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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’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 10:37 AM.
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    • Gemma182
    • By Gemma182 23rd Aug 18, 2:05 PM
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    Gemma182
    The Quote itself: £1975.34
    Who the quote is from: Virgin Holidays
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Virgin Flights/Cabana Bay Universal
    The departure Airport/Post: London Gatwick
    The Holiday Dates: Saturday 1st September - Tuesday 11th 2018
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Cabana Bay Universal
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Room Only
    Any specific requirements: Free parking at the hotel is included
    Is an in-flight meal included: Yes
    Last edited by Gemma182; 23-08-2018 at 2:07 PM. Reason: Forgotten detail
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 30th Aug 18, 2:25 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Holiday
    Hi Sup3rArsenal

    Thanks for the kind words - Glad I could save you money

    I'm going to start Pricebeating on here again folks so post your deals to beat

    Mattr5
    • declangerard
    • By declangerard 30th Aug 18, 7:28 PM
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    declangerard
    The Quote itself: £2448
    Who the quote is from: tui.co.uk
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Tui
    The departure Airport/Post: London Gatwick
    The Holiday Dates: 1st August to 8th August
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages):2 adults & 14 year old child
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Hotel La Siesta
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Half Board
    Any specific requirements:Pre booked seats(not included in Quote)
    Is an in-flight meal included: No

    OR

    The Quote itself: £2112
    Who the quote is from: Jet2Holidays.com
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Jet2
    The departure Airport/Post: London Stansted
    The Holiday Dates: 3rd August to 10th August
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages):2 adults & 14 year old child
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Hotel La Siesta
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Half Board
    Any specific requirements: Pre booked seats(not included in Quote)
    Is an in-flight meal included: No

    My preference is to fly from Gatwick but will consider any London airport or Bournemouth. Would love to get as near to my budget of around £2000 as possible and can travel form 24th July to mid August 2019.


    Thanks for your efforts in advance.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 30th Aug 18, 9:11 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Tenerife
    Hi declangerard


    Ive sent you a PM - I can beat this price

    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
    • Ganga
    • By Ganga 31st Aug 18, 10:44 AM
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    Ganga
    Hi Sup3rArsenal

    Thanks for the kind words - Glad I could save you money

    I'm going to start Pricebeating on here again folks so post your deals to beat

    Mattr5
    Originally posted by MATTR5
    Glad you are back Mathew,saving people money is something you are good at
    ITS NOT EASY TO GET EVERYTHING WRONG ,I HAVE TO WORK HARD TO DO IT!
    • Lyncj01
    • By Lyncj01 5th Sep 18, 12:23 PM
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    Lyncj01
    Hi all and anybody who can help.

    We will be travelling to Sydney next summer as the twins finish their GCSE's in June so plan to do a 6 week hols.
    Need some advise.
    We want to fly into the Far East (very flexible) on 30th June ish. We will then do some 'local' travelling and then fly to Sydney for 10 days. Then back to UK; either directly or again, stay a few days somewhere in the Far East on route.
    There are 4 of us and we will fly Business Class on all the major legs.

    WHAT IS THE CHEAPEST OPTION FOR US?
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 5th Sep 18, 12:31 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Australia
    Hi

    This isnt one I can help with - you're going to need this Tailor Made or just put it together yourself - i'll PM You some Company suggestions - you may also get some help in some of the Travel Forums - this Forum is just where you have a price for a Holiday and want an agent to beat it

    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
    • declangerard
    • By declangerard 6th Sep 18, 9:06 PM
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    declangerard
    The Quote itself: £2766
    Who the quote is from: Jet2Holidays.com
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Jet2
    The departure Airport/Post: London Stansted
    The Holiday Dates: 16th August to 26th August
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages):2 adults & 14 year old child
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Hotel La Siesta
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Half Board
    Any specific requirements: Pre booked seats
    Is an in-flight meal included: No

    Could stretch to an increased budget so can anyone beat this 10 night quote. Can go anytime in the 6 week hols but must be back by 28th
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 7th Sep 18, 10:51 AM
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    MATTR5
    Hi declangerard

    I can beat this or I can get you an extra night so 11 nts on the 20th for the same price

    I've sent you a PM

    I am a Travel Agent
    My company’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
    • chelseak12345
    • By chelseak12345 14th Sep 18, 3:41 PM
    • 11 Posts
    • 1 Thanks
    chelseak12345
    The Quote itself: £565
    Who the quote is from: jet2holidays
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: thb sa coma majorca jet2
    The departure Airport/Post: birmingham
    The Holiday Dates: 25th october - 4 nights
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 1
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): thb sa coma majorca
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): all inclusive
    Any specific requirements: no
    Is an in-flight meal included: no
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 14th Sep 18, 5:29 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi chelseak12345

    I can beat this for you

    I've sent you a PM

    I am a Travel Agent
    My company’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
    • Realale
    • By Realale 17th Sep 18, 4:39 PM
    • 7 Posts
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    Realale
    The Quote itself: £4589
    Who the quote is from: Tui
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Tui
    The departure Airport/Post: East Midlands
    The Holiday Dates: 30 July 2019 - 14 nights
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 Adults 1 child (15)
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Liberty Lara Antalya Turkey
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive
    Any specific requirements: none
    Is an in-flight meal included: no

    We are flexible on leave date and can fly from Luton, East Midlands or Birmingham
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 17th Sep 18, 6:31 PM
    • 631 Posts
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    MATTR5
    Hi Realale

    I can beat this for you

    I've sent you a PM

    I am a Travel Agent
    My company’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
    • OwenWat
    • By OwenWat 18th Sep 18, 10:54 AM
    • 1 Posts
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    OwenWat
    Last Minute - Majorca
    Hi everyone,

    I am booking a last minute/secret holiday to Majorca for my fiancee.
    After losing a passport and missing a 2 week trip to Portugal earlier this year (losing £1500.00), I'd really like to get abroad on the cheap this October.
    Can anyone beat this quote?

    The Quote itself: £785
    Who the quote is from: Love Holidays
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Ryanair, morning outbound, afternoon inbound
    The departure Airport/Post: Bristol
    The Holiday Dates: 14th October 2018 - 21st October 2018
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 Adults
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Globales America, Majorca
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive
    Any specific requirements: none
    Is an in-flight meal included: no
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 18th Sep 18, 11:03 AM
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    MATTR5
    Hi Owenwat

    I cant beat this for you sorry - I always struggle with Ryanair

    I've sent you a PM

    I am a Travel Agent
    My company’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
    • markdavey
    • By markdavey 18th Sep 18, 11:05 AM
    • 609 Posts
    • 252 Thanks
    markdavey
    Hotel Costa Calero
    The Quote itself: £1358 per person
    Who the quote is from: Jet2
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Jet2
    The departure Airport/Post: Birmingham to Lanzarote (although happy with any airport south of Birmingham)
    The Holiday Dates: 18th August 2019 for 14 nights
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages):2 Adults, 2 Children (9,12)
    The Hotel: Costa Calero - Family Interconnecting Room
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): AI
    Direct flight
    Incs 22kg luggage and transfers
    Is an in-flight meal included: No
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 18th Sep 18, 11:11 AM
    • 631 Posts
    • 145 Thanks
    MATTR5
    re Costa Calero
    Hi Markdavey

    I can beat this for you

    I've 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
    • smiffy01uk
    • By smiffy01uk 19th Sep 18, 12:25 PM
    • 79 Posts
    • 57 Thanks
    smiffy01uk
    The Quote itself: £836.08
    Who the quote is from: HolidayGems
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Ryanair 06:30 out 11:05 in
    The departure Airport/Post: Stansted
    The Holiday Dates: 10th Nov - 17th Nov
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 Adults
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Arena Suite, Corralejo
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive
    Any specific requirements: pool view
    Is an in-flight meal included: no



    Transfer included in price. Hand luggage only
    Last edited by smiffy01uk; 19-09-2018 at 12:32 PM.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 19th Sep 18, 12:43 PM
    • 631 Posts
    • 145 Thanks
    MATTR5
    Hi smiffy01uk

    I can't beat this for you sorry - I always struggle with Ryanair

    I've sent you a PM

    I am a Travel Agent
    My company’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
    • mustardtree6
    • By mustardtree6 19th Sep 18, 2:52 PM
    • 37 Posts
    • 7 Thanks
    mustardtree6
    • The Quote itself:£2865
    • Who the quote is from: TUI
    • Is there a booking fee: No
    • The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Thomson/Hotel Diana Palace
    • The departure Airport/Post:Bristol
    • The Holiday Dates:26/5/2019 - 2/6/19
    • The number of people travelling (inc kids ages):2 adults, 2 children (12 & 14)
    • The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): 4*
    • The Board (self catering/half board etc)ll Inclusive
    • Any specific requirements:2 bedrooms preferable.
    • Is an in-flight meal included:no
    The staff member refused to budge on the price. Seemed to be a bit expensive to me.
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