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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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    • GoToGal
    • By GoToGal 1st Jan 19, 1:41 PM
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    GoToGal
    Far East Multi City
    The Quote itself: £6179 - multi-city Manchester (10.05.19) - Hong Kong (15.05.19) - Tokyo - Osaka (24.05.19) - Manchester
    Who the quote is from: Expedia
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Cathays Pacific
    The departure Airport/Post: Manchester
    The Holiday Dates: 10 May - 24 May 2019
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 4 adults
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): City Garden Hotel (Hong Kong), Tokyo IC (Tokyo), Crowne Plaza (Osaka)
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Continental Breakfast
    Any specific requirements: N/A
    Is an in-flight meal included: Included


    2 rooms needed
    Happy to consider other hotels of the same rating
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 1st Jan 19, 3:27 PM
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    MATTR5
    re far east
    Hi GoToGal

    I cant beat that price sorry

    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
    • lostsoul25
    • By lostsoul25 3rd Jan 19, 11:21 PM
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    lostsoul25
    Lanzarote quote
    The Quote itself: £433 £40flight+386accomm (presume doesnt include priority cabin baggage & seat selection
    Who the quote is from: Sunmaster
    Is there a booking fee: £4.95
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Ryanair
    The departure Airport/Post: Newcastle
    The Holiday Dates: 9th January - 16th January.
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 1 adults
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Oasis Lanz Beach Mate, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Half Board, Vanity Room
    Any specific requirements: Priority & 2 Cabin Bags
    Is an in-flight meal included: no
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 4th Jan 19, 1:03 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi lostsoul25

    I can't beat that price sorry
    Just as a guide to people posting here I can't beat anything involving Ryanair as I refuse to book them - and I will guarantee to beat andy Jet2hols, Thomas Cook, TUI/Thomson/First Choice (Currently for TUI May deps onwards only), Kuoni, Olympic, Balkan Hols and a few others

    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
    • Claribelle
    • By Claribelle 5th Jan 19, 1:27 PM
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    Claribelle
    Hi I wonder if anyone can get me a better deal?


    The Quote itself: £3085.24 for 5 people requiring 3 rooms in New York
    Who the quote is from: Expedia
    Is there a booking fee: No
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: Expedia (United Airlines)
    The departure Airport/Post: LHR
    The Holiday Dates: 18 - 22 November 2019
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 5 adults needing 3 rooms
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): Eurostars Wall Street
    The Board Room only

    So we want a nice hotel in Manhatten but apart from that we are open to suggestions if it could save a bit of money.


    Many thanks for any help you can give.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 5th Jan 19, 1:38 PM
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    MATTR5
    RE New York
    Hi Claribelle

    I can save you a little bit on this one

    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
    • AIQUEEN
    • By AIQUEEN 6th Jan 19, 1:08 AM
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    AIQUEEN
    Beat my quote please
    The Quote itself: £825pp
    Who the quote is from: combined from booking.com and sky scanner
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: thomas cook airline and steigenberger aqua majic hotel hurghada
    The departure Airport/Post: manchester
    The Holiday Dates: 3/4/18-14/4/18
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 7 adults and 2 kids aged 10&12
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): steigenberger aqua majic hurghada
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): all inc
    Any specific requirements: 2 of the rooms are a 2 bedroom family room with 1 double bed and 2 single beds
    Is an in-flight meal included: n/a
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 6th Jan 19, 8:52 AM
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    MATTR5
    re Steigenberger Aqua
    Hi AIQueen

    I can't beat that price sorry
    Just as a guide to people posting here I will guarantee to beat andy Jet2hols, Thomas Cook, TUI/Thomson/First Choice (Currently for TUI May deps onwards only), Kuoni, Olympic, Balkan Hols and a few others

    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
    • Ivrytwr3
    • By Ivrytwr3 6th Jan 19, 3:51 PM
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    Ivrytwr3
    In-laws have asked me to enquire about a cruise they have seen in one of their Sunday supplements:

    Cruise and Maritime Voyages, Grand Baltic Cities & St Petersburg cruise, 15 days from £1199 on the Columbus departing Sep 19.

    Would be looking at Ocean View Standard twin @ £1669 per person

    https://www.cruiseandmaritime.com/cruise/c918/grand-baltic-cities-st-petersburg
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 6th Jan 19, 4:13 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Cruise and Maritime
    Hi Ivrytwr3

    I can beat that price by 7% approx so my price £1550 pp

    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
    • wwp8
    • By wwp8 6th Jan 19, 7:24 PM
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    wwp8
    Hi

    Looking at Cruise with P&O.
    France, Spain and Guernsey
    04 MAY - 11 MAY 2019 | 7 NIGHTS | 4 PORTS | AZURA (A911)

    2 cabins
    Cabin 1, single passenger 80 years
    Cabin 2, 2 passengers 41 and 36

    Early Saver
    Grade: inside PE

    Price: Cabin 1 £774.06
    Cabin 2 £968.06
    this is with Vision cruise using code 'COMPARE'
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 7th Jan 19, 4:54 PM
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    MATTR5
    re P&O Cruise
    Hi wwp8

    I can't beat that price sorry

    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
    • benxg
    • By benxg 13th Jan 19, 5:03 PM
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    benxg
    Quote please
    Hi,

    I have a quote from Thomas Cook for:
    7 nights all inclusive
    Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Resort, Egypt
    Standard sea view room
    2 adults
    Depart 25 March 2019, 09:00, from BHX to Marsa Alam
    Return 1 April 2019, to BHX, 16:40
    15kg luggage allowance per person
    ATOL
    Includes:
    - return transfers
    - standard meal out and back per person
    - pre-selected seats on flight out and return
    £647.23pp
    Any better offers? I'm quite set on Marsa Alam but don't mind a different hotel as long as it's higher up in the trip advisor rating!
    Thanks!
    Ben
    Last edited by benxg; 13-01-2019 at 6:38 PM. Reason: Missed something out
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 13th Jan 19, 5:08 PM
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    MATTR5
    re marsa Alam
    Hi benxg

    I can beat that price by £30pp like for like so my price £617 pp
    We can look at other hotels when you call but I can beat any of their prices like for like and the whole package will be with them

    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

    Edit noted and my price still stands
    Last edited by MATTR5; 13-01-2019 at 7:27 PM.
    • AIQUEEN
    • By AIQUEEN 13th Jan 19, 8:49 PM
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    AIQUEEN
    Family trip to hurghada
    Hi can anyone help in beating this quote please?

    The Quote itself: £6658.00
    Who the quote is from: travel republic
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: thomas cook airline and serenity makadi beach hotel
    The departure Airport/Post: manchester
    The Holiday Dates: 4/4/18-14/4/18 (can also go on the 3rd too)
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 7 adults and 2 kids aged 10&12
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): serenity makadi beach
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): all inclusive
    Any specific requirements: 1 double room, 1 triple room and one family room
    Is an in-flight meal included: n/a
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 14th Jan 19, 12:58 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Hurghada
    Hi AIQueen

    I can't beat that price sorry
    Just as a guide to people posting here I will guarantee to beat andy Jet2hols, Thomas Cook, TUI/Thomson/First Choice (Currently for TUI May deps onwards only), Kuoni, Olympic, Balkan Hols and a few others

    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
    • DLV1983
    • By DLV1983 14th Jan 19, 6:28 PM
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    DLV1983
    Spain: Isla Canela - TUI: (1-11 August)
    The Quote itself: £4,632 +1% cash back
    Who the quote is from: TUI
    Is there a booking fee:NO
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: TUI/TUI/Hotel Barcelo Isla Canela
    The departure Airport/Post: Stansted to Faro - coach transfer included
    The Holiday Dates: 1 August - 11 August 2019
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 4 (2 adults and 2 kids aged 7 and 4)
    The Hotel (or * if itís allocate on arrival): Hotel Barcelo Isla Canela: 2 connectingTwin Rooms with French Balcony
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): Half Board
    Any specific requirements:
    Is an in-flight meal included:

    Thanks!
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 14th Jan 19, 6:35 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Isla Canela
    Hi DLV1983

    I can beat this but not by a huge amount - £4575 so not much in it - If you collect Co-op Membership Points im giving Double Points but i'll understand if yiou book direct

    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
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