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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 29th Sep 17, 9:12 AM
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    MATTR5
    Thank you gdbhoy - that's really appreciated. Really chuffed i was able to save you a good amount on this holiday and I hope you have a brilliant holiday

    Mattr5
    I am a Travel Agent
    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
    • michaelam
    • By michaelam 29th Sep 17, 11:12 AM
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    michaelam
    Flights to Japan and Australia
    Best price we have found so far is £4,600 but a couple of months ago (before we knew we could get time off work) it was nearer to £2,500. So a very big difference we hope you can help with:

    Flights:

    1) MAN - FUK (Fukuoka) Flight after 9pm on 06/04/18 (would consider flight on 07-08/04/18 if hugely cheaper)

    2) FUK - PER (Perth) between dates 18/04/18 - 20/04/18

    3) PER - MAN leave on 25/04/18

    Passengers = 2 adults, 1 x 3 year old (will turn 4 in Australia) and a 1 year old.


    I hope I have provided sufficient details.

    Thank you everyone!!!!!!!!
    Last edited by michaelam; 29-09-2017 at 11:31 AM.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 29th Sep 17, 1:33 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi michaelam

    Sorry I cant help on this one

    Mattr5

    I am a Travel Agent
    Ive 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
    • boaba1
    • By boaba1 2nd Oct 17, 8:40 PM
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    boaba1
    The Quote itself: £4060
    Who the quote is from: jet2
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: jet 2 hotel marina benidorm
    The departure Airport/Post: manchester
    The Holiday Dates: 16/8/2018 to 26/8/2018
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 4 adult 2 kids age 12 and 8
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival):marina benidorm
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): half board
    Any specific requirements: balcony
    Is an in-flight meal included: no
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 2nd Oct 17, 8:56 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi boaba1

    I can do this for £3985 saving you £75

    Thats like for like all with Jet2hols inc half board, balcony upgrade, 22kg luggage each and transfers

    I may be able to save you more - i'll explain how when you call

    Mattr5

    I am a Travel Agent
    Ive 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
    • declangerard
    • By declangerard 2nd Oct 17, 9:16 PM
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    declangerard
    Hi,

    I'm looking to see if the following quote can be beat


    The Quote itself: £2372.30
    Who the quote is from: Monarch Holidays
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Monarch
    The departure Airport/Post: London Gatwick
    The Holiday Dates: 1st August 2018 or 26th July 2018 - 10 nights
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults & 1 child- 13
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Hotel La Siesta
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Half Board
    Any specific requirements: No
    Is an in-flight meal included: No

    Fairly Flexible on Dates between 24th July and mid August. Can also fly from any London airport or Bournemouth or Southampton also.

    Many Thanks
    Declan
    Originally posted by declangerard
    As you can probably gather I booked this monarch holiday!!! Anyway I'm looking around for the La Siesta and the cheapest I can find is 2140ish for 7 nights.

    Can anyone get me near for 10 nights?
    • cardigan29
    • By cardigan29 2nd Oct 17, 11:17 PM
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    cardigan29
    Hi cardigan29

    This seems to be showing on Jet2hols today at £2874 but no biggie i can still beat your price

    Like for like with jet2hols, same deposit, baggage, transfers, reps etc our price is £2794 saving you £70 on your price and £100 on the current 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.
    Originally posted by MATTR5
    Thanks Matt and for your help in booking this - every bit helps!
    • depressed_but_determined
    • By depressed_but_determined 3rd Oct 17, 6:52 AM
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    depressed_but_determined
    The Quote itself: £1869 pp
    Who the quote is from: thomson/first choice
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Tui sensimar seaside suites, Riviera maya
    The departure Airport/Post: glasgow
    The Holiday Dates: 07/06/2018 to 21/06/2018
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): all inclusive
    Any specific requirements: no
    Is an in-flight meal included: yes
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    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 3rd Oct 17, 8:41 AM
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    MATTR5
    re La Siesta
    Hi Decaln

    I can get you £2040 on 26th July for 7 nts beating your best recent price by £100

    I cant find anything decent price wise for 10 nts sorry - best is £2600 ish

    I am a Travel Agent
    Ive 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
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 3rd Oct 17, 8:43 AM
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    MATTR5
    Hi Cardigan

    Thank you and im really glad i was able to help - have a great trip

    Mattr5
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 3rd Oct 17, 8:48 AM
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    MATTR5
    re Sensimar
    Hi depressed but detemined

    I can save you £40 per person on this so £1829 each

    I am a Travel Agent
    Ive 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
    • ariarnia
    • By ariarnia 3rd Oct 17, 10:57 AM
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    ariarnia
    Good Morning.

    I'm just starting to look at options for a vegas trip and I'm wondering if anyone can beat this quote:

    Quote $1622
    Quote from LasVegas.com
    2 adults
    Flying to/from Manchester
    10 days - 5th Feb to 15th Feb
    Downtown Grand Casino and Hotel



    We're relaxed about dates. It has to be after the 2nd Feb and can be for 10-14 nights. Also happy to fly to/from London if it's easier.

    Quoted flights are around 14 hours. Happy to go slower, but no more than 20 hours.

    Not committed to a specific hotel but it needs to be either on the strip or on/near Fremont St (downtown) and we don't care about a casino or parking.

    Thank you in advance for your help
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    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 3rd Oct 17, 11:17 AM
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    MATTR5
    re Las Vegas
    Hi ariarnia

    Nothing i can do on this one sorry

    I am a Travel Agent
    Ive 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
    • ashee
    • By ashee 7th Oct 17, 12:28 PM
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    ashee
    Holiday Package
    - 8 adults
    - 3 children ages 9,10 and 12
    - Dates 31 March 2018-12 April 2018
    - From Manchester airport to Jeddah
    - 12 days
    - Turkish airlines
    - 6 nights Makkah in Conrad Makkah bed and breakfast
    - Transfers to medina
    - 6 nights medina in majlis grand mercure hotel medina bed and breakfast
    - Transfer to Jeddah and flights back to Manchester
    Price is £12000
    Three rooms , one with double bed
    Another with two double beds
    Third room with two double beds and a single bed

    Can anyone beat this quote please?
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 7th Oct 17, 1:20 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Jeddah
    Hi Ashee

    Nothing i can do on this one sorry - I dont think Ive sold a trip to Saudi Arabia ever lol

    I am a Travel Agent
    Ive 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

    Just a heads up guys - we are GUARANTEEING to beat any price with Jet2holidays and Thomas Cook for the next 2 weeks - just post your price on here
    Last edited by MATTR5; 07-10-2017 at 1:20 PM. Reason: name
    • gdbhoy
    • By gdbhoy 8th Oct 17, 12:11 PM
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    gdbhoy
    The Quote itself: £747.32
    Who the quote is from: sunshine
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: thomas cook/la penita apartments
    The departure Airport/Post: belfast
    The Holiday Dates: 15/02/2018 - 22/02/2018
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival):/la penita apartments
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): self catering
    Any specific requirements:no
    Is an in-flight meal included: no

    Just check this holiday again on sunshine and it's now unavailable.So here the new quote.

    The Quote itself: £737.98
    Who the quote is from: thomas cook
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: thomas cook/la penita apartments
    The departure Airport/Post: belfast
    The Holiday Dates: 22/02/2018 - 01/03/2018
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival):/la penita apartments
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): self catering
    Any specific requirements:no
    Is an in-flight meal included: no
    Last edited by gdbhoy; 08-10-2017 at 12:58 PM. Reason: New holiday quote
    • boomamark
    • By boomamark 8th Oct 17, 4:56 PM
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    boomamark
    The Quote itself: total £1852.38 seats included
    Who the quote is from: thomson
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Tui/tui/sylvia in hersonissos
    The departure Airport/Post: East midlands
    The Holiday Dates: 17/08/2018 to 31/08/2018
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults and 2 kids 14 and 9 year old
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): self catering
    Any specific requirements: no
    Is an in-flight meal included: no

    we can fly from Manchester,Leeds,Liverpool, East Mids or Doncaster on dates between 16th and 19th august to any Greek island.

    thank you
    Mark
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 8th Oct 17, 5:17 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi gdbhoy

    Yes i can do this like for like for £687.98 saving you £50

    I am a Travel Agent
    Ive 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

    Just a heads up guys - we are GUARANTEEING to beat any price with Jet2holidays and Thomas Cook for the next 2 weeks - just post your price on here
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 8th Oct 17, 5:27 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi boomamark

    Not a huge amount i can save you on this one - My price would be £1822 saving you £30

    Whether you book it with me or book direct be quick as its the last one that date - i cant see anything brilliant with anyone else

    I am a Travel Agent
    Ive 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

    Just a heads up guys - we are GUARANTEEING to beat any price with Jet2holidays and Thomas Cook for the next 2 weeks - just post your price on here
    • gdbhoy
    • By gdbhoy 10th Oct 17, 1:34 PM
    • 6 Posts
    • 2 Thanks
    gdbhoy
    Thanks to MATTR5 who save us £100 on a holiday today.That's £500 saved of two holiday's.
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