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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
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    • Bearslovehoney
    • By Bearslovehoney 11th Oct 17, 6:50 AM
    • 4 Posts
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    Bearslovehoney
    Hello,
    I've been quoted
    £3353
    Globales Amirante Farragut
    20/7/18 for 7 nights
    All inclusive
    3 adults, 2 children aged 13 & 17
    Birmingham to Menorca including transfers, good daytime flight times.
    First choice.
    Can go anytime between 20/7 and 26/7 for 7-11 nights.
    Would like all inclusive.
    Can fly from Heathrow, gatwick,Luton, Birmingham, Bristol.
    Anything cheaper?
    Thank you
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 11th Oct 17, 8:00 AM
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    MATTR5
    Hi Bearslovehoney

    I can save uou £60 on this so my price like for like with Thomsons flights, bags, reps, transfers, ABTA/ATOL protection would be £3293

    Mattr5

    I am a Travel Agent
    Ive 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 a heads up guys - we are GUARANTEEING to beat any price with Jet2holidays and Thomas Cook for the rest of October - just post your price on here - that includes beating the Thomas Cook new online and instore code advertising £176 off per booking! (Summer 18 departures over £1000)
    Last edited by MATTR5; 13-10-2017 at 2:59 PM.
    • squinty
    • By squinty 19th Oct 17, 8:21 PM
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    squinty
    The Quote itself: £2141 pp ( less potential 5% quidco cashback)
    Who the quote is from: TUI website
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: TUI / TUI Premium Club/ Secrets Vallarta Bay
    The departure Airport/Post: LGW
    The Holiday Dates: 15 to 29 June
    The number of people traveling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): all inclusive
    Any specific requirements: Premium Club Flights / Transfers included
    Is an in-flight meal included: yes
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 20th Oct 17, 9:57 AM
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    MATTR5
    re Secrets Vallarta
    Hi Squinty

    I can beat that price but not the cashback so you are best booking direct

    Mattr5

    I am a Travel Agent
    Ive 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
    • squinty
    • By squinty 22nd Oct 17, 9:56 PM
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    squinty
    Change of plan !!
    The Quote itself: £1311 pp ( less potential 1% quidco cashback)
    Who the quote is from: TUI website
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: TUI / Cornelia De Luxe / swim up room
    The departure Airport/Post: EMA
    The Holiday Dates: 1 June 2018 for 14 nights
    The number of people traveling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): all inclusive
    Any specific requirements: inc transfers
    Is an in-flight meal included: yes
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 23rd Oct 17, 10:51 AM
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    MATTR5
    re Turkey
    Hi Squinty -

    I could just beat this at £1289 per person

    Mattr5

    I am a Travel Agent
    Ive 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 a reminder guys - we are GUARANTEEING to beat any price with Jet2holidays and Thomas Cook for the rest of October - just post your price on here - that includes beating the Thomas Cook new online and instore code advertising £176 off per booking! (Summer 18 departures over £1000)
    • sujman
    • By sujman 24th Oct 17, 3:37 PM
    • 523 Posts
    • 268 Thanks
    sujman
    The Quote itself: £1,775.56 (not used cashback site)
    Who the quote is from: tui.co.uk (quoted online)
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Thomson / Hotel Portaventura
    The departure Airport/Post: BHX - REU
    The Holiday Dates: 13.07.18 to 20.07.18 (7 nights). Depart BHX 0750, Depart REU 1210
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 Adults, 1 Child (8yrs)
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Hotel Portaventura
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Half Board
    Any specific requirements: Ideally pool view with balcony, near reception
    Is an in-flight meal included: Don't know (not necessary)

    Includes £62.00 for private taxi transfer
    Includes £41.00 Select your Seat x 3
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 24th Oct 17, 4:45 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi Sujman

    I would be about £10 cheaper so you should be able to do better with cashback

    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

    Just a reminder guys - we are GUARANTEEING to beat any price with Jet2holidays and Thomas Cook for the rest of October - just post your price on here - that includes beating the Thomas Cook new online and instore code advertising £176 off per booking! (Summer 18 departures over £1000)
    • Ronnie Kilcot
    • By Ronnie Kilcot 31st Oct 17, 1:07 AM
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    Ronnie Kilcot
    Mexico Dec 17 - all Incl...can you improve on this quote please?
    Hi - new to Thread and to All Inclusive. Would Really appreciate any improvements to this quote as we are eager to confirm over the next 48hrs before we lose the deal online - thanks
    The Quote itself: 2537.18
    Who the quote is from:TUI
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Sensimar - TUI direct
    The departure Airport/Post: Gatwick
    The Holiday Dates: 13/12/17 - 24/12 11 nights
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 (no kids)
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival):Riveria Maya
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All inclusive
    Any specific requirements: adults only
    Is an in-flight meal included: Yes
    There would be some flexibility in dates but only Later into Dec and we can go to other airports - we are closest to BHX
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 31st Oct 17, 9:14 AM
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    MATTR5
    re Mexico
    Hi Ronnie

    I cant beat TUI on their own hotels late deals so I'll have to pass on this one

    Mattr5

    I am a Travel Agent
    Ive 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
    • emeraldbugle
    • By emeraldbugle 2nd Nov 17, 10:04 AM
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    • 544 Thanks
    emeraldbugle
    The Quote itself: £5000.08
    Who the quote is from: First Choice
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Thomson/Grand Palladium Jamaica
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates:21st Aug 2018 - 14 nights
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages):1 adult, 2 children both 14
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival):Grand Palladium Jamaica
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All inclusive
    Any specific requirements:No
    Is an in-flight meal included: Yes

    Thanks
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 2nd Nov 17, 10:48 AM
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    • 135 Thanks
    MATTR5
    Hi Emerald Bugle

    I can beat this one by £90 like for like so i'd be £4910 total cost - same deposit/flights/reps/room etc etc

    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
    • emeraldbugle
    • By emeraldbugle 2nd Nov 17, 12:10 PM
    • 1,048 Posts
    • 544 Thanks
    emeraldbugle
    The Quote itself: £8880
    Who the quote is from: First Choice
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Thomson/Grand Palladium Jamaica
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates:21st Aug 2018 - 14 nights
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages):2 adult, 4 children 17,17,7,5
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival):Grand Palladium Jamaica - 2 Junior Suites
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All inclusive
    Any specific requirements:No
    Is an in-flight meal included: Yes

    Thanks
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 2nd Nov 17, 12:20 PM
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    • 135 Thanks
    MATTR5
    Hi Emerald Bugle

    I can beat this one by £190 like for like so i'd be £8690 total cost - same deposit/flights/reps/room etc etc

    However - there is a problem - there are only 2 rooms left that date and i you all go you need three

    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
    • AIQUEEN
    • By AIQUEEN 8th Nov 17, 1:46 PM
    • 2 Posts
    • 0 Thanks
    AIQUEEN
    Hurghada for family of 4
    Hey guys really need your help please to beat this quote.

    The Quote itself:£ 2402.00
    Who the quote is from: Booking.com & skyscanner
    Is there a booking fee:No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel:
    Turkish airlines
    Cleopatra luxury resort makadi bay
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates:25.07.01 to 01.08.18
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages):
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): cleopatra luxury resort makadi bay
    The Board (self catering/half board etc)LL INCLUSIVE
    Any specific requirements: Can amend travel dates from 20 july to 23 august(during school holidays).
    Require a family room with three double beds or adjoing rooms x 2
    Is an in-flight meal included:YES

    Thanks!!
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 8th Nov 17, 1:59 PM
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    • 135 Thanks
    MATTR5
    Hi Aiqueen

    Nothing I can do on this one im afraid

    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
    • hullome
    • By hullome 17th Nov 17, 6:58 PM
    • 2 Posts
    • 12 Thanks
    hullome
    Hi,

    I've been quoted £200 per person for 11 people to Malia in the first week of July, 7 nights, self catered at Marianna Studios, everything included except transfers. Arrangement of rooms doesn't really matter, just looking to make it as cheap as possible.

    Thanks
    Isaac
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 20th Nov 17, 1:03 PM
    • 596 Posts
    • 135 Thanks
    MATTR5
    Hi hullome

    Sorry ive been away for a few days so missed this - that sounds pretty cheap if it includes flights so I hope you got booked

    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
    • sara_b
    • By sara_b 23rd Nov 17, 8:54 PM
    • 7 Posts
    • 0 Thanks
    sara_b
    The Quote itself:£1838.97
    Who the quote is from: Alpharooms
    Is there a booking fee:No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Grande Real Villa Italia, Cascais
    The departure Airport/Post: n/a hotel only
    The Holiday Dates:02.08.17 to 11.08.17
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 3 - 2 x adults 1 x 14yr old
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Grande Real Villa Italia, Cascais
    The Board (self catering/half board etc) B&B
    Any specific requirements: need 3 in room - hotel states over 12's as adults
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 23rd Nov 17, 9:07 PM
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    • 135 Thanks
    MATTR5
    re Cascais
    Hi Sara

    I can beat the price on this - my price would be £1798 saving you £40

    Mattr5

    I am a Travel Agent
    Ive 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 a reminder guys I am guaranteeing to beat all Thomas Cook and Jet2holidays prices - and you will still be booked with them - also Thomson/TUI Summer 18 onwards only - again same flights/reps etc and inc Black Friday discounts
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