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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 10th Sep 19, 9:31 AM
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    MATTR5
    re Ideal Prime
    Hi AI Queen

    I cant see this deal with either TUI or Thomas Cook - if you want to send me a link I guarantee to beat either of them like for like for Summer 20

    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 10th Sep 19, 10:58 AM
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    quoia
    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
    Originally posted by AIQUEEN
    Hi AI Queen

    I cant see this deal with either TUI or Thomas Cook - if you want to send me a link I guarantee to beat either of them like for like for Summer 20

    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.
    Originally posted by MATTR5
    Don't think TUI or Thomas Cook do this holiday because it is SO specialised.

    ONLY available through TARDIS holidays
    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 10th Sep 19, 11:01 AM
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    MATTR5
    LOL Quoia

    I have had to take a wild guess they mean 2020 but im not sure as the price is way out and TUI dont do that hotel so OP may be a bit squiffy - we'll see

    Oh and thanks for your Halkidiki booking btw

    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.
    • stanpan1
    • By stanpan1 10th Sep 19, 11:18 AM
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    stanpan1
    Hi there, hoping Mattr5's guarantee can beat this!

    The Quote itself: £1336 (minus another £50 myjet2 code)
    Who the quote is from: Jet2
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Jet2
    The departure Airport/Post: Stansted
    The Holiday Dates: 14-23 April 2020
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults, 2 children (0y/o, 4yo)
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Abora Interclub Atlantic
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All inc
    Any specific requirements: Double family room
    Is an in-flight meal included: No (but would be loking for one, and allocated seats)

    Thanks!!
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 10th Sep 19, 11:39 AM
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    MATTR5
    Hi Stanpan1

    The £50 voucher makes my life harder lol buut I will still beat that like for like so £80 ioff that price saving you a further £30
    Seats/Meals etc will be like for like

    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.
    • fergurr
    • By fergurr 11th Sep 19, 8:33 PM
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    fergurr
    Tui Tours
    was wondering if this could be beaten

    I am thinking maybe book with Thomas Cook for Blue Light card as work for NHS. Am I able to book with Thomas Cook with it being a Tui holiday

    GOLDEN TRIANGLE AND AMRITSAR TOUR GOA AND STAY
    14 NIGHT MULTI-CENTRE HOLIDAY
    7 nights - Golden Triangle Tour with extension Amritsar
    7 nights - Heritage Village Club, Goa
    4 Adults
    £2473.30 per person
    OUT: London Gatwick Sat 29 Feb 2020.
    Dep 17:55 Arr 08:15. TUI Airways. Direct.
    RTN: Goa Sun 15 Mar 2020.
    Dep 10:00 Arr 15:35. TUI Airways. Direct.
    FLIGHT & LUGGAGE
    4× Standard Seats Included
    4× Adult Flight Meal Included
    4× 20kg luggage Included
    ROOM & BOARD
    Golden Triangle Tour with extension Amritsar
    2× Twin Room Included
    Bed & Breakfast Included
    Heritage Village Club
    2× Superior Twin Room with Pool View and Balcony Included
    All Inclusive Included
    EXTRAS
    TUI Care Foundation donation (Optional) £4.00
    Transfers Included
    PRICE BREAKDOWN
    Discount:- £1098.80
    Basic Holiday£10988.00
    Options & Extras (total)£4.00
    Total Price£9893.20
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 12th Sep 19, 8:15 AM
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    MATTR5
    re India Tour
    Hi fergurr

    Check with CookS I cant answer that

    I wouldnt be much cheaper on this so if not book direct with TUI

    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.
    • shopaholicz
    • By shopaholicz 23rd Sep 19, 12:47 PM
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    shopaholicz
    looking for holiday somewhere warm for october half term
    So, our holiday with Tui was cancelled earlier today as they were using a thomas cook flight. We'd still like to go on holiday. Any travel agents out there still able to book holidays without using thomas cook flights?

    If yes, what have you got?

    We are 3 adults and 2 children, aged 14 and 11, wanting 2 rooms, flying from Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds/Bradford, EMA, Robin hood. We can fly on 26th, 27th or 28th October for 7 nights. Looking for hotel on the beach with slides. Warm as possible. Am I asking for the impossible?

    If you need any more info please ask

    Anybody managed to rearrange their cancelled holidays?
    I love a bargain. Now mortgage and debt free. hurray!!
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 23rd Sep 19, 1:18 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi shopaholicz

    The rules on this thread are a bit strict and you should only post with a price to beat but heres best answer I can give

    I am currently re-booking my customers - a lot of them - so I cant hep you search. I suggest you try Jet2holidays and im afraid TUI as they will have other options youd think
    If you find one with Jet2hols post it here as we can beat most direct prices
    Id avoid any small suppliers as some will eb dragged down by the Cooks collapse
    I'm sorry I can't help more

    I've sent you a PM

    nb Apologies to thread administrator as this reply is outwith sual rules im happy to delete it but thought it would be helpful info for all

    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.
    • shopaholicz
    • By shopaholicz 23rd Sep 19, 3:22 PM
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    shopaholicz
    Thanks for the informative reply MATTR5. I'll def be looking at those 2 places. Have been trying to contact tui all day, but will keep trying.
    I love a bargain. Now mortgage and debt free. hurray!!
    • vaseand
    • By vaseand 24th Sep 19, 4:23 PM
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    vaseand
    Looking to see if anyone can beat a quote for holiday to puerto pollensa next october:

    The Quote itself: £1424
    Who the quote is from: Jet2
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Jet2
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates: 04-11 October 2020
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults, 1 infant
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Puerto Azul Suite Hotel
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Half Board
    Any specific requirements: Suite with Garden View, Morning Flights
    Is an in-flight meal included: No
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 24th Sep 19, 6:02 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi vaseand

    I will beat Jet2holidays price like for like by £70 - the whole holiday will be with them so same flights, transfers, deposit £60pp 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.
    Last edited by MATTR5; 24-09-2019 at 6:05 PM. Reason: corrected typo on deposit amount
    • welshjohn213
    • By welshjohn213 25th Sep 19, 8:32 PM
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    welshjohn213
    Hi Hoping someone can beat the below, Prices have rocketed, demand I know, since the collapse of Thomas Cook UK.
    Flexible on dates but have to be back by the 17th

    The Quote itself: £2008
    Who the quote is from: Tui
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Tui
    The departure Airport/Post: Luton
    The Holiday Dates: Thu 10 Oct 2019 - 7 nights
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 3 inc 1 child who will be 2
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): TUI FAMILY LIFE Flamingo Beach
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): AI
    Any specific requirements: N/A
    Is an in-flight meal included: not sure

    Thanks

    John.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 26th Sep 19, 8:04 AM
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    MATTR5
    re TUI FAMILY LIFE Flamingo Beach
    Hi welshjohn213

    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.
    Last edited by MATTR5; 26-09-2019 at 8:06 AM.
    • trish-o
    • By trish-o 26th Sep 19, 8:18 PM
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    trish-o
    Trip to Salou May 2020
    Hi

    Two adults to H10 Salou Princess 8-18 May 2020 (for Grand Prix),
    flying from Edinburgh, 10 kg hand luggage, 22 kg each baggage, half board, double/twin room, transfers - £1160, Jet2holidays

    Can anyone do any better, please?

    Thanks
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 26th Sep 19, 8:36 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Salou Princess
    Hi trish-o

    I can do that like for like for you with jet2holidays for you for £60 less so £1100 exactly
    Same deposit, flight times etc as all booked with Jet2holidays

    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 1st Oct 19, 11:05 AM
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    UKCHUMMY
    Beat My Quote

    The Quote itself: 1674
    Who the quote is from: Jet2
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Jet2
    The departure Airport/Post: EMA
    The Holiday Dates: 14.07.20 - 24.07.20 - 10 nights
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): x2 A, x1 C (7yrs)
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Hotel Monarque Fuengirola Park
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): AI
    Any specific requirements: Luggage, Transfers inc. etc
    Is an in-flight meal included: No
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 1st Oct 19, 11:12 AM
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    MATTR5
    Hi UKCHUMMY

    I can do that like for like for you with jet2holidays for you for £66 less so £1610 exactly
    Same deposit, flight times etc as all booked with Jet2holidays

    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.
    • DippyHippy86
    • By DippyHippy86 2nd Oct 19, 10:16 AM
    • 43 Posts
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    DippyHippy86
    The Quote itself: Orlando 2020 - £1510pp
    Who the quote is from: Not Just Travel
    Is there a booking fee: No fee but deposit is £75pp
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Virgin - Rosen Inn @ Pointe Orlando
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester Airport
    The Holiday Dates: 26th September 2020 x7 nights
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): x2 adults
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Rosen Inn @ Pointe Orlando
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Room only
    Any specific requirements: Transfers & Universal Studio tickets included with flights & accommodation
    Is an in-flight meal included: Yes

    I have been told to add Disney tickets would be an additional £430pp
    Mortgage:
    August 2018 - £121,500
    Goal: Pay off in 8 years
    Term: 25 year / 5 year fix

    GC November - £306.25/£300
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 2nd Oct 19, 10:35 AM
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    MATTR5
    Hi DippyHippy86

    I can do that like for like for you with Virgin flts, transfers, Universal 3 park bonus tickets for you for £300 less so £2720.00 total (Deposit is slightly higher at £99pp) or £1360pp

    Just in case it helps I can also do it on the 25/9/20 - the day before - for £600 less so £2420 total or £1210 per person - Deposit on that one is higher at £125pp when booking and £125pp 10 weeks later

    I'm a bit dearer on the Disney tickets at £450pp but you can always source them elsewhere and the savings i think compensate for this £20pp difference
    All ABTA/ATOL protected and can pay by Credit Card - reassuring I know at this time

    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.
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