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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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    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 28th Feb 17, 11:09 AM
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    MATTR5
    Hi Rookey

    We can only save you £10 per person on this so £60 if you all go

    You'll probably be able to do better with Cashback sites - the usual "Its hard to beat Thomsons" im afraid

    just as a tip - You can upgrade the rooms during the booking process on the Norwich 7th jan flight - on the 4th they are already included as no standard rooms left

    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.
    • swinstan
    • By swinstan 28th Feb 17, 7:35 PM
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    swinstan
    Holiday for 6 Adults in 3 rooms

    The Quote itself: £948 pp
    Who the quote is from: Ice Lolly
    Is there a booking fee: No, but probaby CC charge
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Flight Thomas Cook; Hotel Steigenberger Al Dau Beach in Hurghada
    The departure Airport/Post: Birmingham
    The Holiday Dates: 14 May 17 - 28/29 May 17
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 6 adults
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Hotel Steigenberger Al Dau Beach in Hurghada
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All inclusive
    Any specific requirements: Will need at least one extra legroom seat which is not included in this quote
    Is an in-flight meal included: No
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 28th Feb 17, 8:03 PM
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    MATTR5
    Re Steigenberger al dau
    Hi swinstan

    Ive included 20kg hold bags and a Private Minibus the other end to make sure my quote is complete

    I can do this like for like for £897 each saving you just over £300

    There is only one extra legroom left on each flight - 12a outbound and 26d on the inbound and i can add this for £40 return but yiou'll have to be quick - there are no other extra legroom seats left

    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.
    • Navybhoy
    • By Navybhoy 1st Mar 17, 3:35 PM
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    Navybhoy
    Hope you can work some wonders MATTR5! :-)

    The Quote itself: £942.18 (£961.02 if paying with a credit card)
    Who the quote is from: First Choice
    Is there a booking fee: 2%
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: First Choice/Thomson Airways/Hotel Parco Del Sole
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester (but we could fly from Liverpool/EM or Brum Int)
    The Holiday Dates: 3rd April - 10th April 2017 (Both Morning flights)
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 Adults
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Hotel Parco Del Sole
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): AI
    Any specific requirements: Choose seats/seats together, 15 Kg of baggage each at least
    Is an in-flight meal included: No
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 1st Mar 17, 3:47 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi Navybhoy

    Nothing I can do on this one - Thomson late deal im afraid

    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.
    • Navybhoy
    • By Navybhoy 1st Mar 17, 5:47 PM
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    Navybhoy
    Hi Navybhoy

    Nothing I can do on this one - Thomson late deal im afraid

    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
    Appreciate the fast reply, not to worry.
    • benno74
    • By benno74 3rd Mar 17, 9:21 PM
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    benno74
    holiday quote
    Hi all,
    Please see if this can be beaten

    The Quote itself: £1,548
    Who the quote is from: Teletext Holidays
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Gran Hotel La Hacienda, La Pineda, Costa Dorada
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates: 25th May 2017
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 4 (2 adults, kids are 7 and 5)
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Gran Hotel La Hacienda
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): AI
    Any specific requirements:
    Is an in-flight meal included: No

    I appreciate any responses
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 4th Mar 17, 1:59 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi benno74

    Nothing I can do on this one - may be Ryanair flights which i dont sell

    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.
    • quoia
    • By quoia 6th Mar 17, 2:15 PM
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    quoia
    The Quote itself: £2,220
    Who the quote is from: JLM Travel
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Thomas Cook / Thomas Cook / Blau Costa Verde
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester (to Holguin)
    The Holiday Dates: 8th or 15th June 2017 for 21 nights ***
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Blau Costa Verde, Guardalavaca, Cuba
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): AI plus PREMIUM upgrade
    Any specific requirements:
    Is an in-flight meal included: Yes

    Also includes: TRANSFERS, Entry & Exit visa costs

    *** Other dates are possible - just want to be there for 20th June for a birthday - ideally NOT arriving OR departing within 24 hours of the 20th.

    Cheers
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    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 6th Mar 17, 2:51 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi quoia

    That's a good price they've done for you as its basically £2426 them most agents have £50 off so £2376 so £2220 is a good discount

    But....i'm here to save you money so my best is £2180 like for like saving you £40
    Deposit is £50 per person
    Whole holiday with Thomas Cook so inc all same extras
    8th or 15th are same price so pick either

    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.
    • jammerr
    • By jammerr 8th Mar 17, 11:10 PM
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    jammerr
    Firstly, the quote is alright but the flight time on the way out really sucks and we're practically losing a day so I am flexible with dates if it gets us better times. Willing to pay for late checkout if needed.

    QUOTE: £1581 (includes late checkout)
    Who it's from: Thompson
    Booking fee? No
    Operator: Thompson
    Hotel: Barut Kemer
    Dep airport: Manchester
    Dates: 14th July - 7 nights (Flexible on this)
    2 people, all inclsuive
    In flight meals included: Dont think so

    Thanks
    • jammerr
    • By jammerr 8th Mar 17, 11:12 PM
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    jammerr
    Forgot to add: This is for a SEA VIEW SUPERIOR ROOM
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 9th Mar 17, 8:24 AM
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    MATTR5
    re Barut Kemer
    Hi jammmer

    As said before theres not a lot we can do on Thomsons stuff
    There is a slightly better flight time the day after - see below - not a lot better but a bit and its not much more
    If you want a really nice flight time then Thomsons have them but they arent cheap -just search alternative dates on their site
    Its a Thomson Exclusive hotel so im gonna be pretty much the same price as their website so you may as well book direct and do cashback

    if you want to save money pick a hotel with someone like Jet2Holidays, Thomas Cooks etc and send me a PM i'll beat any of their holidays like for like - but if you want this specific hotel book direct as above

    alternative flight

    Departing: Sat 15 Jul 2017 15:50
    Arriving: Sat 15 Jul 2017 22:10

    Departing: Sat 22 Jul 2017 23:10
    Arriving: Sun 23 Jul 2017 01:55

    Hope that helps a bit

    I am a Travel Agent
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    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.
    • jammerr
    • By jammerr 11th Mar 17, 11:53 AM
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    jammerr
    Ok, I have a different option!

    Quote: £979
    Quote is from Thomas Cook/Holiday Pirates no booking fee
    Hotel: Trendy Lara - All inclusive
    Airport: Manchester
    Dates: 20-27 May
    2 people travelling
    Room: Side sea view (wouldnt mind quotes for sea view either!)
    No in flght meal

    Thanks
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 11th Mar 17, 12:30 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Trendy Lara
    Hi Jammer

    Now we're talking!

    Instead of £979 i'll do £879 saving you £100 for the Side Sea View

    Sea View adds £35 per person

    I am a Travel Agent
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    • Victamond
    • By Victamond 11th Mar 17, 1:48 PM
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    Victamond
    Honeymoon to the Maldives - Oct 2017
    Would be great to bring the price down. We are flexible with our dates (10 nights duration between 12th October and 14th November 2017)
    • The Quote itself:£3803.00 (total)
    • Who the quote is from: Letsgo2
    • Is there a booking fee: No
    • The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Emirates (preferred)
    • The departure Airport/Post: Heathrow (any London will do)
    • The Holiday Dates: 13th October 2017 (lands 14th) for 10 nights
    • The number of people travelling (inc kids ages):2
    • The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Kuredo (open to other hotels)
    • The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive
    • Any specific requirements: Seaboat transfers included, beach bungalow
    • Is an in-flight meal included:Yes
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 11th Mar 17, 3:02 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi Victamond

    Cant beat this one sorry - they have an Exclusive Discount - im assuming you mean Seaplane by the way or youve got a looooong transfer lol

    Great 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.
    • amyc1987
    • By amyc1987 12th Mar 17, 1:52 PM
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    amyc1987
    Can anyone help with this?

    Total Quote: 1529 (this does use one of their current discount codes)
    Quote from: Thomson with no booking fee
    Hotel: Hotel Mediterraneo in Sorrento
    Room type: Standard double - Garden View Room
    Airport: Birmingham
    Inflight meal: No
    Dates: 25th September to 2nd October 2017
    No of people travelling: 2

    We are flexible on dates and are able to travel out anytime from 16th September until round about 26th September for a 7 night break. We can also fly from Bristol or any London airport as well as Birmingham.

    Is anyone able to beat my quote?
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 12th Mar 17, 3:01 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Sorrento
    Hi Amy

    I cant beat this - usual reason its Thomson's

    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.
    • Beachy579
    • By Beachy579 12th Mar 17, 7:03 PM
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    Beachy579
    Hi all

    Can anyone give me a better deal than this please

    The Quote itself: £214pp
    Who the quote is from: teletext
    Is there a booking fee: don't know
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Cabana Hotel Benidorm
    The departure Airport/Post: Glasgow
    The Holiday Dates: 16/4/17 7nts
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2x adults 2x children age 13&14
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Cabana
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All inclusive
    Any specific requirements:
    Is an in-flight meal included:

    Love holidays did offer at £715 but has now been taken down.
    Thanks.
    Last edited by Beachy579; 12-03-2017 at 7:04 PM. Reason: Edit
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