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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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    • russetred
    • By russetred 3rd Oct 19, 12:09 PM
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    russetred
    Open to offers.
    We were one of the casualties of the TC demise and we will get our refund eventually but we are left with flights down to Gatwick late on 29/10 and back to Glasgow 6pm on 10/11. 5 adults, 2 rooms looking for a bit of sunshine anytime between those dates. Budget is up to 2k. We are willing to look at anything you can come up with. I appreciate it is a bit of a long shot but if you don't ask you don't get. TIA
    "Sometimes life sucks....but the alternative is unacceptable."
    • ECCY
    • By ECCY 6th Oct 19, 7:43 PM
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    ECCY
    Hi there, hoping Mattr5's guarantee can beat this!

    The Quote itself: £3894
    Who the quote is from: First Choice
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: First Choice/TUI/HD Beach Resort & Spa
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates: 22-29 Oct 2019
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults, 3 children (4y/o, 8y/o,10 y/o )
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): HD Beach Resort - Costa Teguise, Lanzarote, Spain
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All inc
    Any specific requirements: Double family room
    Is an in-flight meal included: No

    Thanks!!
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 6th Oct 19, 8:21 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi Eccy

    Sorry as its a TUI late Deal i cant do it any cheaper - I can help with anything from 1st November with them at the moment

    I've sent you a PM

    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.
    • ECCY
    • By ECCY 9th Oct 19, 1:42 PM
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    ECCY
    The Quote itself: £3420
    Who the quote is from: Jet2
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Hotel Costa Calero Thalasso & Spa
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates: 21-28 Oct 2019
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults, 3 children (4y/o, 8y/o,10 y/o )
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival):Hotel Costa Calero Talaso & Spa , Lanzarote, Spain
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All inc
    Any specific requirements: Family Interconnecting Double room
    Is an in-flight meal included: No
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 9th Oct 19, 2:12 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi Eccy

    I will beat Jet2holidays price like for like by £100 - the whole holiday will be with them so same flights, transfers, room etc

    I've sent you a PM

    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.
    • dalo
    • By dalo 10th Oct 19, 6:19 PM
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    dalo
    Hi, new to this thread, so here goes! Birmingham to Menorca, Zafiro Menorca all inclusive 26th May 2020, one adult one child 8 yo. Jet2 lowest price yesterday was £1924 (previously paid £1680 with Thomas Cook ☹️)
    Last edited by dalo; 10-10-2019 at 6:24 PM. Reason: Wrong date
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 10th Oct 19, 7:12 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi Dalo

    I will beat Jet2holidays price like for like by £80 - the whole holiday will be with them so same flights, transfers, room etc - I think its crept up to £1944 but whatever the live price is i'll beat by £80

    I've sent you a PM

    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.
    • outrageous_monkey
    • By outrageous_monkey 20th Oct 19, 9:00 PM
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    outrageous_monkey
    Ok... so here goes. Been away from MSE for a long time and wasn't sure if this thread still happened, but apparently it does.


    he Quote itself: £1.5K
    Who the quote is from: Online separates, flights, hotel etc
    Is there a booking fee: No idea
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Virgin and any downtown NYC hotel
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates: Feb or March 2020
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    Is an in-flight meal included: I think so.


    So, I know that's all vague and that I need a quote, but I'm only looking... and to be honest I don't know what I'm looking for. I scared to book it all separately, so that's why I prefer a TA to help me.


    I'm looking to lay some ghosts to rest, I want to go back to NYC, last time I was there (about 5 years ago) I was in the middle of a nervous breakdown and was contemplating ending my life. Im 100% better and need to go back. Its just me and my husband. We only want 3 or 4 nights, don't need a fancy hotel. But I'd prefer downtown NYC or/in and around tribeca, that general area more than times square, but if theyre cheaper, that's cool. I cant do January at all as I work in accountancy and its a busy time for us, Feb is my 50th so that would be great, or March. Can anyone help?
    I also remember the words of my friends, but I would rather have enemies than friends like you

    would like to make it known that ZubeZubes avvy is a DHN, she's not dancing
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 21st Oct 19, 9:45 AM
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    MATTR5
    Hi Outrageous Monkey

    You should really give a precise holiday to beat undr the rules for this thread but I can help wuith what you have supplied anyway

    As an example we can do an ABTA/ATOL bonded complete package to eg Wyndham Garden Chinatown / SoHo which is in the area you want, 4*, gets great reviews etc - 3 nts flying directly from Manchester in Feb inc Suitcases is £1560 total - or the Sheraton Tribeca is also 4*, good reviews, right area etc and just £1580
    nb These prices dont include Transfers as there are many options (flight is into Newark so closer than JFK)

    I've sent you a PM

    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.
    • sonicgal
    • By sonicgal 23rd Oct 19, 7:33 PM
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    sonicgal
    Sri Lanka for August 2020 for two people (we're flexible about when to travel - this quote is for 14 days flying out 10th August back 24th August Glasgow to Columbo with Emirates Business Class

    Total quote: £7786

    6 days touring 4 - 5* hotels HB
    6 days beach 5* hotel (but only 4 rating on TripAdvisor) B&B
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 24th Oct 19, 5:52 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi sonicgal

    I can get £150 off this

    I've sent you a PM

    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.
    • barbiedoll
    • By barbiedoll 27th Oct 19, 10:39 AM
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    barbiedoll
    Hello Matt!

    We're going to book a week in Tenerife in June with Jet2. We've got a fairly decent price (we think?) but you know....MSE and all that

    Here goes:

    Jet2 package for 2 adults.

    No booking fee (as far as we're aware)

    Out: Stanstead to Tenerife South, Fri 5th June at 6.00am

    Return: Tenerife South to Stanstead, Fri 12th June at 11.20pm (extra legroom seats booked on both flights) included. 22kg baggage included.

    Hotel: Spring Arona Gran. Half board, side sea view room, also includes resort flight luggage check-in.

    Airport/hotel coach transfers included.

    Price (including £60 Jet2 discount voucher) £1496.

    it's a fabulous hotel, we have looked into booking the hotel and flights separately but we can't beat this price for the flight times that we want.

    Over to you...thanks!
    "I may be many things but not being indiscreet isn't one of them"
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 27th Oct 19, 11:17 AM
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    MATTR5
    Hi barbiedoll

    The £60 discount does mean i cant save you a fortune but U can do that like for like with Jet2hols with a further £40 off so £1456

    I've sent you a PM

    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.
    • emeraldbugle
    • By emeraldbugle 7th Nov 19, 10:34 AM
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    emeraldbugle
    The Quote itself: £8467
    Who the quote is from: TUI/ First Choice
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: TUI/ First Choice
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates: 12th August 2020 (14 nights)
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults, 2 children (16y/o, 16y/o)
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival):Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All inclusive
    Any specific requirements: 2 rooms x Junior Suites
    Is an in-flight meal included: Yes

    Thanks
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 7th Nov 19, 10:46 AM
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    MATTR5
    Hi emeraldbugle

    I can beat this like for like - all still booked with First Choice - and do it for £250 less
    PLUS
    If you book it within the next 24 hours I'll increase that discount and do it for £300 less so £8167

    Plus if you collect Coop Membership Points (You can join when you book for free - optional) - You will also get those on top

    I've sent you a PM

    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.
    • lf93
    • By lf93 8th Nov 19, 9:39 PM
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    lf93
    * The Quote itself: £1217.56
    * Who the quote is from: Expedia
    * Is there a booking fee: no
    * The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Jet2.com; iberostar selection Fuerteventura palace
    * The departure Airport/Post: Newcastle
    * The Holiday Dates: 30/5/20 - 3/6/20
    * The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    * The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): iberostar selection Fuerteventura palace
    * The Board (self catering/half board etc): all inclusive
    * Any specific requirements:
    * Is an in-flight meal included: no

    Thanks!
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 9th Nov 19, 1:48 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi LF93

    I cant beat that price

    I've sent you a PM

    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.
    • UKCHUMMY
    • By UKCHUMMY 11th Nov 19, 11:16 AM
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    UKCHUMMY
    Hi Mattr5

    Can you help?

    The Quote itself: £1158
    Who the quote is from: Jet2 Web
    Is there a booking fee: n
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Jet2
    The departure Airport/Post: EMA
    The Holiday Dates: 7 nights from Sun 12 Apr 2020
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): x2A x1CH (7)
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): EDEN ROC (Rhodes)
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): AI Plus
    Any specific requirements:
    Is an in-flight meal included: N
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 11th Nov 19, 12:57 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi UKCHUMMY

    I can beat that price and I can do it like for like for £1075

    I've sent you a PM

    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.
    • Tomlolz
    • By Tomlolz 12th Nov 19, 9:03 PM
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    Tomlolz
    Beat My Quote
    The Quote itself: £1751 per person
    Who the quote is from: British Airways
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: British Airways
    The departure Airport: LGW - CUN
    The Holiday Dates: 31 JAN - 07 FEB 2020
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults sharing
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Unico 20 87, Riviera Maya
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All inc
    Any specific requirements: N/A
    Is an in-flight meal included: Yes
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