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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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    • steveing64
    • By steveing64 17th Jan 18, 4:47 PM
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    steveing64
    The Quote itself: £1117
    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: 21/6. Till 28/6
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    The Hotel (or * if it!!!8217;s allocate on arrival): Riviera Beach Hotel Benidorm
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Half board
    Any specific requirements: Extra leg room
    Is an in-flight meal included: no
    3.6Kwh PV System, Lg Panels , Growatt Inverter South Facing, 23 deg Roof Facing, Stoke on Trent
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 18th Jan 18, 4:32 PM
    • 608 Posts
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    MATTR5
    Hi Steve

    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
    • Poppet18m
    • By Poppet18m 18th Jan 18, 6:12 PM
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    Poppet18m
    The quote itself £5300
    The quote itself: Firstchoice
    Is there a booking fee; No
    The tour Operator/airline/hotel ; Firstchoice/Norwegian airways
    The departure airport ; Gatwick
    The holiday dates ; 11th Aug - 25th Aug
    The number travelling ; 2 adults, 2 Children aged 15 & 13
    The hotel ; SIRENIS CALA LLONGA RESORT 2 x twin rooms with balcony
    The board ; All inclusive
    Any specific requirements; seating together & 20kg luggage on flight. Flight times 07.05am 11th Aug & 11.45am 25th Aug
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 18th Jan 18, 6:22 PM
    • 608 Posts
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    MATTR5
    Hi Poppet18m

    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
    • sharkbait
    • By sharkbait 19th Jan 18, 12:55 PM
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    sharkbait
    Marella Cruise
    Can anyone beat this price?

    Marella Cruise - Marella Discovery 2
    19th October 2018
    2 Adults & 2 Kids (12+13)
    Manchester flights
    7/8 deck inside cabin
    £3,540

    Thank you
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 19th Jan 18, 1:43 PM
    • 608 Posts
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    MATTR5
    Hi Guys

    Just a note, as I am the Agent that replies to 90% of these Beat my Quote requests

    I am sorry but I will no longer be able to help on these. Hopefully other Travel Agents will take up where I leave off. It's got harder and harder to beat the prices and I am busy with regular clients now.

    Thank you for all the bookings over the last two years

    Mattr5
    • Ganga
    • By Ganga 19th Jan 18, 5:35 PM
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    Ganga
    Hi Guys

    Just a note, as I am the Agent that replies to 90% of these Beat my Quote requests

    I am sorry but I will no longer be able to help on these. Hopefully other Travel Agents will take up where I leave off. It's got harder and harder to beat the prices and I am busy with regular clients now.

    Thank you for all the bookings over the last two years

    Mattr5
    Originally posted by MATTR5
    Thanks for all the help in the past,will miss your input (we are lucky that we do have your mobile and works number )
    ITS NOT EASY TO GET EVERYTHING WRONG ,I HAVE TO WORK HARD TO DO IT!
    • tinkerbel
    • By tinkerbel 26th Jan 18, 7:52 AM
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    • 4,903 Thanks
    tinkerbel
    Hi!
    I havenít completed the form because I have a quote for a Canadian Rockies road trip holiday with lots of stops and Iím not sure how to explain it on the template..

    Is there anyone on here who might be able to see if they can get me a better deal if I share more details by PM?

    Thanks in advance!
    • lancashirelass2018
    • By lancashirelass2018 29th Jan 18, 10:09 PM
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    lancashirelass2018
    The Quote itself: £2360
    Who the quote is from: Thomas Cook Website
    Is there a booking fee: I cant see one
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Thomas Cook/ Thomas Cook Airline/Sandos Papagayo Beach Resort Playa Blana Lanzarote
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates:Sunday15th April 2018 for one week
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): four females
    The Hotel (or * if it!!!8217;s allocate on arrival): Sandos Papagayo Beach Resort
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All inclusive
    Any specific requirements: 2 rooms next to each other and a sea view
    Is an in-flight meal included: no

    Thanks in advance
    Last edited by lancashirelass2018; 30-01-2018 at 1:40 PM. Reason: missed a sentence out
    • lynseyg43
    • By lynseyg43 29th Jan 18, 10:28 PM
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    lynseyg43
    Who the quote is from:!Jet2 Website
    Is there a booking fee:!I cant see one
    The Tour operator / airline /hotel - Jet2 / jet 2 / Fergus Style Cala Blanca Suites
    The departure Airport/Post: glasgow
    The Holiday Dates: Thursday 31st May for 10 days
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages):!2 adults and 1 child aged 4
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival):!Fergus Style Cala Blanca Suites
    The Board (self catering/half board etc):!All inclusive
    Any specific requirements:!sea view
    Is an in-flight meal included:!no
    £2,420
    • swindon87
    • By swindon87 31st Jan 18, 1:17 AM
    • 155 Posts
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    swindon87
    The Quote itself: £370 per person
    Who the quote is from: Teletext Holidays
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Easy Jet Airlines
    The departure Airport/Post: London Stanstead Airport
    The Holiday Dates: 02/05/2018-09/05/2018
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    The Hotel (or * if it!!!8217;s allocate on arrival): Melia Calvia Beach
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Half Board
    Any specific requirements:
    Is an in-flight meal included: No

    Can you beat my quote please? Thank you.
    Last edited by swindon87; 31-01-2018 at 7:54 AM.
    • durham05
    • By durham05 31st Jan 18, 6:14 PM
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    durham05
    The Quote itself: £427 per person
    Who the quote is from: hays travel
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: thomas cook
    The departure Airport/Post: newcastle
    The Holiday Dates: 20/08/2018-27/08/2018
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 4 adults
    The Hotel (or * if it!!!8217;s allocate on arrival): kavos 18 - 30 / quayside village
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): s/c
    Any specific requirements:
    Is an in-flight meal included: No
    this is for my nieces 1st girly holiday . can any1 beat the £
    • stevros88
    • By stevros88 14th Feb 18, 4:34 AM
    • 15 Posts
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    stevros88
    Quote: £822 from Expedia (no booking fee)
    Flights: Thomas Cook, Manchester to JFK (30/04 at 10:35, return 06/05 at 22:00)
    1 adult
    Hotel: Best Western Plus La Guardia
    Standard room including full breakfast
    • Prothor
    • By Prothor 1st Mar 18, 12:57 PM
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    Prothor
    The Quote itself: :£1624.34 per person
    Who the quote is from: loveholidays.com
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Thomas Cook
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates: 18/05/2018 - 01/06/2018
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    The Hotel (or * if it's allocate on arrival): Grand Sunset Princess All Suites & Spa in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All inclusive
    Any specific requirements:
    Is an in-flight meal included: Yes - 2 vegetarian


    Can anyone beat this price, please?
    • T8RSP
    • By T8RSP 6th Mar 18, 7:55 PM
    • 149 Posts
    • 19 Thanks
    T8RSP
    Hi all,

    I know this is asking a lot but I thought nothing ventured and all that...

    I am after flights out from London in the morning of the 13th of July to Tenerife. All that is needed is a seat and a bag. An extra cabin bag would be nice but not essential.

    I can go via Ryanair from Stansted to Tenerife South for just under £400 for 2 people. I was hoping that it could be obtained somewhat cheaper - but I know I am probably hoping for the impossible.

    Many thanks in advance!
    • Ganga
    • By Ganga 8th Mar 18, 2:27 PM
    • 1,118 Posts
    • 571 Thanks
    Ganga
    I do not think that any travel agents are replying/monitoring to this thread since MATTR5 has had to pack it in.
    ITS NOT EASY TO GET EVERYTHING WRONG ,I HAVE TO WORK HARD TO DO IT!
    • Destiny33
    • By Destiny33 11th Mar 18, 6:23 PM
    • 1,187 Posts
    • 1,393 Thanks
    Destiny33
    Matt is great, think i might have the honour of being the last MSE booking with him?
    • Ganga
    • By Ganga 12th Mar 18, 4:17 PM
    • 1,118 Posts
    • 571 Thanks
    Ganga
    Matt is great, think i might have the honour of being the last MSE booking with him?
    Originally posted by Destiny33
    We have booked three holidays this year with him
    ITS NOT EASY TO GET EVERYTHING WRONG ,I HAVE TO WORK HARD TO DO IT!
    • Destiny33
    • By Destiny33 12th Mar 18, 6:54 PM
    • 1,187 Posts
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    Destiny33
    We have booked three holidays this year with him
    Originally posted by Ganga
    now I am very jealous! I have one to hopefully look forward to.

    Have a great time! (and a quiet whisper) BRING BACK MATT!!!
    • Ganga
    • By Ganga 13th Mar 18, 2:14 PM
    • 1,118 Posts
    • 571 Thanks
    Ganga
    now I am very jealous! I have one to hopefully look forward to.

    Have a great time! (and a quiet whisper) BRING BACK MATT!!!
    Originally posted by Destiny33
    You can always contact him direct if you are looking for a better price for a holiday.
    ITS NOT EASY TO GET EVERYTHING WRONG ,I HAVE TO WORK HARD TO DO IT!
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