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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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    • adamjudge01
    • By adamjudge01 22nd Mar 18, 3:51 PM
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    adamjudge01
    My honeymoon to Thailand/Dubai
    Hi my Quote is the below, please can you contact me if you can beat it on [Removed]

    Quote is from: Away holiday
    Price: 1939 pp

    Includes Breakfast & transfers

    Depart/return from/to Manchester
    09/07/2018 !!!8211; Dubai for 3 nights !!!8211; Hotel Sofitel Jumeirah Beach
    13/07/2018 !!!8211; Bangkok for 2 nights !!!8211; Avani Riverside
    15/07/2018 !!!8211; Phuket 7 nights !!!8211; Vijit Resort
    19/07/2018 !!!8211; Koh Samui for 3 nights!!!8211; SALA Samui Choengmon Beach resort (Garden Pool Villa)
    22/07/2018 - return to Mcr
    Last edited by MSE ForumTeam2; 22-03-2018 at 10:54 PM.
    • Alan Bowen
    • By Alan Bowen 27th Mar 18, 5:48 PM
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    Alan Bowen
    There is no agent responding any longer, there is no point in leaving any further requests
    • betterbargains4u
    • By betterbargains4u 28th Mar 18, 1:47 PM
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    betterbargains4u
    I need a quote for the following please
    London Heathrow to Sydney NSW flights with hotel from 27th December 2018 to 27th January 2019 for 2 adults.
    Would prefer the Sydney harbour/City/Darling harbour area with breakfast.
    When life throws you lemons...put them in a gin and tonic !!
    • kittyboo18
    • By kittyboo18 13th Apr 18, 6:36 PM
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    kittyboo18
    Hi

    I need a quote for the following please.

    4 adults an 1 under 2 - 30th September - 7th October Newcastle to Lanzarote

    Thank you x
    • Ganga
    • By Ganga 13th Apr 18, 11:54 PM
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    Ganga
    As has been stated,no Travel Agents are monitoring this site anymore so people are wasting there time asking for help/price reductions
    ITS NOT EASY TO GET EVERYTHING WRONG ,I HAVE TO WORK HARD TO DO IT!
    • midlandsholidaysJo
    • By midlandsholidaysJo 23rd Apr 18, 10:05 AM
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    midlandsholidaysJo
    Hi, I am a travel agent and am happy to try and beat some quotes. I have started a new profile for this purpose - hence the zero post count (or 1 now) but am a long standing MSE user!
    Last edited by midlandsholidaysJo; 23-04-2018 at 10:24 AM.
    I am a travel agent

    My companys ABTA number is L3832/ATOL 5534. 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.
    • Vems
    • By Vems 26th Apr 18, 3:46 PM
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    Vems
    R.Caribbean Cruise
    Hi, Can you beat this quote please:
    3 couples, could possibly be up to 6 couples going:
    29th June 2019
    Royal Caribbean Cruise, Rhapsody of the Seas, Greece & Croatia
    Balcony Cabin 4B grade - midship

    The quote is:
    1689pp for cruise & flights and $150pp on board credit
    Thanks
    • midlandsholidaysJo
    • By midlandsholidaysJo 27th Apr 18, 6:34 PM
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    midlandsholidaysJo
    Hello, which airport would you like to fly from please and what is the duration of the cruise?

    Many thanks
    Jo
    I am a travel agent

    My companys ABTA number is L3832/ATOL 5534. 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.
    • midlandsholidaysJo
    • By midlandsholidaysJo 27th Apr 18, 7:12 PM
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    midlandsholidaysJo
    Found duration, just need airport please (and are you planning to stay over in Venice before/after cruise - or just arriving on 29th) and whether transfers are included or not.

    Many thanks,
    Jo
    Last edited by midlandsholidaysJo; 27-04-2018 at 7:38 PM.
    I am a travel agent

    My companys ABTA number is L3832/ATOL 5534. 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.
    • Vems
    • By Vems 27th Apr 18, 10:32 PM
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    Vems
    We want to fly from Gatwick and arrive on morning of cruise and fly back to the UK on same day the ship returns. Transfers are included in price. - Thanks Jo
    • midlandsholidaysJo
    • By midlandsholidaysJo 28th Apr 18, 8:16 AM
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    midlandsholidaysJo
    Hi, no problems. I shall see what I can do :-)
    I am a travel agent

    My companys ABTA number is L3832/ATOL 5534. 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.
    • midlandsholidaysJo
    • By midlandsholidaysJo 28th Apr 18, 9:47 AM
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    midlandsholidaysJo
    I have sent you a message.
    I am a travel agent

    My companys ABTA number is L3832/ATOL 5534. 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.
    • Westin
    • By Westin 1st May 18, 8:07 AM
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    Westin
    To Vems and other who use this thread,

    Please read Post #1 and in particular Step 2 and the suggested template to use when asking for agents (or midlandsholidaysJo) to respond with answers and prices. Far easier to give all the information for your quote in advance or we end up with a back and forth on questioning posts.
    • Vems
    • By Vems 1st May 18, 11:40 AM
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    Vems
    Thank you for your help but TBH I don't find this website very easy to find things, in this section or other sections - it is great and so crammed with good info maybe that is the issue - where would I find post #1 - I tried but couldn't find it. Cheers
    • quoia
    • By quoia 1st May 18, 12:45 PM
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    quoia
    Thank you for your help but TBH I don't find this website very easy to find things, in this section or other sections - it is great and so crammed with good info maybe that is the issue - where would I find post #1 - I tried but couldn't find it. Cheers
    Originally posted by Vems
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