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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 7th Aug 07, 3:29 PM
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    The Great 'What Can You Blag On Holiday' Hunt
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    • 7th Aug 07, 3:29 PM
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    The Great 'What Can You Blag On Holiday' Hunt 7th Aug 07 at 3:29 PM
    You've found a Cheap Flight, you've booked a Cheap Hotel and you're about to touch down in your perfect holiday destination.

    What I want to know is what are the best things that MoneySavers have blagged on holiday. What are your top tips to get an upgrade, getting the best rooms, bagging extra meals or free excursions?

    Click reply to post your top tips.

    Martin

    Last edited by Former MSE Dan; 08-08-2007 at 10:54 AM.
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    • DUKE
    • By DUKE 7th Aug 07, 4:40 PM
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    I barter for my excursions as if my life depends on it, just as we're about to shake on the deal I beg for a little bit more money off. They say that they can't go any lower so they'll throw a free trip in. In Egypt I got a free trip to Banana Island. At the Red Sea I was innocently looking in my purse for change, the man in the shop took it that I hadn't got enough and handed me some back The people who we booked our trips with in Egypt gave us a t shirt with our names on in hieroglyphics. In Turkey I had a free trip to the turkish baths
  • saveapenny
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    • 7th Aug 07, 5:13 PM
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    • 7th Aug 07, 5:13 PM
    Turkey is a good one never just walk in a restraunt...get as many free drinks inc as possible + maybe a free starter if there are plenty in the group
    If you look anything like your passport photo....Your too ill to travel
    • Voyager2002
    • By Voyager2002 7th Aug 07, 6:36 PM
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    Turkey is a good one never just walk in a restraunt...get as many free drinks inc as possible + maybe a free starter if there are plenty in the group
    Originally posted by saveapenny
    And never pay for a cup of tea. Just walk into the nearest carpet shop and get one for free!
    • DUKE
    • By DUKE 7th Aug 07, 7:15 PM
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    Whenever I got weak and thirsty in Egypt I'd settle myself in a shop to do a bit of barteing - the electricity would be switched on, the chairs would be pulled out, the free drinks, and a nice smoke of the pipe
  • Lemmy Caution
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    • 7th Aug 07, 7:46 PM
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    • 7th Aug 07, 7:46 PM
    The people who we booked our trips with in Egypt gave us a t shirt with our names on in hieroglyphics.
    Originally posted by DUKE
    Are you absolutely sure that they have got something like I'm a big Twit (or something stronger) printed on them?
    Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. - Proust
  • iain1775
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    • 7th Aug 07, 10:55 PM
    cheaper holiday stuff
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    • 7th Aug 07, 10:55 PM
    I always find a hotel on a cheap website - alpharooms or similar, then open another browser check if it is a chain, if so join their loyalty club - its always free - but book it at the cheaper rate even if this is not direct, then before going phone or email the hotel direct with a story about having forgotten to quote my loyalty number and they will normally bend over backwards with a room upgrade, fruit basket or something else. Has worked with several chains in the past, recently in Marrakesh got a fruit basket, complimentry water (essential in June in Morocco!) and a pool view superior room from Le Meriden hotel.

    There is always the 'newly married' angle (helps if you were married within the year even if not your honeymoon) or the similar 'special anniversary' - did this in Cuba and got a room service Champagne breakfast completely gratis. Perhaps not too honest but I find being a bit of cheeky blagging always works!

    With excursions I always check the brochures at home find out the local operator (simple internet search) and book direct (the hotel will usually help put you in contact)- this saved us over 100 on safaris in Africa, although you may not be covered for cancellation etc on your travel insurance - check first
    • sarah3891
    • By sarah3891 8th Aug 07, 11:02 AM
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    • 8th Aug 07, 11:02 AM
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    • 8th Aug 07, 11:02 AM
    Sorry - forgot to add my holiday blag!!

    Flew to NY for my 21st birthday, economy class, but when we got to check in, the flight wasn't full. The lady on the check in desk saw my birthdate in my passport, bumped us up to First class (without telling us which I thought was sweet!!) and gave us two bottles of champagne on board!! There were four of us so this was a really wonderful trip, and something we never could have afforded!!!

    More a case of good timing and luck than anything else, but special occasions are always worth mentioning when booking trips etc, just in case!! xxx

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    • DKLS
    • By DKLS 8th Aug 07, 12:06 PM
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    • 8th Aug 07, 12:06 PM
    Excess baggage, If its a female on the counter, I go and flirt like mad, and If I cant get it for free I usually get a discount, But doesnt always work on the way back, as usually they are just agents for the flight company and have no lee way in offering discounts.

    Also the jsut married/engaged thing works a treat, had a few free meals/bottles of champers using that one

    Last edited by Former MSE Natasha; 13-08-2007 at 2:02 PM.
  • dmg24
    My friend is one of those 'not really famous but very well known' types. Always a surefire way to get upgraded!
    • funnibunni
    • By funnibunni 8th Aug 07, 1:28 PM
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    went to kenya at easter.....took loads of pairs of socks and old tee-shirts used them to get safaris cheaper when booking with beach boys ....had fantastic time and got rid of tops that no longer fit into the bargain !!!
    I barter for my excursions as if my life depends on it, just as we're about to shake on the deal I beg for a little bit more money off. They say that they can't go any lower so they'll throw a free trip in. In Egypt I got a free trip to Banana Island. At the Red Sea I was innocently looking in my purse for change, the man in the shop took it that I hadn't got enough and handed me some back The people who we booked our trips with in Egypt gave us a t shirt with our names on in hieroglyphics. In Turkey I had a free trip to the turkish baths
    Originally posted by DUKE
    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 8th Aug 07, 2:41 PM
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    My friend is one of those 'not really famous but very well known' types. Always a surefire way to get upgraded!
    Hmff not for me or the MSG!
    Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert.
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  • walrusoflove
    went to kenya at easter.....took loads of pairs of socks and old tee-shirts used them to get safaris cheaper when booking with beach boys ....had fantastic time and got rid of tops that no longer fit into the bargain !!!
    Originally posted by funnibunni
    be careful though - I thought I'd get great bartering deals with the football strip etc I took with me for the purpose, but believe me, those boys are real experts and you have to admire their skill! They take whatever you are offering and then say "and now you give me some extra money on top" and you can end up paying well over the odds. My husband had to come and rescue me as I got entirely out of my depth with them! On the serious side, please remember to take pens and baby clothes to give to **reputable and trustworthy** agents to pass onto children (otherwise whoever you give them to may just sell them for profit) and please NEVER give them directly (or worse still, as I have witnessed, throw them from your jeep into the road) to children, as this merely encourages them to miss school, which is so important to them. No-one wants to see children develop a begging mentality.
  • misgrace
    Also the jsut married/engaged thing works a treat, had a few free meals/bottles of champers using that one
    Originally posted by DKLS
    I'm going on Hols in October and that has crossed my mind, but am scared they would find me out, as they sometimes ask to see your marriage certificate lol.
  • V Chic Chick
    be careful though - I thought I'd get great bartering deals with the football strip etc I took with me for the purpose, but believe me, those boys are real experts and you have to admire their skill! They take whatever you are offering and then say "and now you give me some extra money on top" and you can end up paying well over the odds. My husband had to come and rescue me as I got entirely out of my depth with them! On the serious side, please remember to take pens and baby clothes to give to **reputable and trustworthy** agents to pass onto children (otherwise whoever you give them to may just sell them for profit) and please NEVER give them directly (or worse still, as I have witnessed, throw them from your jeep into the road) to children, as this merely encourages them to miss school, which is so important to them. No-one wants to see children develop a begging mentality.
    Originally posted by walrusoflove
    Or take pens / pencils / paper etc. directly to the school, which is what someone we met on holiday did. They were very happy.
    • tenuissent
    • By tenuissent 8th Aug 07, 8:24 PM
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    I agree. I have offered pens, pencils, paper to children in the middle east (Oman). They were thrilled (parents embarrassed, but did accept them).

    You have to be tactful. I have also offered drawings of parents and children, and one of my best memories is of children dashing across the mosque grounds on a Friday scattering my drawings like confetti (which I would have liked to keep, really) to show their parents.
  • bakingbetty
    Be gentle with me.... this is my first time posting............

    My Nan always said " if you don't ask, you don't get"


    At my childrens school we fill 5-6 shoe boxes with the basics toothbrushes, paste, pen, paper etc along with a few letters from the children about their lives. When friends go to Kenya they take them to the local school. The children and school are very grateful. The children in Kenya write as best they can a short letter about their lives.When we told the airline what was happening and asked if they would carry them for free, they agreed.....
  • Revengeissweet
    Hi
    We were going to Jamaica a couple of years ago and staying at a Wyndham hotel. We heard about a scheme called Wyndham By Request. Basically its a loyalty scheme that you can join for free. They have hotels all over the US and the Caribbean. When you set up your account you tell them what type of pillows you like, if you like more hangers in your room, what snacks you like on arrival, and more importantly what drinks you would like! You also get a free room upgrade if available. When we got there we had wine, beer and cheese and biscuits waiting for us, and a lovely sea view - all for FREE! Oh and plenty of hangers - a girl can never take too many clothes on holiday!

    Loving your work Martin!

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    • Alysie
    • By Alysie 9th Aug 07, 3:03 PM
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    Turkey
    This isnt really bartering but in Turkey I bought some turkish delight and while we were waiting for it to be weighed and packed, they made us sit down and served us apple tea and bits of turkish delight. It was really refreshing!
  • Sam Bee
    I have a friend who boarded an aircraft last, and turned left into a half empty business class, and took a seat. He'd only paid for economy, and no-one questioned him for the 8 hour flight.

    Now I thought that he was joking, and no-one would have kuhana's that big. Until he did the same thing again when I boarded a flight with him. I'd already turned right and sat down. Unfortunately this airline had their eye on the ball and he was escorted into economy by a meely-mouthed cabin attendant 5 minutes later proclaiming 'i'd been told I could sit on any of the empty seats!'.

    I blag everytime I travel, but i'm proudest of being a student on a charity race from Swansea to Amsterdam of blagging a flight from KLM from Cardiff to Amsterdam (it was for charity!) as the rest of the masses hitchhiked below!
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