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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.
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    • midlandsholidaysJo
    • By midlandsholidaysJo 13th Jun 18, 2:34 PM
    • 12 Posts
    • 2 Thanks
    midlandsholidaysJo
    Hi there! The PM worked! I shall have a look. Thanks
    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.
    • baloo
    • By baloo 20th Jun 18, 2:53 PM
    • 107 Posts
    • 15 Thanks
    baloo
    The Quote itself: 1357 pp
    Who the quote is from: 1st Choice
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: 1st Choice
    The departure Airport/Post: BHX
    The Holiday Dates: 7th of May 2019 (but flexible from 1st April - 30th June)
    Duration; 2 weeks
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    The Hotel (): LBH Bouganville, La Romana, Dom Rep
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Adults Only All Inclusive
    Any specific requirements: Extra leg room if poss
    Is an in-flight meal included: yes
    Luggage; included in price (20kg)
    Transfer; included in price
    • smudger478
    • By smudger478 23rd Jun 18, 5:03 PM
    • 22 Posts
    • 1 Thanks
    smudger478
    The Quote itself:
    Who the quote is from: First Choice
    Is there a booking fee:No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel:First Choice
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates:5 - 16 November (11 nights)
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    The Hotel (or * if it!!!8217;s allocate on arrival): Jaz Makadi Saraya, Hughada
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive
    Any specific requirements:
    Is an in-flight meal included: No

    This is a package deal and includes 15kg luggage and transfers. The cost I have is1543
    Last edited by smudger478; 23-06-2018 at 5:22 PM.
    • midlandsholidaysJo
    • By midlandsholidaysJo 23rd Jun 18, 10:41 PM
    • 12 Posts
    • 2 Thanks
    midlandsholidaysJo
    Hi, I've messaged you. 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 23rd Jun 18, 10:55 PM
    • 12 Posts
    • 2 Thanks
    midlandsholidaysJo
    Sorry, I've only just seen your message Baloo. Messaged you
    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.
    • Gavin74
    • By Gavin74 13th Jul 18, 10:54 AM
    • 1 Posts
    • 0 Thanks
    Gavin74
    10 nights in Havana - Beat my Quote!
    The Quote: 2711.10
    Who the quote is from: Travel Republic
    Is there a booking fee:No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel:Virgin/Del Tejadillo Boutique Hotel
    The departure Airport/Post: Gatwick (any London is fine)
    The Holiday Dates: 08/02/19 to 18/02/19 (10 nights)
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    The Hotel (or * if it!!!8217;s allocate on arrival): Del Tejadillo Boutique Hotel, 4*
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): B&B
    Any specific requirements: Includes private transfers and meet & Greet at Gatwick
    Is an in-flight meal included: Yes
    • Dmerry
    • By Dmerry 14th Jul 18, 6:42 PM
    • 5 Posts
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    Dmerry
    The Quote: 2718.20
    Who the quote is from: TUI
    Is there a booking fee:No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/HotelUI/TUI SENSIMAR EL DORADO SEASIDE SUITES & SPA
    The departure Airport/Post: Gatwick (any London is fine)
    The Holiday Dates: 18/07/18 to 24/07/18 (7 nights)
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    The Hotel (or * if it!!!8217;s allocate on arrival): TUI SENSIMAR EL DORADO SEASIDE SUITES & SPA
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): ALL INCLUSIVE
    Any specific requirements:
    Is an in-flight meal included: Yes
    • midlandsholidaysJo
    • By midlandsholidaysJo 16th Jul 18, 10:00 PM
    • 12 Posts
    • 2 Thanks
    midlandsholidaysJo
    PM you both
    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.
    • Chrisca50
    • By Chrisca50 17th Jul 18, 6:54 PM
    • 717 Posts
    • 7,276 Thanks
    Chrisca50
    The Quote: 6279
    Who the quote is from: Booking.com
    Is there a booking fee:No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel Virgin Atlantic (premium seats) (both morning flights)
    The departure Airport/Post: Heathrow to New York (JFK)
    The Holiday Dates: 29/3/2019-3/4/19
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 4 adults (2 rooms)
    The Hotel - Hotel Beacon (2 rooms with 2 double beds in each)
    The Board - room only
    Any specific requirements:
    Is an in-flight meal included: Yes
    • michaelam
    • By michaelam 17th Jul 18, 9:00 PM
    • 11 Posts
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    michaelam
    The Quote: 1952
    Who the quote is from: Jet2
    Is there a booking fee:No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel Jet2
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester to Palma
    Holiday Dates: 13/10/18 for 7 nights
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults _ 1 x 2yrold, 1 x 4yr old
    The Hotel - Zafiro Baha
    The Board - half board
    Any specific requirements: To have separate living and sleeping arrangements so that adults can relax in the evening without waking up kids, flights to be within 3hrs travel, kid friendly pool, kids club not essential, on a beach. Doesn't have to be this hotel or resort. It's just been recommended by friends. Only needs to be half board.
    Is an in-flight meal included: Yes

    Would want to arrange own taxi transport to and from the hotel.
    • gdbhoy
    • By gdbhoy 17th Jul 18, 9:15 PM
    • 7 Posts
    • 2 Thanks
    gdbhoy
    The Quote itself: 1140 pp
    Who the quote is from: local travel agent
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: virgin
    The departure Airport/Post Dublin (would prefer Belfast) to Manchester to Las Vegas
    The Return Airport/Las Vegas to Heathrow to Dublin (would prefer Belfast)
    The Holiday Dates: 25th of May 2019 to 3rd of June (but flexible from 12th may to 31st)
    Duration; 9 Nights
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 6 adults 3 rooms
    The Hotel ():MGM Grand
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Room only
    Any specific requirements: Extra leg room if poss
    Is an in-flight meal included: yes
    Luggage; included in price (20kg)
    Transfer; not sure
    • midlandsholidaysJo
    • By midlandsholidaysJo 17th Jul 18, 10:22 PM
    • 12 Posts
    • 2 Thanks
    midlandsholidaysJo
    I have inboxed all!
    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.
    • janiebaby29
    • By janiebaby29 18th Jul 18, 6:05 AM
    • 1,707 Posts
    • 3,073 Thanks
    janiebaby29
    The Quote itself: 2540
    Who the quote is from: thomas cook
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: thomas cook Liberty Hotels Lykia
    Turkey, Dalaman, Olu Deniz
    The departure Airport/Post: london stansted
    The Holiday Dates: 4th sept to the 12th sept
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults 3 kids 09 and 12 and 8 months
    The Hotel (or * if it!!!8217;s allocate on arrival):
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): all inclusive
    Any specific requirements:
    Is an in-flight meal included: no
    The original janiebaby
    • midlandsholidaysJo
    • By midlandsholidaysJo 18th Jul 18, 4:39 PM
    • 12 Posts
    • 2 Thanks
    midlandsholidaysJo
    Pm has been sent!
    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.
    • Curos
    • By Curos 19th Jul 18, 1:32 PM
    • 19 Posts
    • 7 Thanks
    Curos
    The Quote: 522pp
    Who the quote is from: TUI
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Tui/Catalonia Oro Negro
    The departure Airport/Post: Birmingham (Manchester or East Mids is fine too)
    The Holiday Dates: 09/09/18-16/09/18 (7 nights - we could travel from the 7th, 8th or 9th but need 7 nights)
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    The Hotel: Catalonia Oro Negro, Tenerife
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Half board
    Any specific requirements: Tui price includes transfers
    Is an in-flight meal included: No
    • aimo
    • By aimo 29th Jul 18, 10:13 PM
    • 74 Posts
    • 54 Thanks
    aimo
    The Quote itself: 969 pp
    Who the quote is from: jet2holidays
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Jet 2 / Hotel Adalya Elite Lara
    The departure Airport/Post: East Midlands
    The Holiday Dates: 23rd August 18
    Duration; 10 nights
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults 2 children age 8 and 11yrs
    The Hotel (): Adalya Elite Lara, Turkey
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive plus
    Any specific requirements:
    Is an in-flight meal included: not sure
    Luggage; included in price (22kg x 4)
    Transfer; included in price
    • Sup3rArsenal
    • By Sup3rArsenal 10th Aug 18, 9:23 AM
    • 44 Posts
    • 7 Thanks
    Sup3rArsenal
    We have just got back from our holiday in Orlando.
    MATTR5 helped beat the quote we had from travel agent and was fantastic all the way through.
    My wife was a little dubious about booking from a third party but Matt was professional, helpful and (very) patient.
    Thanks Matt, we will speak again soon.
    • bigkenny1975
    • By bigkenny1975 15th Aug 18, 2:03 PM
    • 22 Posts
    • 2 Thanks
    bigkenny1975
    I realise I probably have a decent deal but it is a last minute so worth trying.


    The Quote itself: 1134
    Who the quote is from: Jet2 Holidays
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Jet 2 Holidays
    The departure Airport/Post: Newcastle - Open to Leeds, Edinburgh, Glasgow or Manchester
    The Holiday Dates: 15th September 2018 for 7 nights (can do +/- a day or two)
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 4 - 2 adults, 4 year old and 1 year old
    The Hotel (or * if it!!!8217;s allocate on arrival): Turbo Club Apartments Maspalomas Gran Canaria - BUT I am open to Balearics, Canaries or Portugal so long as it is rated well on Trip Adviser
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive
    Any specific requirements: One bed apartment (minimum) and transfers required
    Is an in-flight meal included: Yes
    • GoToGal
    • By GoToGal 15th Aug 18, 2:37 PM
    • 758 Posts
    • 1,656 Thanks
    GoToGal
    Spring 2019 Manchester to Orlando with partial hotel booking
    The Quote itself: 2007
    Who the quote is from: Virgin Holidays
    Is there a booking fee: 25.00 (included in quote)
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Virgin Holidays/Virgin Atlantic Economy classic 24/2/2019 - 10/03/2019
    The departure Airport/Post: MAN - MCO
    The Holiday Dates: 24/02/2019 - 10/03/2019
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2
    The Hotel (or * if it!!!8217;s allocate on arrival):Universal's Aventura Hotel Orlando 24/2/2019 - 3/3/2019 (7 days only)
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Standard room
    Any specific requirements: Quote includes: one way transfer to hotel (shared coach), 2 x Universal Orlando 3 Park Explorer Tickets, use of v-room at Manchester Airport
    Is an in-flight meal included: Yes
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