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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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    • hazzp
    • By hazzp 18th Oct 16, 10:42 AM
    • 4 Posts
    • 2 Thanks
    hazzp
    Hi Mattr5,

    Yes sorry my mistake optimistically misreading the T&Cs this morning! Great thanks for the quote, I'll confirm with my bf tonight.

    Cheers,

    Harriet
    • hazzp
    • By hazzp 19th Oct 16, 12:46 PM
    • 4 Posts
    • 2 Thanks
    hazzp
    Hi Mattr5

    We're looking at going ahead on the Cuba quote - sent you a pm with a few questions.

    Thanks Harriet
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 19th Oct 16, 2:47 PM
    • 420 Posts
    • 92 Thanks
    MATTR5
    Hi Hazzp

    Yes seen this and messaged you - ready when you are

    Mattr5
    • z1106aberdeen
    • By z1106aberdeen 21st Oct 16, 2:09 PM
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    z1106aberdeen
    flight only: Aberdeen to Toronto
    Hi, I'm flexible on dates for the outward jounrey by 2/3 days either way, but would ideally need to be returning on 3rd Jan.
    • The Quote itself:for 2 adults, £453 pp
    • Who the quote is from: Omegatravel via momondo
    • Is there a booking fee: no
    • The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: With BA and Air Canada
    • The departure Airport/Post: Aberdeen
    • The Holiday Dates: leaving Aberdeen 13th December (2.35pm), leaving Toronto 3rd Jan (6.40pm)
    • The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    • Is an in-flight meal included: Yes
    Thank you
    • hazzp
    • By hazzp 22nd Oct 16, 12:42 PM
    • 4 Posts
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    hazzp
    Hi just wanted to follow up having booked with Mattr5 this week - top travel agent, wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

    Usually I book independently but for a long haul AI trip this thread got me the best price, plus I was very impressed at Matt's service - no pressure just clear and informative, then really personalised and considered when it came to actually booking and making sure he advised regarding seats etc based on his knowledge and research.

    Thanks again!

    Harriet
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 22nd Oct 16, 1:01 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Toronto
    Hi

    I dont do flight only sorry - maybe try Comparison websites or a Flight Only specialist company

    Mattr5
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 22nd Oct 16, 1:02 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Cuba
    Awh thank you - thats really appreciated and I'm glad I could save you some money

    I hope you have a fantastic holiday and I look forward to hopefully booking you again in Future

    Mattr5
    • laneycakes
    • By laneycakes 26th Oct 16, 10:08 PM
    • 107 Posts
    • 41 Thanks
    laneycakes
    Florida Flydrive Feb 2017
    Hi. Can anyone beat this one! After a direct flight from Manchester to Orlando (happy to fly to Miami or fort lauderdales too) and car hire for a week in Feb...no accommodation required. Thanks!

    The Quote itself: £1058
    Who the quote is from: virgin
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: vigil Atlantic
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates: 1/2/17-8/2/17
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 Adults
    Car hire included: intermediate SUV (RAV4 or similar) with basic insurance.
    Is an in-flight meal included: yes
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 27th Oct 16, 10:14 AM
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    MATTR5
    Hi laneycakes

    We can only quote with Fully Comp ins on the Car

    Virgin Hols inc fully comp is £1252

    Our p[rice like for like - Int SUV inc Fully Comp Ins is £1182 saving you £70

    If you're not taking car ins then I cant help x

    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.
    • KK22
    • By KK22 31st Oct 16, 3:13 PM
    • 307 Posts
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    KK22
    Quote: £1200 per person
    7 nights
    Direct flights from GLA to EWR - United Airlines
    26 May 2016 - 2 June 2016
    4.5* hotel
    The premier hotel
    Continental breakfast included
    2 adults travelling

    Dates are flexible and hotel is flexible. Prefer Times Square/midtown area and must be minimum of 4*
    • ea5290
    • By ea5290 7th Nov 16, 8:50 PM
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    ea5290
    The Quote itself: £594
    Who the quote is from: Skyscanner
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Thai Airways
    The departure Airport/Post: London Heathrow

    Heathrow 18.11.16 21:35 ---> Bangkok 16:00
    Bangkok 19.11.16 17:20 ---> Chiang Mai 18:30
    Krabbi 25.11.16 10:10 ---> Bangkok 11:30
    Bangkok 27.11.16 13:20 ---> Heathrow 19:35

    No other requirements.

    I don't need any hotels.

    Thanks.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 7th Nov 16, 9:08 PM
    • 420 Posts
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    MATTR5
    Hi Ea

    I cant help on this one as its flight only

    I know some retailers offera "lowest price guarantee" on flights so might be worth running ti by them

    Mattr5

    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.
    • durham05
    • By durham05 8th Nov 16, 8:07 AM
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    durham05
    Quote: £4035
    from: jet2
    booking fee: no
    hotel: hovima santa maria, tenerife - 1/2 board
    from newcastle
    dates: 13/12/16 - 27/12/16
    people: 7 passengers (3 kids , 5, 7 & 11y)

    The Quote itself:4025
    Who the quote is from: jet2
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: ole olivine lanzarote AI
    The departure Airport/Post: newcastle
    The Holiday Dates: 15/12/16 - 26/12/16
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 4 adults 3 kids (5,7 &11y)
    Is an in-flight meal included: no
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 8th Nov 16, 8:36 AM
    • 420 Posts
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    MATTR5
    Hi Durham

    I can beat Jet2's prices on both of these by £100 at least

    I can potentially save you quite a lot more ( over £500) depending on Airports and a few other things so give me a call

    Mattr5

    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.
    • Jay C
    • By Jay C 8th Nov 16, 9:27 PM
    • 117 Posts
    • 7 Thanks
    Jay C
    Looking for a better quote than this, can it be done?

    The Quote itself: £5058
    Who the quote is from: AroundWorld Experts
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: AA/Palms Miami (King Room Oceanfront) & West Bay Turks & Caicos (One Bed Suite)
    The departure Airport/Post: Heathrow
    The Holiday Dates: 10/12/16-20/12/16
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 Adults
    Car hire included: no
    Is an in-flight meal included: yes
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 9th Nov 16, 12:57 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi Jay C

    Ive sent you a few questions like how many nights in each place so i can quote

    Mattr5

    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.
    • Jay C
    • By Jay C 9th Nov 16, 8:08 PM
    • 117 Posts
    • 7 Thanks
    Jay C
    Hi Jay C

    Ive sent you a few questions like how many nights in each place so i can quote

    Mattr5

    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.
    Originally posted by MATTR5

    Replied thanks
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 10th Nov 16, 12:59 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi Jay

    It looks like youve got a good price there - Ive tried a couple of suppliers and my best is exact;y the same as yours nett so you may as well go with original agent

    Mattr5

    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.
    • psykik
    • By psykik 12th Nov 16, 11:35 AM
    • 72 Posts
    • 5 Thanks
    psykik
    Looking for a better quote than this, can it be done?

    The Quote itself: £2543
    Who the quote is from: www.latedeals.co.uk
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Thomson /Thomson air/Now Amber Puerto Vallarta/ Junior suite all inclusive
    The departure Airport/Post: London Gatwick - can do Manchester
    The Holiday Dates: 14/12/16-28/12/16
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 1 Adults
    Car hire included: no
    Is an in-flight meal included: yes

    Flexible - YES !
    I can do Manchester. I need to be in Puerto Vallarta Dec 24-28th, Im flexible for any 2 week period that includes 24/12-28/12. Im travelling alone. Hotel can be of similar quality and trip advisor rating as the Now Amber Puerto Vallarta

    Do PM me today, looking to book today!

    Thank you Val xx
    Last edited by psykik; 12-11-2016 at 11:43 AM. Reason: update
    Val
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 12th Nov 16, 12:32 PM
    • 420 Posts
    • 92 Thanks
    MATTR5
    Hi Val

    Hi - no that's a great price go book it

    Mattr5

    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.
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