As a single traveller, have you ever felt persecuted by the high prices of your holidays? This article seeks to remedy the problem of single supplement charges by analysing the reasons why travel companies apply these costs and suggests ways to avoid them.
The majority of hotels charge a premium if occupied by solos, which varies between 10 – 100 percent of the standard room rate. It is possible that prices for single occupancy equal the prices for doubles or family rooms. So why do holiday providers charge single travellers extra?
Hoteliers and cruise lines justify these charges, stating they compensate for losses incurred because only one person uses the room/cabin. They claim that it helps them to recover the costs of maintenance (cleaning, lighting, heating, etc.) which is the same regardless of how many people occupy the room. Some tour operators claim to lose not only on the rooms charges for sole occupancy but also on dining bills. Apparently, it costs more to prepare food for only one person.
Avoiding the single supplements is not easy; however there are ways to secure a room for one without paying over the odds. Some holiday providers waive their single occupancy charges out of season. Therefore, you could consider travelling in the shoulder season to get the best deal. Unfortunately this could mean a weather compromise but it guarantees you less crowded resorts and very often better service. You might find yourself mingling with the locals as they will have more time for a chat due to fewer customers.
The other way of avoiding single supplement is to look for shared accommodation. Some group tours offer room share option with other traveller but you would need to rely on the tour operator to match you with someone. Furthermore, there are travel companies that offer a roommate finding service where you could sign up to be matched with other solos of your choice. Again, you could sign up to the solo travellers’ communities where you could get to know other singles and possibly plan the holidays together. Hostels are also an option to be considered as they normally charge per person not per room.
Shared accommodation is not ideal option for those who look forward spending some time alone and like some privacy. Also not everyone likes to live with a stranger. If that’s the case, consider carring out some more research, there are many travel companies specialising exclusively in holidays for singles and who offer reduced or supplements free holidays. It is always worth an email or telephone call to them to negotiate the best deals. For example there are times when the particular hotel is less busy and you could argue that you will occupy a room which would otherwise be empty.
Finally you should look out for special offers from Tour Operators, hotels and cruise lines. For example Crystal cruises have reduced their single supplement to 10% on some voyages – and BodyHoliday in St Lucia have a singles month in September with no single supplement.
Do you have other suggestions for avoiding the single supplement?