Wanted: A couple want to see the countryside in Ireland but don’t know where’s best. What does the agent recommend?
Budget: £3,000 but would rather spend less
Miles Morgan Travel
4 St Michael’s Building, Eastgate Street
This shop was bright, clean and welcoming and brochures were well displayed. I was acknowledged straight away by an enthusiastic agent. She was knowledgeable, but also asked a colleague to check she hadn’t missed anything. I was given three quotes. Leger’s Grand Tour of Ireland with Aer Lingus flights from Birmingham on May 10, for £2,098. Titan’s eight-day Best of Ireland trip, flying BA from Heathrow on May 7, for £3,098 and Great Rail’s 10-day Enchanting Emerald Isle, departing May 7, for £3,070, but didn’t include flights so would be over budget. The service was great, but they didn’t try to close the sale.
34 Eastgate Street
I got a good first impression and one of the friendly agents offered two quotes. One was to Northern Ireland with Newmarket Holidays, including five nights in Letterkenny and seven in Belfast, flying from Birmingham on June 2, for £3,044. The second was a self-drive trip with car hire, 14 nights at Treacys Oakwood Hotel and flights from Birmingham to Shannon on June 6, for £2,004. The agent asked the basics, but didn’t elaborate.
24 Eastgate Street
This shop was a little grubby outside and dull inside, but neat and organised. The agent stopped what they were doing to help me, and quickly gave two quotes. One was Cosmos’ eight-night Irish Discovery Tour with Aer Lingus flights from Birmingham on June 9, for £2,655. Titan’s seven-night Best of Ireland with BA flights from Heathrow was £3,098. The agent’s knowledge wasn’t great and I had to push for a second quote.
Rachel Jones, travel specialist
“We sell a lot of escorted tours, in fact, we have just won the Atas award for Best High Street Agency nationally. I felt this was the right type of holiday for the customer with this enquiry.”
All three agencies each gave good quotes. Miles Morgan Travel’s agent stood out for her customer service, knowledge and diligence and offered a third quote.
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