Can you haggle with travel agents?

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Found 24th Feb 2015
OK so I have had travel agents price match before but if you sit down, find you a holiday and give you a price, is the price set or do you haggle? If you do haggle what kind of % are you looking at getting or is it that you ask for extras to be thrown in?(meals on plane or travel insurance) Thanks.
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yes you can. depends on what you want, where you're going and how much you are spending..
my wife and I went into Thomas cook a couple of years back to book the following.. 2 weeks all inclusive for us and our 2 boys aged 21 and 15. we wanted two rooms, and wanted to go to Cuba. it was around £4800 in the brochure . we had booked a few holidays previously with them. we told them I had written the price I wanted to pay on my hand ( I wrote £4000 ) about 20 mins later they gave us a price of around £4400. I said that was more than we wanted to pay. they carried on trying, going to the back to speak to the manager then phoning head office to see if they could help. after another half hour or so they gave us a price of £4005. which we accepted and had an amazing holiday.
look online yourself and see what you can do. if your after a specialist holiday try a company called trail finders who are a large travel agents but do a lot of online holidays too, and you do get to speak to an agent and can phone them to ask /change things. And lastly, if you have older children going with you eg 15 & 18 and they are ok to share a room ask about paying adult rather than child price for the younger one as it could be cheaper then the room supplement.. hope this helps and enjoy your holiday.
Never pay the price on any big ticket item, they will either give you a discount or won't. Bought a bed once for one of the kids, said what will you knock off for cash, took money off and I paid with the credit card
cornishscouse

yes you can. depends on what you want, where you're going and how much … yes you can. depends on what you want, where you're going and how much you are spending.. my wife and I went into Thomas cook a couple of years back to book the following.. 2 weeks all inclusive for us and our 2 boys aged 21 and 15. we wanted two rooms, and wanted to go to Cuba. it was around £4800 in the brochure . we had booked a few holidays previously with them. we told them I had written the price I wanted to pay on my hand ( I wrote £4000 ) about 20 mins later they gave us a price of around £4400. I said that was more than we wanted to pay. they carried on trying, going to the back to speak to the manager then phoning head office to see if they could help. after another half hour or so they gave us a price of £4005. which we accepted and had an amazing holiday. look online yourself and see what you can do. if your after a specialist holiday try a company called trail finders who are a large travel agents but do a lot of online holidays too, and you do get to speak to an agent and can phone them to ask /change things. And lastly, if you have older children going with you eg 15 & 18 and they are ok to share a room ask about paying adult rather than child price for the younger one as it could be cheaper then the room supplement.. hope this helps and enjoy your holiday.


Thanks for the informative reply, as it happens the kids will be 18 & 15 on return(birthday while we are away) keep trying different options and have booked as 4 adults in the past to evade the room supplement. Will have a look at trailfinders, thought I was getting somewhere earlier when I looked at Asda travel and then realised it had defaulted to 7 night stay instead of 14(thought they were coming out cheap)
Thanks again.
eslick

Never pay the price on any big ticket item, they will either give you a … Never pay the price on any big ticket item, they will either give you a discount or won't. Bought a bed once for one of the kids, said what will you knock off for cash, took money off and I paid with the credit card


Like your style, I usually ask for cash discounts and used to work but not as generous now.
Thanks for the reply.
didn't think you could haggle with travel agents as they get their prices from third party.
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you can haggle with anyone over anything,I never pay full price for anything (full price is mugs price that's what I say)remember to make it a very very friendly haggle and it usually works.I have had discounts on my house,car,holidays,insurance, etc.
leobella

you can haggle with anyone over anything,I never pay full price for … you can haggle with anyone over anything,I never pay full price for anything (full price is mugs price that's what I say)remember to make it a very very friendly haggle and it usually works.I have had discounts on my house,car,holidays,insurance, etc.



this is not exactly true. try haggling at sainsburys or currys and you won't get very far.
Thomson usually have better prices online than in store but will try and match it or claim to offer you more in store. Try and knock them down as much as you can.
mutley1

this is not exactly true. try haggling at sainsburys or currys and you … this is not exactly true. try haggling at sainsburys or currys and you won't get very far.


i have at currys and have quite often got a discount. not every time though. but yes supermarkets won't. and I have tried.
cornishscouse

i have at currys and have quite often got a discount. not every time … i have at currys and have quite often got a discount. not every time though. but yes supermarkets won't. and I have tried.



my mum haggles everywhere and is extremely good at it. however she just get strange looks from staff when she tries to do so at currys.
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iI got thrown out of the 99p store for haggling
Travel agents have a limit of how much they can discount. I used to be a travel agent and we could always discount our own brand of holidays more than others eg thomaon discount thomson holidays more than thomas cook ones.
So always go to the agent of the operator you are travelling with
please don't haggle in charity shops people
mutley1

this is not exactly true. try haggling at sainsburys or currys and you … this is not exactly true. try haggling at sainsburys or currys and you won't get very far.

I have haggled when going out for a curry and got a bogof deal
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