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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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  • lofty
    • The Quote itself: £2406
    • Who the quote is from: MyTravel
    • Is there a booking fee: No
    • The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Airtours Sun Holidays/ Royal Asarlik Beach,
    • The departure Airport/Post: Glasgow
    • The Holiday Dates: 9-16th June 2008
    • The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 6 Adults
    • The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Royal Asarlik Beach,
    • The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive (required)
    • Any specific requirements: All Inclusive, Must allow groups (I know some dont) but any all inclusive hotel!)
    • Is an in-flight meal included:nope
    Nice to Save. To save it's ____
  • forumuser
    Beat my quote - Palma - Majorca - Magaluf - Hotel Marina Barracuda
    The Quote itself: £1058
    Who the quote is from: Kent Escapes (Seguro Travel) www.kentescapes.co.uk
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Kent Escapes / Hotel Marina Barracuda Magaluf
    The departure Airport/Post: Kent International Airport Manston - (But London Heathrow or Gatwick would be fine for price matches.
    Flying to Palma - Majorca


    The Holiday Dates: 7-21st Sept 2007
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 Adults
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Hotel Marina Barracuda Magaluf
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive (required)
    Any specific requirements: All Inclusive
    Is an in-flight meal included:Yes
    • bmf
    • By bmf 25th Jul 07, 11:07 AM
    • 5 Posts
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    bmf
    Hi,

    Can anyone beat this ?

    Total Price £1300.

    Destination: International Drive, Orlando, Florida
    Date: 18/4/2008
    Duration: 14 nights
    Accomodation: Hampton Inn South Of Universal
    Number of People: 2 adults, 1 child (aged 15)
    Flights: Virgin Atlantic.

    I will be interested in different Hotels/Airlines if price is comparable, but direct scheduled flights to Orlando International is a MUST and hotel must close to International Drive.
    Breakfast included is preferable, but not essential.
  • imacat
    Help
    • Desired destination(s) Ibiza - ES CANA
    • Which airport/ports? Birmingham Int
    • Holiday Travel Dates. Depart 5-7 Sept 2007
    • Duration of holiday 14 Night
    • Number of people travelling 2 Adults 1 Child (3)
    • Type of holiday? Best Value for money!!
    • Board basis? Ė Will consider anything
    • What your price range is. Max Spend £1000
    • Whether you require an in-flight meal.Not Bothered
    • Are night-flights or stopovers acceptable? NO
    • Any specific requirements Ė child friendly
  • benbr
    Can anyone help?
    • My mother in law wants the family to travel with her to the hotel san felipe in puerto de la cruz in tenerife in sept/oct.
    • The deal is this two people travel out with her and stay a week.
    • she stays for 3 weeks in total
    • the last week, 2 people join her and then travel back with her
    • half board
    • sea view (optional)
    • First choice quote £979 hb, or £1069 ai for 1 week flying from ema.
    Problem...we want to fly from Doncaster. the first couple want to stay another week somewhere (probably booked independently) but flight prebooked as part of package.
    The start date is variable between 21/9 & 25/9
    We are also worried that the san felipe is undergoing refurbishment and therefore may be noisy, etc. Thus an alternative may be considered. Currently looking at H10 tenerife playa.


    Frightening...eh
    Last edited by benbr; 30-07-2007 at 9:08 AM.
    • bmf
    • By bmf 25th Jul 07, 11:37 AM
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    bmf
    Beat My Quote! - Florida April 2008
    Hi,

    Can anyone beat this ?

    The Quote itself: £1300
    Who the quote is from: Virgin Atlantic (Using airmiles+money)/Hotelopia
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: None/Virgin Atlantic/Hampton Inn South Of Universal
    The departure Airport/Post: London Gatwick
    Destination: International Drive, Orlando, Florida
    The Holiday Dates: 18/4/2008 - 2/5/2008
    Duration: 14 nights
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Hampton Inn South Of Universal
    Number of People: 2 adults, 1 child (aged 15)
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All inclusive
    Any specific requirements: Breakfast included if possible
    Is an in-flight meal included:yes
    Flights: Virgin Atlantic.

    I will be interested in different Hotels/Airlines if price is comparable, but direct scheduled flights to/from Orlando International are a MUST and hotel must be close to International Drive.
    Breakfast included is preferable, but not essential.
    Last edited by bmf; 25-07-2007 at 2:11 PM. Reason: Making More specific
  • tee2x
    beat it PLEASE !!!
    The Quote itself: £2804.87
    Who the quote is from: First Choice
    Is there a booking fee: Not aware of one
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: First Choice/First choice/Margarita (3* or above)
    The departure Airport/Post: Birmingham (EMA/Doncaster are OK)
    The Holiday Dates: 21/8 - 4/9 (But 20/8 - 3/9 is ok)
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 4 Adults + ! child age 13
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Any greek island Any 3* or above - not too large or too remote
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All inclusive
    Any specific requirements: Shopping/bars within 5km please
    Is an in-flight meal included:yes

    will be debt free by Jan 2008!!!
  • paulhants
    Affinia 50 Hotel, New York, Hotel Only - Can you beat it?
    Affinia 50 Hotel (Hotel only)
    New York City
    Arrive 22 May 2008
    Depart 26 May 2008 (4 Nights)

    2 Adults
    Room type: Studio Suite
    Price quoted: $1409.77 (Non-refundable Pre-Payment rate)
    Quoted by: Affinia website

    Can you beat this?

    Would also consider the Affinia Dumont if the price was right!
  • daverock
    All-inclusive to Benidorm for 6 people
    Hi,
    We are taking my parents and our twin boys to Benidorm in November. I've tried numerous searches/companies and they are all quoting around £2,600 to £2,900. The details are as follows:
    • The Quote itself: £2618
    • Who the quote is from: CO OP
    • Is there a booking fee: No Booking Fee
    • The departure Airport/Post: East Midlands (but any northern airport will do)
    • The Holiday Dates: 12th to 23nd November (OK for 10th, 11th or 12th for the departure, OK for 10 or 11 days stay)
    • The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 6 people, 4 adults and two children, both 2 years old (twins)
    • The Hotel: Flamingo Oasis Benidorm 4*
    • The Board (self catering/half board etc): All-inclusive
    • Is an in-flight meal included: No meal required
    I am ready to book (my wife wants me to book now but I want to see if the offer can be beaten due to me being a yorkshire man with very deep pockets!)

    So come on you travel people, how low can you go????

    Thanks for reading!
    • overcharged
    • By overcharged 25th Jul 07, 12:21 PM
    • 190 Posts
    • 14 Thanks
    overcharged
    • Destination: Rome
    • The Quote itself: £743 total all taxes included = £632 (Hotel) and £111 (Flight)
    • Who the Airline/Hotel quote is from: Easyjet
    and Hotels Italy http://www.HotelsItaly.com/
    • Is there a booking fee: No
    • The Airline/Hotel: Easyjet/Hotel Villa San Pio
    • The departure Airport/Post: Belfast
    • The Holiday Dates: 10th-17 Oct (7 nights)
    • The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 1 adult
    • The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): 3* Villa San Pio Hotel
    • The Board (self catering/half board etc): Breakfast included
    • Any specific requirements: None, but airport transfers would be appreciated
    Is an in-flight meal included:No
  • macca6115
    Can anyone beat my Quote - Cancun
    • The Quote itself: £845 pp
    • Who the quote is from: Broadway
    • Is there a booking fee: No
    • The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Hotel Barcelo Tucancun
    • The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    • The Holiday Dates: 05/08/07 - 19/09/07
    • The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 Adults
    • The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Barcelo Tucancun
    • The Board (self catering/half board etc): All inclusive
    • Any specific requirements: No
    • Is an in-flight meal included:No
    Many Thanks :rolleyes:
  • kustom222
    Beat My Quote to Sharm
    Quote for 3 people
    Travelling from Manchester on 24th September 2007
    To Sharm El Sheik (SSH)
    Flying with Thomas Cook
    Staying at Reef Oasis Beach Hotel
    7 nights all inclusive
    2 ROOMS REQUIRED - 1 double/twin and 1 for single occupancy
    Quote off on-line company Travel Republic - £1732
    Does not include:
    Meal
    Transfer
    Luggage at 15Kg.

    Cheers!
  • tonydakers
    BEAT MY QUOTE - WHISTLER CANANDA 12th March 2008
    • The Quote itself: £2651
    • Who the quote is from: SKI-DIRECT
    • Is there a booking fee: No
    • The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: UNKNOWN
    • The departure Airport/Post: Gatwick
    • The Holiday Dates: 12-26th March 2008
    • The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 Adults
    • The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): DELTA VILLAGE WHISTLER, 1 BED SUITE
    • The Board (self catering/half board etc): SELF CATERING
    • Is an in-flight meal included:YES
    • Transfers to/from Vancouver included
  • brummagemlass
    flight
    Cost £460
    1 person
    co-op travel
    From Manchester to Nairobi
    2nd August to 16th August
    Don't know if meals are included
    Dates are flexable
    many thanks
  • Jax1970
    Can you beat this flight price to Orlando?
    Flight for 2 adults with Virgin Manchester - MCO Orlando
    Flight price £316 (includes taxes) pp
    Flight dates 24 / 08 - 31/1/08

    Jackie
  • smudgemanc26
    Can you beat my quote to mexico?
    • The Quote itself: £1999 per person
    • Who the quote is from: JetSet2
    • Is there a booking fee: No
    • The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Unknown
    • The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    • The Holiday Dates: 30/12/07 - 13/01/08
    • The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 Adults
    • The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Sun Palace 4*
    • The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive
    • Any specific requirements: Prefer a room with a sea view if possible
    • Is an in-flight meal included: Yes
    This quote includes all taxes and private transfers. Can anyone beat it please?
    LBM - April 2007
    Claimed back my bank charges from Natwest - £1196
    Halifax Credit Card Claiming £467.35 Rec £467.35!/Capital One Card Claiming - £523.92/Barclaycard Claiming - £403.58 Rec £403.58/MBNA Claiming - £584.37 Rec£584.37
    Proud to be dealing with my debts
    Update: 2009 - Currently claiming £1900 from Natwest
  • neilcostar
    Beat the quote
    I have been quoted £3700 by thomson for a 2 week all inc hol at Riu Cancun Hotel in Cancun Mexico. Leaving Weds 2nd April 2008. Can be flexible leaving up to 7 days after this. Can this price be beaten??
    • The Quote itself: £3700
    • Who the quote is from: Thomson
    • Is there a booking fee: No Booking Fee
    • The departure Airport/Post: Gatwick, but can do heathrow
    • The Holiday Dates: 2nd apr 2008, but can do up to 7days later
    • The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults and one 8yr old.
    • The Hotel: Riu Cancun, Cancun mexico
    • The Board (self catering/half board etc): All-inclusive
    • Is an in-flight meal included: Yes
    Last edited by neilcostar; 25-07-2007 at 12:59 PM. Reason: more detail added
  • Former MSE Natasha
    Blue Bay Villas, Dominican Republic (North), all inclusive
    Feel free to beat my quote!

    The Quote itself: £519 per person
    Who the quote is from: Thomson.co.uk
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Thomson Holidays
    The departure Airport/Post: London Gatwick/Puerto Plata
    The Holiday Dates: Mon 17 Sept to Mon 24 Sept (arriving in London 5am 25 Sept)
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): Two (alleged) adults
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Blue Bay Villas
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All inclusive
    Any specific requirements: Nope, but transfers are included in the quote
    Is an in-flight meal included: No
  • Jane545454
    Any chance of improving this quote for Iceland?
    "I've been quoted £307 per person, bed and breakfast for 4 nights and flights,.
    Leaving Gatwick 11/2/08 returning 15/2/08 flying with BA, staying at Centrum Hotel Rekyjvik.

    Upgrade to a deluxe room for same price would be acceptable. Must be with BA flights

    Can anyone beat it?" Am hoping so !
  • commjo
    Flying thus Friday - need a hotel
    We are flying to Antalya on Friday, arriving Saturday am 28th. We leave on Friday 10 AUgust - 13 nights in all.

    Got the flights - not got any accomodation.

    Looking for 5* AI for 2 adults and 2 children - aged 8 and 9.

    So far Travel republic have Letoonia Golf Resort for £1500 all in.

    Can anyone do better for this resort or similar. Needs to be on the beach and be child friendly.

    Thanks in advance
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