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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 23rd Jul 07, 5:25 PM
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    Beat My Quote! Travel Agents Thread
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    • 23rd Jul 07, 5:25 PM
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    Beat My Quote! Travel Agents Thread 23rd Jul 07 at 5:25 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 9:37 AM.
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    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 7th Aug 19, 3:21 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi Martinewts

    I can't beat this one
    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.
    Last edited by MATTR5; 12-08-2019 at 12:36 PM.
    • Daisyb212
    • By Daisyb212 8th Aug 19, 10:21 AM
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    Daisyb212
    Quote
    Hi
    Flying Newcastle to Hurghada on 29th June 2020.
    1 week all inclusive at sunrise gardens beach for 1 adult and 1 child (age 8)
    TC online is about £1700.
    I'm hoping to try and get this for a couple hundred less of possible. Would welcome any other quotes. Thanks
    • CelticGhirl
    • By CelticGhirl 11th Aug 19, 7:25 AM
    • 134 Posts
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    CelticGhirl
    Paphos Holiday
    The Quote itself: £2516.00 (incl £200 off with code “book it”)
    Who the quote is from: Thomas Cook
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Thomas Cook
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates: 29th June to 13th July 2020 (14 nights)
    The number of people travelling: 2 adults
    The Hotel: SunConnect Sofianna Resort, Paphos
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive
    Any specific requirements: No
    Is an in-flight meal included: No
    Includes coach transfer and reserved seats and 8kg hand luggage & 15kg hold luggage

    Hi, looking to see if anyone can beat my quote, would have preferred to fly from Glasgow although it’s a lot more expensive so willing to drive to Manchester, and could be flexible with dates? Thanks
    • Claribelle
    • By Claribelle 11th Aug 19, 9:38 AM
    • 89 Posts
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    Claribelle
    New York Short Break
    Good morning, I wonder if anyone can beat this quote for a trip to New York in March 2020 please:


    The Quote itself: £1384.38 (total price for 2 adults)
    Who the quote is from: Virgin Holidays
    Is there a booking fee:the quote doesn't state this
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Virgin Holidays
    The departure Airport/Post: Heathrow
    The Holiday Dates: 19th - 23rd March 2010
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages):2 Adults
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Hilton Garden Inn NYCentral Park South-MidtownWest
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Room only
    Any specific requirements: No
    Is an in-flight meal included:yes


    We are flexible on the hotel as long as it is walking distance to Central Park and Times Square. We can also be flexible on the dates as long as we are back by 24th March 2020.


    Many thanks.
    Last edited by Claribelle; 11-08-2019 at 9:45 AM.
    • rachie29
    • By rachie29 19th Aug 19, 2:59 PM
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    rachie29
    Menorca 2020


    Hello,


    First time I've done this so hope I've done it right! I'm wondering if anyone can beat this quote:

    Total price: £1122
    - Who the quote is from: Jet2holidays
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Jet2Holidays, Airline Jet2, Hotel "Galdana Gardens Apartments", Cala Galdana, Menorca
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates: Sat 20th Jun for 7 nights
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults 1 child (aged 2)
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Galdana Gardens Apartments
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Self-catering
    Any specific requirements: Good flight times for the little one i.e not late night
    Is an in-flight meal included: no


    Includes coach transfer, 15kg bag for each person.


    Flexible with dates so long as in June.




    Thanks for your help
    Debt free (if you don't count the mortgage!)
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 19th Aug 19, 3:03 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi rachie29

    YES - I can beat this one by over £100 - in fact by changing your date by 2 days i can get it under £1000 for you or even on same date like for like its £50 saving

    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.
    • bizzisguy
    • By bizzisguy 22nd Aug 19, 1:35 PM
    • 16 Posts
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    bizzisguy
    Can you beat my quote?
    Hi there

    Had the below quote, I am flexible on date from 8-11th Sept only though.

    Total price: £1778.10
    - Who the quote is from: Jet2holidays
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Jet2Holidays, Airline Jet2, Hotel "Grand Yazici Marmaris palace", Icmeler
    The departure Airport/Post: Birmingham
    The Holiday Dates: Sun 8th Sep 2019 for 10 nights
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Grand Yazici Marmaris Palace
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive
    Any specific requirements: sea view double room - pre booked seats, private taxi transfer from & return to airport
    Is an in-flight meal included: Yes

    Thanks for checking.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 22nd Aug 19, 1:46 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi bizzisguy

    YES - I can beat this one by £80 like for like - maybe more but we can discuss that when you contact me

    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.
    • bizzisguy
    • By bizzisguy 22nd Aug 19, 2:02 PM
    • 16 Posts
    • 18 Thanks
    bizzisguy
    Thanks MATTR5, PM sent.
    • diray60
    • By diray60 22nd Aug 19, 3:47 PM
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    • 0 Thanks
    diray60
    holiday
    Hi,
    can you beat this quote?

    £4700 TRS YUCATAN MEXICO
    Travel Republic
    Thomas Cook/ extra legroom £220/meals/20kg hold bags x 2
    Manchester 25th July-5th Aug 2020
    2 adults/all inclusive junior suite/private pool
    private transfer.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 22nd Aug 19, 6:51 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi diray60

    No I cant beat that one - Great 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.
    • Elinore
    • By Elinore 29th Aug 19, 11:54 AM
    • 239 Posts
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    Elinore
    13-19 may 2020 – LHR to Portland Oregon
    Hi Everyone!

    2x adults - 13-19 May 2020 – LHR to Portland Oregon

    Was flying direct with Delta and staying at the Hoxton - snug room- I had this all lined up to book with Opodo at £1150 (with £10 for standard care and the ‘cancel for any reason’ gtee) and then we had an internet outage.

    In the time it took me to get to work the price has significantly increased to £1600

    I have a very very tight budget in this one so checked in a few times before hand but suddenly all the direct flights are gone and the hotels have increased overnight.

    Can anyone match the above quote? please - willing to book asap

    (I should mention I am flexible ion the dates as long as I'm there for the weekend of the 16/17)
    Last edited by Elinore; 29-08-2019 at 12:15 PM.
    • toshkininny
    • By toshkininny 29th Aug 19, 12:22 PM
    • 1,136 Posts
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    toshkininny
    Royal Caribbean Anthem cruise
    Had the below quote, does anybody deal with cruises?

    Total price: £10708
    - Who the quote is from: Thomas Cook
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Royal Caribbean
    The departure Airport/Post: Southampton Cruise port
    The Holiday Dates: 16th August 2020 for 14 nights
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 4 adults (2 kids
    The Ship Anthem of the Seas
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive
    Any specific requirements: Next door to each other balcony rooms (2 persons in each room)


    Can anyone quote for a cruise please? Thanks.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 29th Aug 19, 12:42 PM
    • 706 Posts
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    MATTR5
    re Portland
    Hi Elinore
    No I cant beat that one

    Toshkinny - ive asked you for child ages 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.
    • Elinore
    • By Elinore 29th Aug 19, 12:58 PM
    • 239 Posts
    • 808 Thanks
    Elinore
    Hi MATTR5


    Thanks for the reply, I would looking to see if you could match or replicate the package? rather than beat it


    Or did you mean you couldn't beat the sudden price increase to £1600?


    Sorry for the further question
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 29th Aug 19, 1:04 PM
    • 706 Posts
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    MATTR5
    re Portland
    Hi Elinore

    No I cant beat or match the £1600

    Advice in my 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.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 29th Aug 19, 3:13 PM
    • 706 Posts
    • 169 Thanks
    MATTR5
    re Cruise
    Hi toshkininny

    No I cant beat that one

    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.
    • quoia
    • By quoia 7th Sep 19, 3:46 PM
    • 13,289 Posts
    • 141,759 Thanks
    quoia
    Hi Guys

    Just letting you all know I'm back and around to try and beat your quotes
    I Guarantee to beat Thomas Cook and Jet2holidays website prices for beach holidays

    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.
    Originally posted by MATTR5
    Hi Matthew

    JET2HOLIDAYS - so I'm hoping your "guarantee" is going to work for me

    7 nights for 2 adults - SELF CATERING

    EAST MIDLANDS (EMA) on Wednesday 18th September 2019
    to Thessaloniki (SKG)

    Staying at LOLI Village in Halkidiki

    1 Bedroom Apartment (WITHOUT AIRCON)

    Includes standard Coach transfers
    and the usual 22kg hold and 10kg hand baggage each

    Total is £702

    BUT I have a valid and working code for £50 making it £652
    (I can PM if required - can't post on this thread/forum due to MSE rules)

    Do your best - like you have for me in the past.
    Thanks

    Cheers
    Q
    There are 10 types of people in the world. ‹(•¿•)›
    ‹(•¿•)› Those that understand binary and those that do not!


    Veni, Vidi, VISA ! ................. I came, I saw, I PURCHASED
    (11)A104.28S94.98O112.46N86.73D101.02(12)J130.63F126.76M134.38A200.98M156.30J95.56J102.85A175.93
    S LOWER CASE OMEGA;6.59 so far ..
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 7th Sep 19, 3:55 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi quoia

    The £50 off code makes it harder for me to beat them but I will knock a further £15 off the total so I'll be £637

    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.
    • AIQUEEN
    • By AIQUEEN 9th Sep 19, 4:34 PM
    • 5 Posts
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    AIQUEEN
    Can anyone help beat this quote?
    The Quote itself:£628.50 per person
    Who the quote is from: tui
    Is there a booking fee:no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel:IDEAL PRIME BEACH HOTEL MARMARIS
    The departure Airport/Post:Manchester
    The Holiday Dates:16.07.2019-23.07.2019
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adultd two kids aged 12 and 14
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival):
    The Board (self catering/half board etc)ll inclusive
    Any specific requirements: Sea view interconnecting room
    Is an in-flight meal included:no
    Last edited by AIQUEEN; 09-09-2019 at 4:37 PM.
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