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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 23rd Jul 07, 6:25 PM
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    Beat My Quote! Travel Agents Thread
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    • 23rd Jul 07, 6:25 PM
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    Beat My Quote! Travel Agents Thread 23rd Jul 07 at 6:25 PM
    What!!!8217;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 !!!163;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!!!8217;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!!!37; off the cost articles. Once you!!!8217;ve been through that and have a decent price, then you!!!8217;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!!!8217;s totally free, and is only necessary to stop spammers) and then post the best quote you have received so far, but don!!!8217;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!!!8217;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!!!8217;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!!!8217;re travel agents, that!!!8217;s a check you must make yourself - you book and pay at your own risk.

    STEP 6: Once you!!!8217;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 !!!8220;edit!!!8221; and then add !!!8220;Holiday now booked!!!8221; to it. If you don!!!8217;t then it!!!8217;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!!!8217;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 !!!8220;I can often do prices for around !!!163;xxx!!!8221; 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 !!!8220;can you confirm what board level you want?!!!8221; 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 !!!8211; 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 !!!8211; 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 10:37 AM.
    Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert.
    Please note, answers don't constitute financial advice, it is based on generalised journalistic research. Always ensure any decision is made with regards to your own individual circumstance.

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    • BorisThomson
    • By BorisThomson 23rd Dec 17, 5:53 PM
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    BorisThomson
    Hi Matt, can I point you to the code of conduct? Specifically:

    Please reply by PM. Very strictly do not reply in this thread.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 23rd Dec 17, 7:34 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Thread Rules
    Hi Boris

    Yes - fair point - Mattr5
    • Destiny33
    • By Destiny33 25th Dec 17, 6:27 PM
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    Destiny33
    RE: Vidamar Villas, Algarve
    Spoken to Matt
    Last edited by Destiny33; 26-12-2017 at 6:00 PM. Reason: privacy
    • Destiny33
    • By Destiny33 26th Dec 17, 5:59 PM
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    Destiny33
    Thanks Matt, You are a star

    I will be in touch in the New Year.

    Many thanks

    Dx
    • ToneDeaf
    • By ToneDeaf 1st Jan 18, 2:54 PM
    • 34 Posts
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    ToneDeaf
    Riu Palace Pacifico
    The Quote itself:£1,718
    Who the quote is from: holiday hypermarket.co.uk
    Is there a booking fee:NK
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: First Choice
    The departure Airport/Post: London
    The Holiday Dates:23.02.2018-02.03.2018
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 x adults
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Riu Palace Pacifico in Nuevo Vallarta
    The Board (self catering/half board etc) AI
    Any specific requirements: Day time flights. Can also fly from Birmingham, and also 16th March 2018

    Thanks in advance.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 2nd Jan 18, 11:16 AM
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    MATTR5
    Hi ToneDeaf

    Ive sent you a PM

    I am a Travel Agent
    My company!!!8217;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
    • mintedby30?
    • By mintedby30? 2nd Jan 18, 7:28 PM
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    mintedby30?
    I'd be so grateful for any discount on the following options...

    The Quote itself: £5383.42
    Who the quote is from: TUI
    Is there a booking fee: -
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: TUI
    The departure Airport/Post: Glasgow
    The Holiday Dates: 09th- 23rd October 2018
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults, 13y/o, 5y/o
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Barut Kemer, Kemer, Antalya, Turkey-
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): AI
    Any specific requirements: DELUXE SUITE/ SEA VIEW/ WHIRLPOOL

    We've been quoted £4265.98 for the same hol from Gatwick (10th-25th) would be interested in any saving on this also and would consider flying from Gatwick over Glasgow.

    Is an in-flight meal included:?
    MARCH GROCERY CHALLENGE £118/ £250
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 2nd Jan 18, 8:41 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi mintedby30?

    Ive sent you a PM

    I am a Travel Agent
    My company!!!8217;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
    • Murielson
    • By Murielson 7th Jan 18, 12:05 PM
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    Murielson
    Hi Matt,

    Interested to see if you could do anything with the quote below from Jet2:

    The Quote itself: £774
    Who the quote is from: Jet2
    Is there a booking fee: -
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Jet2
    The departure Airport/Post: Stansted
    The Holiday Dates: 21-28 Apr 2018
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    The Hotel (or * if it!!!8217;s allocate on arrival): Suite Hotel Jardin Dorado, Gran Canaria
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): B&B

    Been to the resort before so happy that it gives us the basic break we want. Ideally we would like something similar but from Bournemouth Airport so if you could offer us anything along those lines we would be happy to consider. Doesn't have to be Gran Canaria, flexible on that and have been around most Islands and 'typical' holiday destinations.

    Look forward to PM and anything you are able to offer. Many thanks
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 7th Jan 18, 3:15 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi murielson

    Ive sent you a PM

    I am a Travel Agent
    My company!!!8217;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
    • Murielson
    • By Murielson 9th Jan 18, 12:26 PM
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    Murielson
    Hi murielson

    Ive sent you a PM

    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
    Originally posted by MATTR5
    Thanks for time and assistance Matt, appreciated
    • Suzy36
    • By Suzy36 10th Jan 18, 6:19 PM
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    Suzy36
    a quote please
    Can you help ...please


    The Quote itself: £1872.42
    Who the quote is from: Thomas Cook Airlines
    Is there a booking fee: -
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Thomas Cook Airlines
    The departure Airport/Post: Gatwick
    The Holiday Dates: 21-28 February 2018
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 4 adults
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Jaz Makadi Saraya Resort, Hurghada, Egypt
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 10th Jan 18, 7:30 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi Suzy36

    Ive sent you a PM

    I am a Travel Agent
    My company!!!8217;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
    • J14RED
    • By J14RED 12th Jan 18, 1:28 PM
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    J14RED
    Please can someone have a look at beating this quote?

    Wyndham The New Yorker for 4 nights
    Leaving Manchester on 3rd December with direct flights
    Two people at £1892

    Thank you
    • LULULU1
    • By LULULU1 14th Jan 18, 1:57 PM
    • 382 Posts
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    LULULU1
    Can anyone beat this please....
    The Quote itself: £2923
    Who the quote is from: Internet
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: TUI. Limassol Cyprus
    The departure Airport/Post: Bristol
    Holiday Destination : Cyprus
    The Holiday Dates: 28th April for 11 nights.
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 4 adults.
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Atlantica Oasis
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All inclusive
    Is an in-flight meal included: Yes.
    Transfers: Included

    Can anyone beat this please.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 14th Jan 18, 2:22 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Atlantica Oasis
    Hi LULULU1

    Ive sent you a PM

    I am a Travel Agent
    My company!!!8217;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

    ps Actually just tried to send you a PM and cant as your settings dont allow it
    • LULULU1
    • By LULULU1 14th Jan 18, 3:58 PM
    • 382 Posts
    • 29 Thanks
    LULULU1
    Cant Reply.....
    Please try again. I think i have fixed it.

    Thanks

    LULULU1
    • TTW83
    • By TTW83 15th Jan 18, 9:51 AM
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    • 0 Thanks
    TTW83
    Can anyone beat my quote?
    Can anyone please beat this quote?

    The Quote itself: £2150
    Who the quote is from: First Choice Website
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: First Choice - Hotel H10 Rubicon Palace
    The departure Airport/Post: Birmingham
    Holiday Destination : Lanzarote
    The Holiday Dates: 2nd April for 6 nights.
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults, 1 child aged 4 and 1 infant aged 1
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): H10 Rubicon Palace - Superior Twin Room
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All inclusive
    Is an in-flight meal included: No
    Transfers: Included

    Or

    The Quote itself: £1847
    Who the quote is from: TUI Website
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: TUI - Hotel H10 Rubicon Palace
    The departure Airport/Post: Birmingham
    Holiday Destination : Lanzarote
    The Holiday Dates: 2nd April for 6 nights.
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults, 1 child aged 4 and 1 infant aged 1
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): H10 Rubicon Palace - Superior Twin Room
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Half Board
    Is an in-flight meal included: No
    Transfers: Included
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 15th Jan 18, 10:47 AM
    • 608 Posts
    • 141 Thanks
    MATTR5
    Hi TTW83

    Ive sent you a PM

    I am a Travel Agent
    My company!!!8217;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

    Mattr5
    • kingbuxton13
    • By kingbuxton13 17th Jan 18, 9:40 AM
    • 12 Posts
    • 0 Thanks
    kingbuxton13
    The Quote itself:£1,156.09
    Who the quote is from: sunshine holidays
    Is there a booking fee:No
    The Tour Airline/Hotel: Ryanair/Naza apartments
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester/Liverpool
    The Holiday Dates: 02/06/2018 1 week
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 3 x adults 1 x Child (aged 7) in a 2 bedroom apartment
    The Board (self catering/half board etc) SC


    Thanks in advance.
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