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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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    • satchef1
    • By satchef1 3rd Jul 19, 12:15 AM
    • 113 Posts
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    satchef1
    Dates: 27th to 30th September
    Destination: Prague
    Number of people: 12
    Origin: Birmingham
    Flights: Jet2
    Hotel: Golden Prague Residence
    Rooms: 6x Junior Apartment

    Price: £3,340.38
    Site: Expedia

    Specific requirements: We want a bed each. And we want to be central in Prague. Beyond that, we are somewhat flexible on accommodation as long as it's of a reasonable standard.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 3rd Jul 19, 8:56 AM
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    MATTR5
    Hi satchef1

    No I cant beat this thats a great deal by Expedia

    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.
    • Giggidy
    • By Giggidy 6th Jul 19, 5:24 PM
    • 115 Posts
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    Giggidy
    The Quote itself: £1428.88 FLIGHTS TO ANTALYA, DEPT LHR-AYT 06:45 - 15:40 (6h55) AND RETURN AYT-LHR 15:10 - 20:45 (7H35), STOPOVER BOTH WAYS LESS THAN 2 HOURS
    Who the quote is from: TURKISH AIRLINES
    Is there a booking fee: NO
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: TURKISH AIRLINES
    The departure Airport/Post: HEATHROW
    The Holiday Dates: 19/10/19 - 26/10/19
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 ADULTS, 2 KIDS (7 AND 3)
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): NA
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): NA
    Any specific requirements: BAGGAGE OF 23KG INCLUDED
    Is an in-flight meal included: NOT SURE

    We are only looking for flights at this point, we have already booked the hotel
    Last edited by Giggidy; 06-07-2019 at 5:31 PM.
    • sophlamb
    • By sophlamb 7th Jul 19, 11:00 AM
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    sophlamb
    Beat My Quote - Crete
    The Quote itself: £564 per person
    Who the quote is from: LoveHolidays
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Love Holidays/Tui/Korifi Suites Art Hotel
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates: 4.8.19-18.8.19
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Korifi Suites Art Hotel
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): self catering
    Any specific requirements: 2 20kg suitcases needed
    Is an in-flight meal included: No
    Last edited by sophlamb; 07-07-2019 at 11:01 AM. Reason: Luggage requirements
    • stekell
    • By stekell 10th Jul 19, 8:41 AM
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    stekell
    Hi, Hope someone can help

    The Quote itself: £1510 (£50 discount using code bookit)
    Who the quote is from: Thomas Cook
    Is there a booking fee: NO
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Thomas Cook, Ideal Panorama Marmaris
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates: 5th September (10 Nights rtn 15th September
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Ideal Panorama
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive
    Any specific requirements: 2 20kg suitcases needed, Book seats together (seats together not included in original quote)
    Is an in-flight meal included: No

    Thanks
    • SeanKEFC
    • By SeanKEFC 21st Jul 19, 12:48 PM
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    SeanKEFC
    The Quote itself: £1380.00
    Who the quote is from: Jet2.co.uk
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Jet2
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates: 16/08/2019 - 30/08/2019
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Turk Hotel (Olu Deniz)
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): B&B
    Any specific requirements: No
    Is an in-flight meal included: N/a
    • Forumite2019
    • By Forumite2019 24th Jul 19, 8:12 PM
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    Forumite2019
    The Quote itself:£3623
    Who the quote is from: Travel agent
    Is there a booking fee: Not that im aware of
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Flights with Ryan air/Hotel ASCOS
    The departure Airport/Post: London Stansted
    The Holiday Dates: 28/09/19 - 05/10/19
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 6 adults 1 child (aged 2)
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Ascos Coral Bay
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive
    Any specific requirements:
    Is an in-flight meal included:no

    They wanted to charge a extra £90 for transfer's but i declined as 2 private taxis works out cheaper.

    We are also can fly out anytime between Fri 27th - sun 29th if it helps get the price down.
    Last edited by Forumite2019; 24-07-2019 at 8:27 PM. Reason: I didn't put space in so it created emoji's
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 25th Jul 19, 10:15 AM
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    MATTR5
    re Ascos
    Hi Forumite

    I dont sell Ryanair but i may be able to beat this
    Depends on how many rooms and how many bags

    I have sent you a PM

    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.
    • MrSaver96
    • By MrSaver96 26th Jul 19, 7:16 PM
    • 34 Posts
    • 30 Thanks
    MrSaver96
    Hi

    Looking to see if you can beat my quote.

    Quote: £1,648
    Place: Riviera Maya, Mexico - Grand Bahia Principe Tulum
    Provider: Thomas Cook
    Departure Date: 5 October
    Period: 11 nights

    Open to other hotels in Mexico, including staying in Cancun instead of Riviera Maya. If you can get longer than 11 nights then thatís a bonus!

    Many thanks
    • Jacala
    • By Jacala 27th Jul 19, 12:47 PM
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    Jacala
    Can you beat my quote

    £1312 pp
    First Choice
    Suncity Oludeniz Turkey
    Fri 31st July 2020 Manchester
    14 nights
    4 adults
    All inclusive

    Prefer daytime flights

    Flights must return before midnight as refuse to land at 3am -too old for that now.

    I'm tempted to wait until Easyjet release their summer 2020 flights and then book it DIY as can get the hotel for £964 pp with Travel Republic.
    • MrSaver96
    • By MrSaver96 29th Jul 19, 8:14 PM
    • 34 Posts
    • 30 Thanks
    MrSaver96
    A massive thanks to Mattr5 who saved me £200 on a holiday to Mexico! This despite already being offered a big discount from Thomas Cook and despite being identical to what TC were offering.

    Highly recommend!!
    • paul2468
    • By paul2468 30th Jul 19, 3:23 PM
    • 836 Posts
    • 157 Thanks
    paul2468
    flying from Manchester 28th aug to Toronto return 02 sep ...1 adult and 1 child 15 years staying fairmont royal york..downtown toronto
    room only..thomas cook..£2100
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 30th Jul 19, 3:50 PM
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    • 171 Thanks
    MATTR5
    Hi Paul2468

    I cant beat that price for you - I can usually beat Thomas Cook but this is their scheduled stuff and theres not really anything I can do on this one sorry

    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.

    JUST FOR INFO FOLKS - IM AWAY THU THIS WEEK BACK TUESDAY - OFF TO PRAGUE
    • Rockhopper
    • By Rockhopper 30th Jul 19, 9:50 PM
    • 12 Posts
    • 48 Thanks
    Rockhopper
    Holiday in Madeira in October 2019
    The Quote itself: £1238
    Who the quote is from: Jet2holidays
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Jet2
    The departure Airport/Post: London Stansted
    The Holiday Dates: 27 October - 1 November 2019 (5 nights)
    The number of people travelling: 2 adults, 1 child (5 years)
    The Hotel: Enotel Lido Resort
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive plus
    Any specific requirements: No
    Is an in-flight meal included: Don't know

    I have got a voucher code for £25 off.
    Jet2holidays currently also have a value added offer for this hotel: "For summer 2019 (May-Oct), guests will receive a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and a selection of fruit. Also within this period, every adult guest will also receive a complimentary spa treatment (up to the value of a 30-minute back massage) within the hotel spa".


    Can you beat the quote?
    • hollie.weimeraner
    • By hollie.weimeraner 2nd Aug 19, 11:23 AM
    • 1,838 Posts
    • 1,303 Thanks
    hollie.weimeraner
    The Quote itself: £2520.44
    Who the quote is from: TUI
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: TUI
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates: 4th June 2020 11 Nights
    The number of people travelling: 2 adults
    The Hotel: Hotel Riu Palace Oasis Maspalomas
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): 1/2 Board
    Any specific requirements: No
    Is an in-flight meal included: Don't know
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    • JRat99
    • By JRat99 3rd Aug 19, 4:20 PM
    • 2 Posts
    • 1 Thanks
    JRat99
    7 day New York city break April 2020
    The Quote itself: £1356 each
    Who the quote is from: LoveHolidays
    Is there a booking fee: Not that I can see
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Loveholidays / Virgin / Artezen Hotel, Manhattan
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester / JFK
    The Holiday Dates: 18th to 25th April 2020
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 4 adults
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): The Artezen
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Room Only
    Any specific requirements: Price quoted for economy seats on Virgin flight but would prefer premium economy, 3*+ hotel in Manhattan preferrably away from Times Square, hotel near to subway station
    Is an in-flight meal included: Presume so as this is long haul
    • Westin
    • By Westin 3rd Aug 19, 4:54 PM
    • 2,074 Posts
    • 1,521 Thanks
    Westin
    #11912
    You might want to check if baggage is included. I suspect LoveHolidays have used the Virgin Light hand baggage only fare.
    • JRat99
    • By JRat99 3rd Aug 19, 6:50 PM
    • 2 Posts
    • 1 Thanks
    JRat99
    Thanks Westin.
    This is what's included for luggage according to the extras tab on their website:
    Luggage Included free
    1x carry-on luggage per person included FREE. Maximum weight: 6kg
    4x 23kg Hold luggage for the group included FREE.
    Will check their small print.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 6th Aug 19, 8:58 AM
    • 715 Posts
    • 171 Thanks
    MATTR5
    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.
    • martnewts
    • By martnewts 7th Aug 19, 2:30 PM
    • 19 Posts
    • 7 Thanks
    martnewts
    Hotel Saturno Alcudia August 2019
    The Quote itself: £3618.30
    Who the quote is from: First Choice
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel:First Choice
    The departure Airport/Post: Bristol
    The Holiday Dates: 21 August 2019 - 4 September 2019 (14 nights)
    The number of people travelling: 2 adults, 2 children (7 and 5 years)
    The Hotel: Hotel Saturno Alcudia
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive
    Any specific requirements: No
    Is an in-flight meal included: No
    Includes coach transfer and 4 hold bags
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