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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 26th Aug 17, 2:53 PM
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    MATTR5
    re La Siesta
    Hi declangerard

    Thanks for replying to my PM confirming 10 nts

    I cant do much on this but I can beat it

    Monarch like for like we will be £30 cheaper - bear in mind they dont include transfers - you add those on during the booking process but our price £2342 plus transfers - same deposit luggage etc

    If you can do Stansted Ive got a Jet2 flight on 11th August - the total for that one with 3 suitcases is £2296 plus transfers or if you travel light with 2 cases its £2246 plus transfers - deposit £60pp

    Transfers are about £8pp return if you want them

    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.

    Just as a note guys - Im going to be off for the Bank Holiday from Sat pm 26th and back Tuesday AM 29th so wont be replying to any posts
    • KungFuMum
    • By KungFuMum 27th Aug 17, 2:25 PM
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    KungFuMum
    Hi
    Can anyone beat this please?

    The Quote itself: GBP 1865.58
    Who the quote is from: First Choice website
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: First Choice, Villa Mandi
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates: 4/10/17 to 11/10/17
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults, 2 kids (age 8 & 6)
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival):Villa Mandi
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive + Siam Park access
    Any specific requirements: No (slightly flexible on airport and dates)
    Is an in-flight meal included:No
    • atro1
    • By atro1 31st Aug 17, 11:41 AM
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    atro1
    Holiday to Tenerife
    Hi
    Can anyone beat this please?

    The Quote itself: GBP 650
    Who the quote is from: Holidaygems
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: ALBORADA BEACH CLUB
    Costa Del Silencio Tenerife
    The departure Airport/Post:Stansred
    The Holiday Dates: 24/11/17---1/12/2017
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults,
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival)lborada beach
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive
    Any specific requirements: Yes disabledii
    Is an in-flight meal included:No
    Includes transfers but not luggage.
    Be ALERT - The world needs more LERTS
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 31st Aug 17, 11:57 AM
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    MATTR5
    Re tenerife
    Hi atro1

    Thats a good deal - 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.
    • davilown
    • By davilown 1st Sep 17, 9:12 PM
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    davilown
    Hi Guys

    Looking for Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon for 10 or 14 nights with flights and transfer all inclusive please for 2 adults

    leave on or after 16 Jun 18 from London.

    Virgin has it for £3,550 at present - many thanks
    Back in Debt £230,900 on a £230,900 mortgage) Overpayment £238 pm - Aim to be Mortgage free by 2028
    £27000/£27000 paid off Feb 2010 since LBM Jan 2007!
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 2nd Sep 17, 10:43 AM
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    MATTR5
    re Ellaidhoo
    Hi davilown

    Thats a good deal - I can beat it but only by doing a speedboat transfer instead of a seaplane and it wouldnt be a big saving so if you are spending all that money.
    Just as a tip id pick the 14:30 - 09:30 flight out and the 23:00 - 12:35 flight back


    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.
    • davilown
    • By davilown 2nd Sep 17, 10:44 AM
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    davilown
    Hi davilown

    Thats a good deal - I can beat it but only by doing a speedboat transfer instead of a seaplane and it wouldnt be a big saving so if you are spending all that money.
    Just as a tip id pick the 14:30 - 09:30 flight out and the 23:00 - 12:35 flight back


    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
    Thanks for the reply -is that for 10 or 14 nights?
    Cheers
    Back in Debt £230,900 on a £230,900 mortgage) Overpayment £238 pm - Aim to be Mortgage free by 2028
    £27000/£27000 paid off Feb 2010 since LBM Jan 2007!
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 2nd Sep 17, 10:52 AM
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    MATTR5
    re Ellaidhoo
    Hi That was 11 nts - with 9 nts in resort and overnight flight both ways - i matched my flights to theirs

    Ive sent you a code that may get you 5% off which I think is your best bet for saving some money - let me know if it works

    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.
    • davilown
    • By davilown 2nd Sep 17, 10:52 AM
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    davilown
    Thank you very much for your help - I'll let you know later. Cheers
    Back in Debt £230,900 on a £230,900 mortgage) Overpayment £238 pm - Aim to be Mortgage free by 2028
    £27000/£27000 paid off Feb 2010 since LBM Jan 2007!
    • gdbhoy
    • By gdbhoy 2nd Sep 17, 7:38 PM
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    gdbhoy
    Hi
    Can anyone beat this please?

    The Quote itself: GBP 5228
    Who the quote is from: my caribbean holiday
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: virgin, GR Solaris cancun
    The departure Airport/Post: london
    The Holiday Dates: 21/06/18 to 03/07/18
    The number of people travelling: 4 adults, 2 ROOMS
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival):GR SOLARIS CANCUN
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive
    Any specific requirements: No (flexible on airport and dates)
    Is an in-flight meal included:YES
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 3rd Sep 17, 11:27 AM
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    MATTR5
    re Cancun
    Hi gdbhoy

    Sorry cant beat that one - I seeem to be having a bad week - you lot are good at finding best prices

    Just as a reminder to everyone I Guarantee to beat the webprices of Thomas Cook, Jet2Holidays, Monarch Holidays, and Thomson/First Choice (for these ones only its deparures next Summer only - Lates i struggle to beat) - i can also beat most River Cruises or Tour Companies Like Titan, Wendy Wu etc but not sea Cruises (P&O, Royal Caribbean 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.
    • gdbhoy
    • By gdbhoy 3rd Sep 17, 12:31 PM
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    gdbhoy
    Hi,
    Thanks for your quick reply Mattr5.We are still undecided on hotels for cancun.It's between GR Solaris and riu cancun,maybe you can beat this one?


    The Quote itself: GBP 2722 (£2622 with £100 off LHMONTH100)
    Who the quote is fromhomson online
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: british airways, riu cancun
    The departure Airport/Post: london gatwick
    The Holiday Dates: 16/06/18 to 27/06/18 (11 NIGHTS)
    The number of people travelling: 2 adults,
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival):RIU CANCUN
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive
    Any specific requirements: No (flexible on airport and dates)
    Is an in-flight meal included:YES

    Can anyone beat this family holiday to cambrils?


    The Quote itself: GBP 5031
    Who the quote is from:Jet2 Holidays
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: jet2, Best cambrils
    The departure Airport/Post: belfast
    The Holiday Dates: 28/05/18 to 02/06/18 (5 NIGHTS)
    The number of people travelling: 8 adults,5 children aged from 3 to 8 (5 rooms)
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival):Best Cambrils
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive
    Any specific requirements: No (flexible on dates + or - 5 days)
    Is an in-flight meal included:don't think so
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 3rd Sep 17, 12:52 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi gdbhoy

    I can beat the Thomson one but only by a few quid - the code throws me out - you'd be better of going via a cashback site - i can show you how when you call if unsure

    But I can beat the Jet2hols one like for like by at least £100 and I may be able to save you a few hundred more if we jig a few things about and also I'll upgrade you to a Private Return Transfer for £80 if you want (Jet2hols want almost £400 to do this)

    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.
    • chris1012
    • By chris1012 3rd Sep 17, 2:15 PM
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    chris1012
    Hi there,

    I am looking for a holiday from any London Airport for 3 adults, on the 11th September 2017 for 6 nights to ideally either - Turkey (Bodrum or Antalya), Spain (Andalusia - Nerja or near by), Morocco (Fez) or open to other suggestions that comprise of a beach on site or nearby but also close to cultural tourist sites/attractions.

    Looking at 5* Hotels (would be great to have a spa on site but not essential), 1 room (Single and King/Double), All Inclusive or Half Board and transfers all included.

    Budget of around £550

    Many Thanks
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 3rd Sep 17, 2:28 PM
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    MATTR5
    re 6 nt break
    Hi Chris

    Youre not really supposed to put quote requests on this thread - its really a Beat my Price thread so you should post what you wnt to book and see if we can do it any cheaper

    Anyway ive had a lttle look and best we have is 6 nts on the 11/9 to Otium Eco club in Side - this gets 4.5/5 on trip Advisor and has a spa - from Gatwick - 2 rooms all inc inc flights, cabin bags, transfers is £547 each

    I am a Travel Agent
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    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.
    • chris1012
    • By chris1012 6th Sep 17, 12:05 AM
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    chris1012
    Lastminute.com

    Hotel: Rixos Bodrum (All Inclusive) or Voyage Bodrum (All Inclusive)
    Dates: 11/09/2017 - 18/09/2017 (7 nights)
    Departure: Stansted
    Return: Gatwick
    1 Room
    3 Adults
    £675

    Happy to travel from any London airport
    • saintscouple
    • By saintscouple 9th Sep 17, 7:17 AM
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    saintscouple
    Cordial Mogan Playa, Puerto Mogan, Gran Canaria
    Can anyone beat my quote please for the Cordial Mogan Playa (not valle)?
    Quote includes 23kg hold luggage each, and we will arrange our own taxi transfers.
    Would consider Luton / Heathrow / Bristol airports for an earlier departure time, this one being quoted as a 14.20 departure.

    The Quote itself: £1,880.22
    Who the quote is from: Monarch Holidays
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Monarch / Cordial Mogan Playa
    The departure Airport/Post: Birmingham
    The Holiday Dates: 26th June 2018 - 14 Nights
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Cordial Mogan Playa
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): HB
    Any specific requirements: None - Flexible 3+- days
    Is an in-flight meal included: No
    Transfers Included: No

    Thank you
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 9th Sep 17, 10:00 AM
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    MATTR5
    re Cordial Mogan Playa
    Hi Sainstcouple

    You've definitely found the cheapest price on an afternoon flight - I cant save you much but like for like we would be £1858 - all with Monatrch Hols so same flights, luggage, reps, deposit £59pp etc

    The morning flights are tougher - the only one I can see is Thomsons from Luton on 25/6 at 07.15 - but Thomsons want £2400 for that (this does inc a private taxi the other end and free select your seat) so its a fair bit more - the best I can get that down to is £2348

    So unless you really really want a morning flight the Monarch looks the best deal so give me a shout if you want to book

    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.
    • Sup3rArsenal
    • By Sup3rArsenal 10th Sep 17, 5:52 PM
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    Sup3rArsenal
    The Quote itself: £7582.46
    Who the quote is from: Thomson
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Thomson/Thomson/Disney Caribbean Beach Resort
    The departure Airport/Post: LGW
    The Holiday Dates: 25/7/18- 8/8/18
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults, 2 kids (7 & 9 on return)
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Disney Caribbean Beach Resort
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Disney Park tickets 14 days Inc. 14 day quick meals
    Any specific requirements:
    Is an in-flight meal included: Yes + seat allocation and bus transfer hotel
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 10th Sep 17, 6:32 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi Sup3rArsenal

    I can do this like for like with Thomsons including all the extras - seats, coach transfers, park tickets with quick dining so exactly like for like - still with Thomsons for £7382 saving you £200

    We can do the same low deposit of £75 per person now and rest of deposit in 8 weeks

    We will also help you book the seats when it opens and submit passports 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.
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