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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 23rd Jul 07, 5:25 PM
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    Beat My Quote! Travel Agents Thread
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    • 23rd Jul 07, 5:25 PM
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    Beat My Quote! Travel Agents Thread 23rd Jul 07 at 5:25 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 9:37 AM.
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    • Beachy579
    • By Beachy579 12th Mar 17, 6:23 PM
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    Beachy579
    Hi all

    The Quote itself: £852
    Who the quote is from: teletext
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Brasil Hotel Benidorm
    The departure Airport/Post: Glasgow Prestwick
    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): Brazil
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Half board
    Any specific requirements:
    Is an in-flight meal included:

    Transfers included.

    Can anyone beat this?

    Thanks.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 12th Mar 17, 6:51 PM
    • 485 Posts
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    MATTR5
    Hi Beachy

    I cant beat this - I think its a great deal

    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.
    • Beachy579
    • By Beachy579 12th Mar 17, 7:48 PM
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    Beachy579
    Hi all

    After searching I have came across this which looks favourite now.

    The Quote itself: £960
    Who the quote is from: love holiday
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Eftalia Village Hotel
    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): Eftalia Holiday Village
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All inclusive
    Any specific requirements:
    Is an in-flight meal included:

    Transfers included.


    Cheers
    • Owl2roo
    • By Owl2roo 13th Mar 17, 11:42 AM
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    Owl2roo
    Hi all

    Can anyone give me a better deal than this please

    The Quote itself: £709.65pp
    Who the quote is from: love holidays
    Is there a booking fee: don't know
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: flights jet 2
    The departure Airport/Post: Leeds Bradford
    The Holiday Dates: 08/07/17 14nightd
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2x adults 1xchildren age 16
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): virginia
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All inclusive
    Any specific requirements: transfers included
    Is an in-flight meal included:no
    • WACS
    • By WACS 13th Mar 17, 1:25 PM
    • 10 Posts
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    WACS
    Turkey
    Hello all
    The Quote itself: £395 pp
    Who the quote is from: mypuretrip.co.uk
    Is there a booking fee: don't know
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Turkish airlines
    The departure Airport/Post: Heathrow
    The Holiday Dates: 26th - 29th April ( Istanbul )
    29th April - 03rd May Antalya
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults ( 35 yo and 30 yo )
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Sura Hagia Sophia ( Istanbul ) 5 star.
    Seher Sun Palace Resort ( Antalya )
    5 star.
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Full board
    Any specific requirements: Halal
    Is an in-flight meal included: Not known
    Transfers: Not known - probably not

    Can anybody beat this.
    TIA
    • hollie.weimeraner
    • By hollie.weimeraner 13th Mar 17, 2:12 PM
    • 1,255 Posts
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    hollie.weimeraner
    Hi all

    The Quote itself: £852
    Who the quote is from: teletext
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Brasil Hotel Benidorm
    The departure Airport/Post: Glasgow Prestwick
    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 itís allocate on arrival): Brazil
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Half board
    Any specific requirements:
    Is an in-flight meal included:

    Transfers included.

    Can anyone beat this?

    Thanks.
    Originally posted by Beachy579
    Have a look at teletext holiday reviews before you book with them
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 13th Mar 17, 3:25 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Eftalia
    Hi Beachy

    I can beat this depending on how many hold bags they are including

    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.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 13th Mar 17, 3:27 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Turkey
    Hi Wacs

    I cant beat this

    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.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 13th Mar 17, 3:46 PM
    • 485 Posts
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    MATTR5
    re Virginia
    Hi Owl
    I cant beat this - Im assuming its the one in Rhodes - I think its a great deal

    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 13th Mar 17, 4:45 PM
    • 459 Posts
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    Ganga
    The quote itself - £995.0 per person £1990 total
    who the quote is from- Jet2 holidays
    is there a booking fee - no
    tour opp/airline/hotel - Barut Lara
    Departure airport - Newcastle upon tyne
    Dates - 25th May- 8th June 2017
    No. of people travelling - 2 adults
    The hotel - Barut Lara, Antalya,Turkey
    The board - A/I Plus
    Any specific requirments - upper floor
    In flight meal included - No
    Transfers - Included
    Luggage - Included 22kg each plus hand luggage

    Can you beat this please

    Regards
    Ganga
    ITS NOT EASY TO GET EVERYTHING WRONG ,I HAVE TO WORK HARD TO DO IT!
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 13th Mar 17, 5:07 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Barut Lara
    Hi Ganga

    I can beat this by £110 so I will do it like for like for £1880 - all with Jet2hols same flight, rep, hold bags, transfers etc etc

    Also if you want to upgrade to a Private Return Transfer - I can add this for £40 total instead of the £100 or so they are quoting - this is an optional upgrade just let me know when booking

    ps the upper floor is a request - i hope they made that clear

    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.
    • Ganga
    • By Ganga 14th Mar 17, 1:53 PM
    • 459 Posts
    • 200 Thanks
    Ganga
    The quote itself - £995.0 per person £1990 total
    who the quote is from- Jet2 holidays
    is there a booking fee - no
    tour opp/airline/hotel - Barut Lara
    Departure airport - Newcastle upon tyne
    Dates - 25th May- 8th June 2017
    No. of people travelling - 2 adults
    The hotel - Barut Lara, Antalya,Turkey
    The board - A/I Plus
    Any specific requirments - upper floor
    In flight meal included - No
    Transfers - Included
    Luggage - Included 22kg each plus hand luggage

    Can you beat this please

    Regards
    Ganga
    Originally posted by Ganga
    Thanks for speed in which you sorted this out,booked as per our conversation,nice to save money and speak to someone who is not only helpfull but pleasant with it
    ITS NOT EASY TO GET EVERYTHING WRONG ,I HAVE TO WORK HARD TO DO IT!
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 14th Mar 17, 2:51 PM
    • 485 Posts
    • 105 Thanks
    MATTR5
    Thanks Ganga - Nice to be able to save you some money and you were a pleasure to deal with - Have a great time
    • skid112
    • By skid112 15th Mar 17, 9:17 AM
    • 253 Posts
    • 133 Thanks
    skid112
    do you do quotes for cruises as well?
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 15th Mar 17, 10:05 AM
    • 485 Posts
    • 105 Thanks
    MATTR5
    re Cruises
    Hi Skid

    I dont do Ocean Cruises personally - other agents on here might - I will beat prices on River Cruises though

    Mattr5
    • Jay C
    • By Jay C 16th Mar 17, 10:29 AM
    • 123 Posts
    • 9 Thanks
    Jay C
    **** Travel Agent ALERT ****

    Need to make everyone aware of my recent experience.

    It was with Matt Ruth. I contacted him for a quote and can confirm he saved me over £400!!!! So pleased with the price, I passed him to my colleagues for our business trip.

    In short that is 11 of us in total meaning between us he saved us over £4,000!!!

    To add to that he genuinely offers great customer service which is a nice added bonus.

    I have bookmarked his details, highly recommended you speak to him to see what he can do for you too!
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 16th Mar 17, 10:33 AM
    • 485 Posts
    • 105 Thanks
    MATTR5
    re Crete Trip
    Awh thanks Jay - that's really appreciated

    Glad we saved you so much - sorry about the delay we had to wait for the hotel to confirm the group

    Have a great time
    • Aaliyahuk786
    • By Aaliyahuk786 18th Mar 17, 9:17 PM
    • 2 Posts
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    Aaliyahuk786
    Please can someone beat this quote
    Hi can anyone beat this quote please
    Quote is for £1508.00
    Who the quote is from: Expedia
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Concorde deluxe resort
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates: 1/5/17 till the 15/5/17
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Concorde deluxe hotel
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): all inclusive
    Any specific requirements: sea view double room
    Is an in-flight meal included:yes
    • Aaliyahuk786
    • By Aaliyahuk786 18th Mar 17, 9:20 PM
    • 2 Posts
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    Aaliyahuk786
    Can anyone please beat this quote
    Hi can anyone beat this quote please
    Quote is for £1508.00
    Who the quote is from: Expedia
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Concorde deluxe resort
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates: 1/5/17 till the 15/5/17
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Concorde deluxe hotel
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): all inclusive
    Any specific requirements: sea view double room
    Is an in-flight meal included:yes
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 19th Mar 17, 9:30 AM
    • 485 Posts
    • 105 Thanks
    MATTR5
    Hi Aaliyahuk786

    Thats a good price - make sure it includes hold bags and transfers and if it does go for it

    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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