel
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Thomas Cook flying with Virgin
    The departure Airport/Post: Gatwick
    The Holiday Dates: 10 nights in March 2017 any time between starting 3rd March or ending up to 24th March back in UK
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 Adults
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Rendezvous St Lucia
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): AI
    Any specific requirements:
    Is an in-flight meal included: Yes
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 10th Oct 16, 1:39 PM
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    MATTR5
    re St Lucia
    Hi Hollie

    Ive checked a few dates in that range and tbh that £4500 is roughly our nett price so i think its a good price and id say book with them if none of the other agents on here does better than me. A lot of Caribbean prices are being adjusted following the drop in the £ vs $ so dont leave it too long to book

    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.
    • durham05
    • By durham05 17th Oct 16, 8:34 AM
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    durham05
    The Quote itself: £2190
    Who the quote is from: thomson
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: sky tours
    The departure Airport/Post: newcastle
    The Holiday Dates: 13/12/16-27/12-16
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 4 Adults & 3kids (5,7&11y)
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): oasis mango los cristianos tenerife
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): sc
    Any specific requirements:
    Is an in-flight meal included: no

    h/b is an option at an extra £940, think may be worth looking at this?

    would look at other holidays but want sunshine and want to be away xmas day.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 17th Oct 16, 12:39 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi Durham

    Its a good deal and as you may have spotted from this threads previous replies Thomson are hard to beat on their own stuff on Late Deals and I cant really beat this one - I get £3263 on Half Board on their website and our price would be £3258 - £5 cheaper - sorry not very exciting
    The only alternative you may want to consider is Playa Olid on All Inclusive same date which we could do £4036 - sounds a lot more but its less than £8 more per person per day so could be an option

    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.
    • hazzp
    • By hazzp 17th Oct 16, 11:13 PM
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    hazzp
    The Quote itself: £2233.98 00 using £50pp off code Winter50
    Who the quote is from: Thomas Cook
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel:
    Thomas Cook/ Thomas Cook/ Iberostar Varadero
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester to Varadero Cuba
    The Holiday Dates: Saturday 24th Feb 2017 for 7 nights
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 Adults
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Iberostar Varadero
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive
    Any specific requirements: No
    Is an in-flight meal included: Yes

    Looking to book this week, ideally nearer £1k pp. Can travel earlier in Feb but this seemed to be the cheapest date. Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by hazzp; 18-10-2016 at 9:02 AM. Reason: Saving is pp not per booking
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 18th Oct 16, 9:38 AM
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    MATTR5
    re Cuba
    Hi Hazzp

    The price is actually £2333 - £50 so £2283 as the £50 off is per booking not per person

    I can get this down to £2168 for you

    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.
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