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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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    • Tracy1066
    • By Tracy1066 21st Jun 17, 7:57 PM
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    Tracy1066
    Can anyone beat this please?
    • The Quote itself:
    • Who the quote is fromhomson
    • Is there a booking fee:no
    • The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel:Riu Palace Playacar
    • The departure Airport/Post:LGW
    • The Holiday Dates:14jan 2018 for 14 nights flexible dates
    • The number of people travelling (inc kids ages):2
    • The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival):5
    • The Board (self catering/half board etc : All inc
    • Any specific requirementsremium class
    • Is an in-flight meal included:yes
    this is our honeymoon so all help and tips gratefully received , tia
    Last edited by Tracy1066; 21-06-2017 at 7:59 PM.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 21st Jun 17, 8:20 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Riu Palace PlAYACAR
    Hi Tracy

    You didnt put the price youve had but looking at their website I get a total price of £4369.90 for 2 Adults inc the Premium Seats upgrade

    I cant save you a lot but we would be £4319 going on the 14th or £4269 going on the 15th Jan for 2 Adults both dates inc the Premium Seats upgrade

    Everything with Thomsons and like for like so inc luggage, transfers 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.
    • Tracy1066
    • By Tracy1066 22nd Jun 17, 1:57 PM
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    Tracy1066
    Thank you so much
    • Beachy579
    • By Beachy579 22nd Jun 17, 7:02 PM
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    Beachy579
    Hi

    Could anyone beat this Quote.

    The Quote itself: £1348
    Who the quote is from: love holiday
    Is there a booking fee:
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Bodrum Holiday Resort&Spa
    The departure Airport/Post: Edinburgh
    The Holiday Dates: 21/10/17 7nts
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 x adult 2x child (14&13)
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival):
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All inclusive
    Any specific requirements:
    Is an in-flight meal included:

    I can travel from all north airports

    Thanks
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 23rd Jun 17, 9:28 AM
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    MATTR5
    re Bodrun
    Hi Beachy

    Looking at Loveholidays site to match your price it looks like you've included transfers and 2 hold bags

    If so we can beat their price by £50 like for like

    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.
    • AceT
    • By AceT 29th Jun 17, 10:40 AM
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    AceT
    Turkey deal
    Hi

    Could anyone beat this Quote.

    The Quote itself: £3575
    Who the quote is from: Monarch holidays
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Monarch
    The departure Airport/Post: London Luton or Gatwick
    The Holiday Dates: 15/8/17 or 16/8/17 10nts
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 x adult 2x child (13 & 10)
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Club Letoonia
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All inclusive
    Any specific requirements:
    Is an in-flight meal included:
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 29th Jun 17, 12:21 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Club Letoonia
    Hi AceT

    Ive looked on Monarch and I cant find this price - its nearer £4000

    If you can find it call me as we have a webmatch so i will beat any genuine total by £25

    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.
    • takethemon
    • By takethemon 4th Jul 17, 11:34 AM
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    takethemon
    Hi. Can anyone beat this quote from First Choice please?


    Hotel : Venosa Beach and Spa
    Flying out of Manchester am 16.10.17 to Bodrum Airport
    Returning 30.10.17 to Manchester.
    All inclusive, including transfers.
    2 Adults
    Thomson Airways
    £1326.32


    Thank you.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 4th Jul 17, 11:57 AM
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    MATTR5
    Hi takethemon

    We can beat this price by a bit - not a huge amount

    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.
    • moneywisher
    • By moneywisher 4th Jul 17, 5:22 PM
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    moneywisher
    Can anyone beat this please?
    Can anyone beat this quote please?

    The Quote itself:4834
    Who the quote is from: Thomson
    Is there a booking fee:no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotelhomson
    The departure Airport/Post: Cardiff
    The Holiday Dates:22.08.17 (or earlier) for 14 nights
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages):2 adults and 2 children aged 6 and 12
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival):Condesa de la bahia
    The Board (self catering/half board etc : All inclusive
    Any specific requirements: No
    Is an in-flight meal included:No

    Many thanks for your help
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 4th Jul 17, 5:34 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi moneywisher

    We can beat this price by quite a lot - over £400 so i wonder if there is an extra we havent included - I've messaged you my number so you can let me know

    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.

    ps Thank you takethemon for your booking today - much appreciated
    • hd7481
    • By hd7481 8th Jul 17, 12:31 PM
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    hd7481
    Hi Matt - me again!

    I am just looking at 2018 right now, mainly as the weather in Scotland is shocking and I need something to look forward to next summer.

    I have found the following all inclusive deal and wondered if you could do something with it? Pretty flexible with dates from the 28th/29th June 2018 to 6 weeks after this (school hols) from Any scotland, Newcastle or Manchester. Not sure when the best time to book for summer 2018?

    The Quote itself: £2900.60
    Who the quote is from: On The Beach
    Is there a booking fee:no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Thomas Cook
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates:03/07/18 for 14 nights
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages):2 adults and 3 children aged 3 and 6 and 8
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival):Kusadasi Golf and Spa Resort
    Any specific requirements: No
    Is an in-flight meal included:No

    Obvs need to add on bags too.

    Many thanks :-)
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 8th Jul 17, 12:52 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi hd7481

    I can do this on the 30th June from Manchester for £2797 saving you just over £100 and that price includes Transfers - bags are extra so just let me know amount you want to add

    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.
    • bengalknights
    • By bengalknights 10th Jul 17, 8:54 PM
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    bengalknights
    Emirates Holiday Quote
    Hi

    Could anyone beat this Quote?

    The Quote itself: £7478
    Who the quote is from: Emirates holidays (Multicentre)
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Emirates business class/Kuredu Maldives/Palace Dubai
    The departure Airport/Post: Birminghan BHX
    The Holiday Dates: 09/12/17 to 24/12/17 (7 nights Maldives 6 Nights Dubai)
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 x adult
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Kuredu Maldives/Palace Downtown Dubai
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All inclusive/B&B
    Any specific requirements: Business Class Emirates
    Is an in-flight meal included:Yes

    Willing to swap the dubai hotel to any downtown (Rove/Roda/Address if cheaper)
    Last edited by bengalknights; 10-07-2017 at 9:05 PM. Reason: Omitted too state multicentre
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 11th Jul 17, 2:44 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi bengalknights

    Yes we can beat this like for like and do it for £6973 exactly saving you just over 3500

    If you do the Address Dubai Marina its even cheaper but I dont have the Address Downtown those dates

    Ive included the room upgrade at Kuredu as per our Private Messages and Seaplane Transfers there - I havent included Transfers in Dubai but these only add £50 to the total so still well ahead

    Hope its of interest

    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.
    • vernall
    • By vernall 14th Jul 17, 6:38 PM
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    vernall
    Hi

    Could anyone beat this quote?(bit of a long shot I know)

    Must be departing Manchester 11.55am and then to return leaving Orlando at !5.19 with the connection in Atlanta arriving back in Manchester 07.00

    The quote itself: £914.49
    Who the quote is from: Netflights
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel:Netflights....Virgin(outbound) Delta(incoming).....Holiday Inn Orlando SW Celebration Area
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates: 6/11/17 - 13/11/17 - 7 Nights
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 x adult
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Holiday Inn Orlando SW Celebration Area
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Room Only
    Any specific requirements: No
    Is an in-flight meal included:Yes
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 14th Jul 17, 7:03 PM
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    MATTR5
    RE Orlando
    Hi vernall

    No - easy one this one - cant beat it - dont have the 1155 flight cheap sorry

    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.


    Hi Guys - Just a note I'm away tomorrow and Sunday so wont be able to beat any prices until Monday - Thanks
    • magough
    • By magough 15th Jul 17, 11:56 PM
    • 28 Posts
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    magough
    Hi Matt,
    Sorry for not replying sooner but due to family emergency, we weren't sure if we'd still be able t0 go.
    Happy to say it's back on and i'm looking to book asap.
    Slight change in that we actually want to go for 2 weeks now.
    Can go any time in August but need to be back by 1st/2nd September and need to go from Gatwick or Heathrow.
    The cheapest i've found for the Tasia Maris Sands is with Thomson and it's with a Superior Penthouse twin room with sea view and large balcony.

    The quote itself: £2056
    Who the quote is from: Thomson
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Thomson/Tasia Maris Sands Hotel
    The departure Airport/Post: Gatwick
    The Holiday Dates: 10/08/17 - 14 Nights
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 x adult
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Tasia Maris Sands Hotel
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Half Board
    Any specific requirements: Seaview
    Is an in-flight meal included: No

    Please let me know if you can beat it.

    Many thanks.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 16th Jul 17, 4:59 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Tasia Maris
    Thomsons - I hate them lol (joke)

    I'd only be be £10pp cheaper than the live website price so you'll probably do better with cashback

    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.
    • whispony
    • By whispony 18th Jul 17, 1:10 PM
    • 84 Posts
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    whispony
    Thailand October
    Hi I have a quote from Trailfinders for a trip to Hua Hin in October for £2720.00 can it be beaten.
    Flights with Emirates from Glasgow 7th October return 21st October.
    Stop over in Dubai for 2 nights 8th and 9th at Taj Dubai
    10th - 19th October in Antantara Hua Hin resort
    19th and 20th Anantara Riverside Bangkok
    Includes all transfers.
    Or as long as the dates are the same I am open to other suggestions.
    TIA
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