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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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    • stef352
    • By stef352 24th May 19, 9:47 PM
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    stef352
    Egypt December 2019
    Hello,


    I have found the following deal:


    Leaving from Bristol Airport to Hurghada on 30th December for 7 nights (returning on 6th January).


    2 adults and a baby (under 2 years old)


    Staying in the Pharaoh Azur Resort on an All Inclusive Basis.


    Including 2x 20kg bags
    No transfers


    TOTAL: £1446
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 25th May 19, 10:00 AM
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    MATTR5
    Hi stef352

    I can't beat that price

    Ive 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.
    • lsfranklin88
    • By lsfranklin88 25th May 19, 1:57 PM
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    lsfranklin88
    Hi,

    Updated the travel plans;
    Who: Virgin,

    Tour Operator: Virgin,

    Hotel: St James's Club St Lucia,

    Departure airport: any London
    Date of Departure; 18th January 2020
    Duration; 7 Days
    Number of People; 2 Adults

    Board; All Inclusive
    In FLight; V room and meals included.



    Price; Total £3347.94 (£1673.97 PP
    can you beat this?
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 25th May 19, 2:22 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi lsfranklin88

    I can't beat that price

    Ive 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.
    • Powysshrew
    • By Powysshrew 27th May 19, 10:09 AM
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    Powysshrew
    Hi, can you beat this price!

    The Quote itself: £7563
    * Who the quote is from: Virgin
    * Is there a booking fee: No
    * The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Virgin Crystal Cove Barbados
    * The departure Airport/Post:MAN
    * The Holiday Dates: 21 June - 5 July
    * The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 3 ADULTS
    * The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Crystal Cove
    * The Board (self catering/half board etc): AI
    * Any specific requirements:
    * Is an in-flight meal included: Yes
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 27th May 19, 10:35 AM
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    MATTR5
    Hi Powysshrew

    I can't beat that price- Virgin Hols have a 10% off weekend sale on and that knocks me out

    Ive 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.
    • baloo
    • By baloo 2nd Jun 19, 1:23 PM
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    baloo
    Riviera Maya 2020- Beat my quote please
    The Quote itself: £1448 per person
    * Who the quote is from: TUI
    * Is there a booking fee: No
    * The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: OCEAN MAYA ROYALE BY H10
    * The departure Airport/Post:EMA
    * The Holiday Dates: 28/05/20
    * Duration; 14 nights
    * The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 ADULTS
    * The Board (self catering/half board etc): AI
    * Any specific requirements: None
    * Is an in-flight meal included: Yes
    * Transfer; Included
    • chickenmama
    • By chickenmama 6th Jun 19, 3:25 PM
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    chickenmama
    Hi,

    We have found a holiday on Jet2Holidays for £1340 for:

    September 30th - October 7th
    East Midlands to Costa Brava for 2 adults and 2 children (9 and 2)
    All Inclusive, 22kg bag allowance each and transfers to the Costa Encantada Aparthotel in Lloret De Mar.

    I've also found it separately for around £1200 through booking.com and jet2 flights and a hire car
    Would love it if we could save some money on this price
    Last edited by chickenmama; 06-06-2019 at 3:27 PM.
    • toshkininny
    • By toshkininny 13th Jun 19, 8:47 AM
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    toshkininny
    specific cruise quote please.
    I'm not sure if this is possible, but I am looking for a specific cruise.
    Royal Carribean Independence of the Seas
    10th August Mediterranean Cruise for 12 nights
    no flights
    I am looking for 2 adults and 2 children (13 and 15)
    I don't think they have any family cabins left,so I am looking for adjoining cabins with balcony.
    Planet Cruise have a junior suite that can accommodate 4 people for £2462 per person. I can't find any other info. Ideally don't really need a suite just need the cabins with balcony. Do not want internal cabins at all!
    Hope this is allowed. Thanks.
    • 11Carrie11
    • By 11Carrie11 13th Jun 19, 9:45 AM
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    11Carrie11
    It's quite cheap! Thank you for this information!
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 13th Jun 19, 1:02 PM
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    MATTR5
    Quite cheap
    Have you got the right thread?
    • Tessie Bear
    • By Tessie Bear 15th Jun 19, 8:55 AM
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    Tessie Bear
    Looking to find an agent who can give me a decent quote for an MSC Cruise
    The Quote itself: Been given quotes between £6,000 - £8,600
    Who the quote is from: Internet
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: MSC Bellissima Cruise
    The departure Airport/Post: London Gatwick/Genoa
    Holiday Destination : Mediterranean Cruise
    The Holiday Dates: 28th July for 6/7 nights cruise.
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults + 2 children (19 years old and 16 years old)
    All inclusive plus drinks package and family cabin or two interconnecting cabins.

    Can anyone beat this price - looking for around £4,500 or nearest price if possible.
    • Racheltu
    • By Racheltu 21st Jun 19, 5:58 AM
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    Racheltu
    It sounds great
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 21st Jun 19, 5:23 PM
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    MATTR5
    re post
    Hi Racheltu

    Do you have the right thread?

    This Thread is to post a price and let Travel Agents beat it

    Mattr5
    I am a Travel Agent
    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.
    • Ivrytwr3
    • By Ivrytwr3 30th Jun 19, 7:28 AM
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    Ivrytwr3
    Looking for 7 - 14 days, up to about £6k for 2A and 2C (13 and 15). Done Turkey and Cape Verde, poss Mexico/Domincan? 5* if possible and best accomm available. Looking to depart 27/28 Jul 19 from any London, Midlands etc (not Scotland).

    Also, I am on the TUI website and it keeps trying to put us in 2 x rooms, even through the rooms advertise up to 4 occupancy. Everytime i remove a room, it says it does not have the rooms required - bah! We are hoping to all be in room room/suite.

    Anyway,

    The Quote itself: £6608
    * Who the quote is from: Tui
    * Is there a booking fee: No
    * The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana
    * The departure Airport/Post:MAN
    * The Holiday Dates: 26 Jul (14 nights)
    * The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2a 2c
    * The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana
    * The Board (self catering/half board etc): AI
    * Any specific requirements: 1 room?
    * Is an in-flight meal included: Yes
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 30th Jun 19, 10:12 AM
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    MATTR5
    Hi

    I think the issue is the room will take 2 adults and 2 kids max and your kids are over the child age

    There are other hotels with TUI available - 6 when i looked - that will take you all in one oom

    As stated before I cant beat TUI on late deals so book direct

    I did check T Cooks for other destinations but all full now

    I have 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.
    • Monkey2801
    • By Monkey2801 30th Jun 19, 6:39 PM
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    Monkey2801
    Hi all, hope you can help!

    Multi centre honeymoon, 25th may 2020 Heathrow to Mexico City, 7 nights at Hilton Mexico Reforma
    1st June 2020 flight mexico city to cancun
    9 nights at Unico 20 87
    10th June flight Cancun to Gatwick

    The Quote itself: £6990
    Who the quote is from: Hayes and Jarvis
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: BA
    The departure Airport/Post: LHW departure, LGW arrival
    The Holiday Dates: 25th May - 10th June
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults (honeymoon)
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Hilton Mexico City Reforma (Room Only) + Unico 20 87 (All Inclusive)
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): RO + AI
    Any specific requirements: Premium Economy flights
    Is an in-flight meal included: Yes

    Pm me if any more info needed thank you!
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 1st Jul 19, 3:34 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi Monkey2801

    Sorry i took a while to reply but its a complicated quote as most of my suppliers don't have the internal flights available and the one that did dint have Unico available so I can't beat this
    I have stayed at UNICO though - it's amazing - I had a swim up room - so feel free to call me for tips

    I have 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.

    For all others - Going forward to save everyone time im only going to Pricebeat Thomas Cooks and Jet2holidays - Regards
    • nickcarr79
    • By nickcarr79 2nd Jul 19, 7:33 AM
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    nickcarr79
    Fergus Club Mell Vari Majorca
    Hi.

    Wondering if anyone can offer anything for the following.

    The Quote itself: 1821
    Who the quote is from: Jet2Holidays
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The departure Airport/Post: Edinburgh
    The Holiday Dates: 8th August for 7 nights
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 4. 2 adults. 1 x 1 year old. 1 x 4 year old.
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Fergus Club Mell Vari
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive
    Any specific requirements: 1 bed apartment or better. Needs space to live when the kids are in bed.
    Is an in-flight meal included: yes, luggage, seat selection and transfers also in quote.

    Note the price includes the use of 2 Jet2Holidays promotional vouchers.

    Thanks for reading.
    • jrdavison
    • By jrdavison 2nd Jul 19, 1:11 PM
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    jrdavison
    Majorca in September
    The Quote itself: £1594
    Who the quote is from: Jet2Holidays
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Jet2 - Alua Hawaii Mallorca & Suites - Palma Nova
    The departure Airport/Post: Leeds Bradford
    The Holiday Dates: 1st Sept 2019, 7 nights
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults, 1 child (2years old)
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Alua Hawaii Mallorca & Suites - Palma Nova
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Bed and Breakfast, Junior Suite
    Any specific requirements: Must be a 1 bedroom apartment or suite with a seperate lounge we can stay in once our daughter has gone to sleep. Also looking specifically at the 915am flight going out and 1115am flight return.
    Is an in-flight meal included: no, but does include transfers, 3x 22kg hold bags and seats.

    Happy to take a different level of board as long as we get breakfast included as a minimum.

    Thanks!
    Last edited by jrdavison; 02-07-2019 at 1:13 PM. Reason: Added details.
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