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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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    • l0islane
    • By l0islane 29th Mar 17, 2:15 PM
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    l0islane
    Hi

    Iím looking for a package holiday to Argassi (Zante) leaving in the first week of September staying in a 3* or above hotel. At the moment Iím leaning towards this (I donít mind different flight times, but I donít want to be hanging around until the early hours of the morning Ė Iím taking my elderly mother!). Happy to go self-catering.

    The Quote itself: £411 pp (including baggage and transfers)
    Who the quote is from: HolidayHypermarket
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Thomson/Thomson Airways/Contessa Hotel
    The departure Airport/Post: London Gatwick
    The Holiday Dates: 5th September Ė 12th September
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Contessa Hotel (Argassi, Zante)
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): B&B
    Any specific requirements:
    Iíve gone for more expensive flights as the cheapest flights mean we leave at 5am. This price includes these flights:
    Outward 13.30-18.55
    Return 19.55-21.25
    Is an in-flight meal included: No

    Thanks
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 29th Mar 17, 2:41 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi l0islane

    I cant beat that one - they are actually doing that for about £40pp less than their website so its a cracking price

    The only real option Ive got is from Stansted on the 4th Sep
    Departs: 14:35 Arrival: 20:05
    Coming Back: Monday 11th Sep 2017
    Departs: 20:50 Arrival: 22:20

    Agoulas inn on the Seafront in Argassi - 3* self catering inc flights, 20kg bags, and Transfers for £307 per person

    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.
    • AIQUEEN
    • By AIQUEEN 31st Mar 17, 1:37 PM
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    AIQUEEN
    Hi can anyone beat this quote pls ?
    T]he Quote itself:1900
    Who the quote is from:atlas travel
    Is there a booking fee:no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel:emirates airline a
    The departure Airport/Post:manchetser
    The Holiday Dates:23.05.2017 TO 31 MAY 2017
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival):Habtoor Grand resort and spa Dubai
    The Board (self catering/half board etc):half board
    Any specific requirements: tower ocean front room
    Is an in-flight meal included:yes[/B]
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 31st Mar 17, 2:49 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi A1Queen

    Sorry im more expensive on this one

    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.
    • alice31
    • By alice31 2nd Apr 17, 6:56 PM
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    alice31
    The Quote itself: £2664.95
    Who the quote is from: On the Beach
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Flights with EasyJet EZY8703 and EZY8704
    The departure Airport/Post: LGW
    The Holiday Dates: 18th - 25th September 2017
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 3 adults, 1 child (2 yrs) and 1 infant
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): HD Cristobal Parque Hotel
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All inclusive in 2 bedroom bungalow
    Any specific requirements: Includes 4 x 20 kg baggage allowance and speedy shuttle shared transfers
    Is an in-flight meal included: No


    We have been quoted £2434.00 from Sunshine.co.uk but reviews seem to suggest they're not reputable.

    Ready to book immediately.

    Thanks
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 2nd Apr 17, 7:09 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi ALICE31

    Sorry i 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.
    • fuzed
    • By fuzed 6th Apr 17, 1:05 PM
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    fuzed
    Makadi Bay -
    The Quote itself: £732 per person.

    Who the quote is from: goldentickettravels.co.uk

    Is there a booking fee: No

    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: MT872

    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester

    The Holiday Dates: 20th - 30th October 2017

    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults

    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): The Grand Makadi

    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All inclusive standard room

    Any specific requirements: Includes baggage allowance and transfers

    Is an in-flight meal included: Not Checked - thomas cook, so I assume so.

    I'm a little flexible on the dates, can fly out a few days earlier if need be, its a quick little honeymoon, so wanted something half decent.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 6th Apr 17, 1:39 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Grand Makadi
    Hi Fused

    Ive actually stayed at this hotel - very nice

    OK so the full price is £797 soi theyve given you a big discount already - but I can still beat them and get it down to £720 per person. Everything like for like

    The meal on the flight isnt included with that Tour Op by the way

    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.
    • fuzed
    • By fuzed 6th Apr 17, 1:41 PM
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    fuzed
    Hi Fused

    Ive actually stayed at this hotel - very nice

    OK so the full price is £797 soi theyve given you a big discount already - but I can still beat them and get it down to £720 per person. Everything like for like

    The meal on the flight isnt included with that Tour Op by the way

    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
    Sounds good, I'll read and reply to your PM, thanks
    • fuzed
    • By fuzed 7th Apr 17, 11:54 AM
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    fuzed
    Sounds good, I'll read and reply to your PM, thanks
    Originally posted by fuzed
    Just to update, spoke to matt this morning, and a lovely guy, did what he said, at the price he quoted, which was pretty good... so I've booked, and shall be off to Makadi Bay in October with the Mrs to be.

    Thanks Matt.

    • l0islane
    • By l0islane 16th Apr 17, 10:11 AM
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    l0islane
    The Quote itself: £664.20 (total for 2 people)
    Who the quote is from: Thomson
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Thomson, Katerina Palace Studio
    The departure Airport/Post: Gatwick - Zante
    The Holiday Dates: 5th Sept - 13th Sept (hotel until the 12th)
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Katerina Palace Studio
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): self catering
    Any specific requirements: I'm planning to buy an extra night separately for the 12th - 13th so we aren't hanging around in the early hours for the flight - this is an additional £39 online, if you can include this in your quote great, but no problem if not, I'll just book it myself as I'm intending if I book the holiday with Thomson. Thanks
    Is an in-flight meal included: No
    • mgriff5
    • By mgriff5 16th Apr 17, 11:39 AM
    • 48 Posts
    • 88 Thanks
    mgriff5
    Cuba
    Hi There

    Happy Easter and thanks for reading. We are looking to see if anyone can beat this deal, thank you

    The Quote itself: £2,270 (£2,370 - £100 with DEAL100 code)
    Who the quote is from: Thomas Cook
    Is there a booking fee: price above includes everything
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotelhomas Cook
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates: 22nd May 2017 for 7 nights
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults, 2 kids (Aged 6 and 4)
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Hotel Playa Pesquero, Holguin
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All inclusive
    Any specific requirements: sea view (holiday is a 10th wedding anniversary), 1 room only (not spilt adults/kids in 2 rooms)
    Is an in-flight meal included: yes

    thanks!
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 16th Apr 17, 11:54 AM
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    MATTR5
    re Zante
    Hi

    The usual im afraid - this is cheapest to book with Thomsons. Do cashback for extra saving

    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 16th Apr 17, 12:00 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Playa Pesquero
    Hi Mgriff5

    We can definitely beat this like for like

    So Thomas cook inc £100 is £2270 as you say

    Our price is £2190 saving you a further £80

    They are not showing any seaview rooms available but we can chat about that when you book - yes thats all one room - everything is basically like for like and you will still be going with Thomas Cooks so same reps, inflt meals, transfers, Tourist Card free etc etc

    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.
    • clairebear01
    • By clairebear01 19th Apr 17, 12:03 PM
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    clairebear01
    Beat My Quote
    The Quote itself: £157pp
    Who the quote is from: Love Holidays
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Monarch/ Benidorm 4*
    The departure Airport/Post: Birmingham
    The Holiday Dates: 15/12/2017 to 18/12/2017
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Flash Hotel
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): B&B
    Any specific requirements: No
    Is an in-flight meal included: No

    Hand luggage only. No transfer included. Need's to be these exact dates.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 19th Apr 17, 12:48 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Flash
    Hi Claire

    I cant beat that

    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.
    • Rebster
    • By Rebster 23rd Apr 17, 11:51 AM
    • 148 Posts
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    Rebster
    The Quote itself: £392pp
    Who the quote is from: First choice
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: First choice
    The departure Airport/Post: Doncaster Sheffield
    The Holiday Dates: 1st-5th July
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival):Globales Almirante Farragut Hotel, Menorca
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): all inclusive
    Any specific requirements: no
    Is an in-flight meal included: no
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 23rd Apr 17, 11:57 AM
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    • 108 Thanks
    MATTR5
    re menorca
    Hi Rebster

    Sorry Thomsons/First Choice late deals are cheapest to book direct at the moment so we cant beat this one

    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.
    • hairbrain05
    • By hairbrain05 26th Apr 17, 10:50 AM
    • 413 Posts
    • 1,049 Thanks
    hairbrain05
    Portugal
    The Quote itself: £2,527.74 in Total minus baggage
    Who the quote is from: On the Beach
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Ryan Air, Oceano Turisticos Apartments, Portimao
    The departure Airport/Post: Glasgow Prestick
    The Holiday Dates: 28th July - 7th August
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults, 3 kids (ages 16, 14 and 5)
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Oceano Turisticos Apartments, Portimao
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Self Catering 2 bedroom
    Any specific requirements: no
    Is an in-flight meal included: no
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 26th Apr 17, 11:21 AM
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    MATTR5
    Hi hairbrain05

    Nothing I can do on this one sorry

    Just as a reminder to everyone Ryanair and Thomson lates we struggle to beat
    Thomas Cook/Jet2holidays/Monarch - we guarantee to beat

    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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