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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 23rd Jul 07, 5:25 PM
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    Beat My Quote! Travel Agents Thread
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    • 23rd Jul 07, 5:25 PM
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    Beat My Quote! Travel Agents Thread 23rd Jul 07 at 5:25 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 9:37 AM.
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    • quoia
    • By quoia 14th Apr 19, 3:41 PM
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    quoia
    Hi Matt

    Hope you can help me like you have done so in the past.

    Think you have said before that you struggle with TUI Late Deals ....

    ... not sure if this "qualifies" as such


    First Choice online
    2 Adults
    Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda Village - Playa del Carmen, Mexico
    Thu 6 Jun 2019 - 21 nights
    Deluxe Double Room with Garden View and Balcony or Terrace
    All Inclusive
    Birmingham - Direct on a 787 Dreamliner

    Total = £2838

    Cheers
    Q
    There are 10 types of people in the world. ‹(•¿•)›
    ‹(•¿•)› Those that understand binary and those that do not!


    Veni, Vidi, VISA ! ................. I came, I saw, I PURCHASED
    (11)A104.28S94.98O112.46N86.73D101.02(12)J130.63F126.76M134.38A200.98M156.30J95.56J102.85A175.93
    S LOWER CASE OMEGA;6.59 so far ..
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 14th Apr 19, 4:02 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi quoia

    I cant beat this as you guessed - sorry they give such big online discounts on their late deals

    Ive sent you a PM

    Mattr5
    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.
    • loopylousue
    • By loopylousue 16th Apr 19, 3:19 PM
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    loopylousue
    Cruise quote
    Can anyone beat my quote please this is based on per person and there will be 4 of us travelling so we would need 2 cabins.

    It’s with Jetline cruises
    March 2020 (we are flexible February/ March)
    Fly to Miami from London
    Cruise with MSC Miami South Beach Weekender & Cuban Rumba Cruise
    Date INSIDE. OUTSIDE BALCONY
    7-Mar-20 C £1,499 £1499 £1799
    14-Mar-20 A £1,499 £1,499 £1849
    21-Mar-20 C £1599 £1,599 £1,949
    As we want to fly from Manchester the additional flight is £159.00 pp
    Includes 2 night Miami South Beach hotel stay and airport transfers
    Includes: All Inclusive - drinks package on board & overnight on board in Havana,
    Thank you for looking
    Last edited by loopylousue; 16-04-2019 at 3:34 PM.
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 16th Apr 19, 6:51 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi loopylousue

    I cant beat this as I dont do Cruise

    Ive sent you a PM

    Mattr5
    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.
    • dan05delaney
    • By dan05delaney 18th Apr 19, 2:22 PM
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    dan05delaney
    First time doing this,

    Walt Disney World Holiday


    Quote: £3,920 from Travel Planners
    2 Adults
    Dates: 14/03/2020 – 24/03/2020
    Manchester to Orlando
    Hotel: Disney coronado springs
    Flights: Virgin Atlantic,

    Also that includes Disney Park Tickets and free dining plan
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 18th Apr 19, 2:43 PM
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    MATTR5
    re Disney
    Hi dan05delaney

    I cant beat this sorry - normally good on Disney but we are out pricewise on this one

    Ive sent you a PM

    Mattr5
    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.
    • TC_Nick
    • By TC_Nick 22nd Apr 19, 8:40 PM
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    TC_Nick
    Worth pointing out that they shouldnt be selling the free disney dining package until 25 April 2019 when it goes on sale ...

    Just be careful as there is no way this can actually be booked with the offer until this date.
    My company’s ATOL number is 6751. MSE doesn't check my status as a Travel Agent, so you need to take my word for it. ATOL numbers can be checked with the CAA.
    . This signature is here as I follow MSE's Travel Agent Code of Conduct.
    • loobs40
    • By loobs40 23rd Apr 19, 1:22 PM
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    loobs40
    The Quote itself: £1115.90 pp
    Who the quote is from: First Choice, 24/09 10 days £1115.80 including 20kg luggage, all inclusive, daytime flights
    Is there a booking fee: no
    The Tour Operator/Airline/Hotel: First Choice ELA QUALITY RESORT HOTEL, Belek
    The departure Airport/Post: any London, prefer Luton or Stansted
    The Holiday Dates: 24th Sept for 9 or 10 nights, flexible on start date
    The number of people travelling (inc kids ages): 2 adults
    The Hotel (or * if it’s allocate on arrival): ELA QUALITY RESORT HOTEL,
    The Board (self catering/half board etc): All Inclusive
    Any specific requirements: none
    Is an in-flight meal included: no

    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 23rd Apr 19, 4:29 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi loobs40

    I cant beat this sorry

    Ive sent you a PM

    Mattr5
    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.
    • Sazzylou1981
    • By Sazzylou1981 23rd Apr 19, 10:03 PM
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    Sazzylou1981
    Hi lokking for a quote beating from the Tui website for a Sensatori hotel. Can anyone do this please?
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 24th Apr 19, 4:52 PM
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    MATTR5
    Hi Sazzylou1981

    I cant beat this sorry - the reason we all struggle with TUI is they give a massive online discount and then you can usually find Cashback deals on top. Jet2Holidays, Thomas Cooks, Kuoni and many many others yes - but TUI/First Choice almost always no x

    Ive sent you a PM

    Mattr5
    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.
    Last edited by MATTR5; Yesterday at 4:54 PM.
    • quoia
    • By quoia 25th Apr 19, 10:51 AM
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    quoia
    Hi Matt.

    Are you still/currently offering Sri Lanka as a destination ?
    Any "inside" thoughts/knowledge you are aware of within the travel agent community?
    Have there been many cancellations because of recent events?

    Cheers
    Q
    There are 10 types of people in the world. ‹(•¿•)›
    ‹(•¿•)› Those that understand binary and those that do not!


    Veni, Vidi, VISA ! ................. I came, I saw, I PURCHASED
    (11)A104.28S94.98O112.46N86.73D101.02(12)J130.63F126.76M134.38A200.98M156.30J95.56J102.85A175.93
    S LOWER CASE OMEGA;6.59 so far ..
    • MATTR5
    • By MATTR5 25th Apr 19, 10:53 AM
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    MATTR5
    re Sri lanka
    Hi Quoia

    Im sorry this Forum is just for Pricebeating - I suggest trying the General Travel Forums - I dont sell a lot of Sri Lanka but we havent put it on stop sale

    UPDATE AT 16.51PM - NOW ON STOP SALE WITH THE COOP FOLLOWING THE FCO ADVICE

    Mattr5
    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.
    Last edited by MATTR5; Today at 3:51 PM.
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