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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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    • sara_b
    • By sara_b 23rd Nov 17, 9:39 PM
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    sara_b
    Hi Mattr5 that's great. we'd actually need another room for friends from 4th August, checkout 14th August - same hotel Grande Real Villa Italia. 2 adults and 1 x 13yr old. How much would that cost?
    Last edited by sara_b; 23-11-2017 at 10:51 PM.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 24th Nov 17, 9:39 AM
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    MATTR5
    re Cascais
    Hi Sara

    For that one I get £2041 on Aplpharooms - my price would be £1997

    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
    • Treecle
    • By Treecle 24th Nov 17, 12:49 PM
    • 28 Posts
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    Treecle
    The Quote itself:£2676
    Who the quote is from: Jet2.com
    Is there a booking fee:No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Jet2
    The departure Airport/Post: Birmingham
    The Holiday Dates:02.06.18 to 12.06.18
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 x adults 2 x children (9 & 7)
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): GF Isabel, Tenerife
    The Board (self catering/half board etc) AI
    Any specific requirements: Day time flights. Can also fly from Bristol or Cardiff. Could also depart on 03.06.18 and return 13.06.18
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 24th Nov 17, 1:40 PM
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    MATTR5
    re GF Isabel
    Hi Treecle

    I always guarantee to beat Jet2holidays website prices

    The price they are showing for this though is £2892 so not sure where the difference is

    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
    • Treecle
    • By Treecle 24th Nov 17, 1:57 PM
    • 28 Posts
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    Treecle
    Thank you for looking, good to know you are able to beat Jet2. It looks like the price of the holiday has just increased since I did the original quote.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 24th Nov 17, 2:10 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Tenerife
    Absolutely - no problem - if it goes down just call me with current price and i'll tell you what I can do

    Prices with them seem to go up and down a lot

    Mattr5
    Last edited by MATTR5; 24-11-2017 at 3:00 PM.
    • nicter
    • By nicter 26th Nov 17, 11:32 AM
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    nicter
    The Quote itself: £4028.00
    Who the quote is from: TUI Online
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator TUI Marella cruises
    The departure Airport Gatwick
    The Holiday Dates: 13/03/2018 to 27/03/2018
    The number of people travelling 2 Adults
    The Ship Marella discovery 2 Cuban fusion /pride of panama
    The Board all inclusive Inside cabin deck 2 or 3
    Any specific requirements: Has to be Marella discovery 2 cruiseliner
    Extra legroom seat as husband 6ft5
    Is an in-flight meal included: n/a
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 26th Nov 17, 12:05 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Cruise
    Hi Nicter

    The cheapest way to book this will be online with them and use the code BFCRUISE75

    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
    • nicter
    • By nicter 27th Nov 17, 6:04 PM
    • 254 Posts
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    nicter
    cruise
    Thanks Matt appreciate your help x
    • UKCHUMMY
    • By UKCHUMMY 28th Nov 17, 7:03 PM
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    UKCHUMMY
    Orlando in May/June
    The Quote itself: 14 Nights Orlando 2018 £1870
    Who the quote is from: Perfect Holidays
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: BA Direct flights, Rosen Inn International on iDrive
    The departure Airport/Post: LGW - MCO
    The Holiday Dates: 29.05.18 @ 11.20 - 12.06.28 @ 06.55
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): x2 Adults X1 Child (5) on return
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Rosen Inn International
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): B&B
    Any specific requirements:
    Is an in-flight meal included: Y
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 28th Nov 17, 8:01 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Orlando
    Hi UKCHUMMY

    I cant beat this but when you go back to perfect holidays make sure everything is included like APD etc -the last quote I had to beat from them didnt - if its total price thats a great price

    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
    • Amybetty
    • By Amybetty 29th Nov 17, 4:29 PM
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    Amybetty
    1 week AI gran canaria January
    Can anyone beat this?

    The Quote itself: 7 nights Gran Canaria Jan 2018 £1273
    Who the quote is from: TUI
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Abora Catarina by Lopesan
    The departure Airport/Post: Nottingham EMA- Las Palmas
    The Holiday Dates: 29.01.18- 05.01.18
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): x2 Adults X1 Infant (0) on return
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Abora Catarina
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All inclusive
    Any specific requirements: includes transfers
    Last edited by Amybetty; 29-11-2017 at 4:35 PM.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 29th Nov 17, 4:37 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi Amy

    You can do this for £1068

    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
    • Mimi Arc en ciel
    • By Mimi Arc en ciel 11th Dec 17, 5:25 PM
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    Mimi Arc en ciel
    Hoping you can help Matt- you got us a fab holida y in Morocco this year, lets see how you do with egypt

    The Quote itself: £1797.00
    Who the quote is from: First Choice
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Tui
    The departure Airport/Post: BHX
    The Holiday Dates: 17 Sep 2018 7 nights
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults, 2 kids (11, 6)
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Jaz Makadi Aquaviva
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive
    Any specific requirements: inc transfers
    Is an in-flight meal included: No
    Very proud mummy of 2!
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 11th Dec 17, 5:46 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi Mimi

    As its a TUI/First Choice exclusive ive had a look and id be exactly the same price so you'll be better off doing Cashback on this one but thanks for giving me a try

    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 as a note folks I'm away this Thu back Tuesday so won't be able to reply to any Beat my Price messages - and we are still guaranteeing to beat Jet2hols, Thomas Cook, Olympic, and Balkan Holidays prices - along with many more - we struggle to beat TUI/First Choice as above
    • Deeday
    • By Deeday 12th Dec 17, 8:40 PM
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    Deeday
    Can anyone beat this?

    The Quote itself: 14 nights Maldives October 26 2018 £8202
    Who the quote is from: Simply Maldives
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Meeru resort, flying Emirates
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates: 26.10.2018 - 10.11.2018
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): x2 Adults
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Meeru Island Resort
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All inclusive
    Any specific requirements: includes transfers - Jacuzzi Water Villa
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