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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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  • honeymooner
    Honeymoon
    Hi I am looking to go on honeymoon with the following itineary 14th July 2008

    14 July Depart Heathrow 10:50 Malaysian Airways Arrive Kuala Lumpur 07:30 next day
    15 July Mandarin Oriental 1 x Deluxe City View Room Bed and Breakfast 03 nights
    18 July Road Transfer to Pangkor Laut
    18 July Pangkor Laut Resort 1 x Beach Villa Bed and Breakfast 04 Nights
    22 July Road Transfer to Kuala Lumpur
    22 July Mandarin Oriental 1 x Deluxe City View Room Bed and Breakfast 01 Night
    23 July Depart Kuala Lumpur 10:15 Malaysian Airlines Arrive Terengganu 11:00
    23 July Tanjong Jara Resort 1 x Anjung Room Bed and Breakfast 5 Nights
    28 July Depart Terengganu 21:05 Malaysia Airlines Arrive Kuala Lumpur 21:55
    Depart Kuala Lumpur 23:50
    Arrive Heathrow 05:55 next day

    The cheapest quote I have had for the two of us ecconomy class is £4800
    and £6900 Business can anyone beat that?
    Last edited by honeymooner; 25-07-2007 at 2:20 PM.
  • mallymclane
    Flight To Stockholm From Uk
    hi,

    I am looking for a flight for 2 adults from either MME, NCL or LBA. We don't mind changing in any airport around Europe, we don't care who we fly with etc, we just want the best prices

    Best we've had quoted so far is £183/person/inc taxes, from NCL, changing in LHR.

    Departure Date: 19/12/2007 (anytime)
    Return Date: 02/01/2008 (anytime)

    We are open to +/- 1 day, if it makes it cheaper!
  • Rainbow73
    AFRODITE HOTEL, RODA, CORFU.Two adults and one infantFlying from Newcastle on 1st October (or +/- 5 days) for two weeksSea viewCot includedBed & BreakfastIncluding in-flight meals I have been quoted £731 from Direct Holidays.Anyone able to do this cheaper?
  • Lisa Bowie
    I am looking for a holiday to Las Vegas

    The Quote itself: £563
    Who the quote is from: Expedia
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Direct Flight with BMI from Manchester
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester/Las Vegas
    The Holiday Dates: Thursday 6th December 2007 / Thursday 13th December 2007
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): Two adults
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Treasure Island
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Room Only
    Any specific requirements: No
    Is an in-flight meal included: Yes
  • PINGU1608
    Olu Deniz, Turkey
    • The Quote itself: Olu Deniz, Turkey 11/09/07 9:15am. Returns 18/09/07 5:40am
    • Who the quote is from: Right Holidays
    • Is there a booking fee: Yes unsure of amount but its already included
    • The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Right Holidays/Onur Air/Turquise Hotel
    • The departure Airport/Post: Humberside (9:15am flight)
    • The Holiday Dates: 11/09/07 7 nights
    • The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    • The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Turquise Hotel
    • The Board (self catering/half board etc): B&B
    • Any specific requirements: None
    • Is an in-flight meal included: Yes

    I also have quotes for The Karbel Hotel at £295pp and Mavibelce Hotel at £269pp I just need to decide on which hotel to go for. Ready to book in the next couple of days.
  • Thrifty1974
    Las Vegas Stag Do
    Trying to book Las Vegas Stag Do, 6 guys,3 rooms, 5 nights, from Glasgow, depart end April 08 / Early May 08. Preferably hotel on Strip (Not Circus Circus - Dump)

    Cant find any bargains - best price £685 Travelocity, Imperial Palace Hotel, GLA-NEWARK-LAS-JFK-GLA. 24/04/08 - 29/04/08

    Do I continue to wait or book now or book last minute??

    I hoped I could book for less than £600 !!

    HELP !!
    • Sneaker
    • By Sneaker 25th Jul 07, 3:18 PM
    • 445 Posts
    • 12 Thanks
    Sneaker
    Hello,

    I've been quoted £394pp for 14 nights in San Antonio Ibiza, flying from Bristol on 3rd August. Includes fees and meals. This was quoted through Teletextholidays and is for 2 people staying at Excelsior Studios.

    Thanks in advance.

    I can book today!!

    Can anyone get me something in August flying from Bristol, Cardiff or Birmingham to Ibiza for 14 nights for £300, or £350 if flying from Bristol.

    I can book today!!
    Last edited by Sneaker; 25-07-2007 at 3:21 PM.
  • chrislaslett
    Beat this: £329pp Lefkas, Greek Island 7 nights
    The quote:

    Price: £329pp
    Inlcudes: 7 nights full board, flights, tranfsers and activities
    Location: Lefkas, Greek island
    Hotel: Club Active Galini
    Departure Date: 14 Sep 2007
    Departing : document.write(getAirport("LGW")) London Gatwick( LGW),13:50
    Arriving: document.write(getAirport("PVK")) Preveza (PVK)
    People: 2 adults

    Who the quote is from?


    Crystal Active www.crystalactive.co.uk

    Thanks!
    • InTheRed
    • By InTheRed 25th Jul 07, 3:30 PM
    • 165 Posts
    • 595 Thanks
    InTheRed
    Hello,

    Looking for a quote to beat the following:-

    Expedia price
    Weekend break to Berlin
    Flights from Birmingham 26th October with Lufthansa
    Returning from Berlin TXL on 28th October
    Hotel accomodation only in a junior suite at "Louisa's Place"
    Price incl all taxes £536 for 2 adults

    Thanks
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  • leejohn
    Honeymoon Sharm El Sheik
    The Quote itself: £1865 total
    Who the quote is from: Thomas Cook
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Thomas Cook/ Hotel Laguna Vista
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates: 25 August 2008
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults 1 infant (13 months at time)
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Laguna Vista
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive
    Any specific requirements: Quote is for Superior Deluxe Room
    Is an in-flight meal included: Yes, and the extra 5 kg baggage allowance
  • halby
    The quote is 710 pounds including all fees with Portland Direct. This is a web quote for 2 adults going for 7 nights on the 29th November 2007 going to Sharm El Shiekh and staying B&B at the Crowne Plaza Resort. Flying from Bristol airport.

    We are ready to book, but wander if anybody can beat it!
  • avril@lawry.com
    The Quote itself: £660.14 Total
    Who the quote is from: INTERNET
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: ALPHA ROOMS/EASYJET
    The departure Airport/Post: BRISTOL
    The Holiday Dates: 18th - 25th september
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Don Pablo Hotel Torremolinos
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): H/B
    Any specific requirements: Disability access
    Is an in-flight meal included: Not sure
  • dugdale
    I've already booked up but just wondering if we could have got the following any cheaper (any info would come in handy for when I book my next holiday)
    • The Quote itself: £692
    • Who the quote is from: Thomas Cook
    • Is there a booking fee: No
    • The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Thomas Cook/ Thomas Cook Airlines/ Majestic Hotel, Olu Deniz, Turkey
    • The departure Airport/Post:Birmingham
    • The Holiday Dates:17 Aug 2007 14 nights
    • The number of people travelling (inc kids ages):1 adult one Child
    • The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Majestic Hotel
    • The Board (self catering/half board etc):B&B
    • Any specific requirements:
    • Is an in-flight meal included:no
  • hornywithab
    New York Trip
    Can anyone beat thsi for me:

    Details as below total cost online is £1685.80

    New York Hilton Address: 1335 Avenue of the Americas 53... Situated at Rockefeller Centre, centrally located to tourist attractions and business headquarters and approximately 30 minutes fro... read more Check-In 14 Mar; Check-out 18 Mar Recommended Hotel Complimentary TransferRoom TypeStatusPer Person Per Night Hilt Standard Room ,...AvailableIncluded Remarks
    Package CostHotel & Flight£842.90Per PersonTotal Package£1685.80all price include VAT and estimated airport taxes. Depart: Fri, 14 Mar 10:00, Manchester (MAN)Out: Non-Stop Arrive: Fri, 14 Mar 13:45, New York - JFK (JFK)R Class Depart: Tue, 18 Mar 19:00, New York - JFK (JFK)Ret: Non-Stop Arrive: Wed, 19 Mar 05:55, Manchester (MAN)R Class
  • bret_cooper
    Quote to Naples
    This is the quote i am looking at
    • The Quote itself: £1064
    • Who the quote is from: My travel/ Internet
    • Is there a booking fee: No
    • The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel:My travel
    • The departure Airport: Gatwick
    • The Holiday Dates:17 Aug 2007 7nights
    • The number of people travelling (inc kids ages):2 adults
    • The Hotel: allocate on arrival):
    • The Board (self catering/half board etc):B&B
    • Any specific requirements:
    • Is an in-flight meal included:
    Today 5:25 PM
    • lisle
    • By lisle 25th Jul 07, 6:17 PM
    • 195 Posts
    • 85 Thanks
    lisle
    I'm ready to book this, but i thought i'd check with you all first -
    • The Quote itself: £517.10
    • Who the quote is from: Travelcare
    • Is there a booking fee: no
    • The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: kosmar
    • The departure Airport/Post: Manchester / Chania
    • The Holiday Dates: 04/09/07 - 11/09/07
    • The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    • The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): CHRISTI STUDIOS Kalives
    • The Board (self catering/half board etc): self catering
    • Any specific requirements: no
    • Is an in-flight meal included: yes
    Thank you for your help
    Lisle
    I'm in the £2.00 club! terramundi cracked open Christmas Day £748 Started a new one Boxing Day!
  • mattpage
    • The Quote itself: £360 to Rome Italy
    • Who the quote is from: lastminute.com
    • Is there a booking fee: no
    • The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: ryanair/4 star hotel
    • The departure Airport/Post: London airport or bristol to Rome
    • The Holiday Dates: 13th december - 18th december
    • The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2
    • The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): *
    • The Board (self catering/half board etc): breakfast included
    • Any specific requirements: no
    • Is an in-flight meal included: no
    Last edited by mattpage; 26-07-2007 at 8:58 AM.
  • jonesco
    The Quote itself: £617 per person
    Who the quote is from: mytravel
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: monarch
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester - Orlando
    The Holiday Dates: 1 Aug 08 - 22 Aug 08
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 15 (6 Adults, 9 Children aged 17, 16, 14, 14, 11, 10, 8,7, 6)
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): *
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): na
    Any specific requirements: no
    Is an in-flight meal included: no
    • clo5
    • By clo5 25th Jul 07, 7:52 PM
    • 19 Posts
    • 29 Thanks
    clo5
    Cuba
    The Quote itself: £1732 ( this is with a reduced baggage allowance of 15Kg each though)Who the quote is fromhomas CookIs there a booking fee:NoThe Tour Operator/Airline/Hotelhomas cook airlines, Melia Cayo Coco hotel The departure Airport/Post:ManchesterThe Holiday Dates:06.09.07 - 21.09.07The number of people travelling (inc kids ages):2 adultsThe Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival):Melia Cayo Coco, Cayo Coco, CubaThe Board (self catering/half board etc)ll inclusiveAny specific requirements:NoneIs an in-flight meal included:YesWant to book this ASAP as have been let down by another hotel due to refurbishmentThanks to anyone who can help me beat this quoteClo
  • lambie_pie
    Beat this: Manchester/Bangkok return Emirates airline:
    Two people from Manchester to Bangkok returnfor £969.00:
    Outbound:
    Emirates
    EK 20/386 - Sat, 3 Nov 07 20:00 hrs. One stop via Dubai arriving in Bangkok@ 17:10 hrs Sun, 4 Nov 07.
    Return:
    Emirates EK 385/17 - Fri, 16 Nov 01:30 hrs.One stop via Dubai arriving in Manchester @ 11:30 hrs Fri, 16 Nov 07

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