Single Supplement Waived: Music to the solo travelers ears.
Solo travelers hate the single supplement.
After all, who wants to pay a premium (in some cases almost twice the price) simply because they’re not traveling with a partner. Unfortunately, it’s an economic reality. Accommodation is always more expensive for one person than two.
But take heart, there are ways to find cruises, resorts and tours with the single supplement waived. Here are a few…
6 Ways to Find Deals with the Single Supplement Waived
- Google Alerts: Set up a Google Alert for the term “single supplement waived” and what you’re looking for. For example: “India tour single supplement waived” or “India tour no single supplement”. When a company puts such a deal on the web, you will receive notice of this via email. To set up a Google Alert go to http://www.google.com/alerts and enter what you’re looking for, provide your email address and confirm your request.
- Timing and Asking: Plan your trip in the off or shoulder season when it’s more difficult to sell packaged trips, then ask to have the single supplement waived. You may be pleasantly surprised.
- Pairing You Up: Many tour companies tend to waive the single supplement if you’re willing to share accommodation with another person of the same gender. Being paired up with someone isn’t my first choice but it can add an exciting wild card to a trip and I expect would work out more often than not.
- Finding a Travel Partner: No matching service by your tour company? Then find a travel partner yourself. Even if this person is someone you just see for a few mintes every day, they should be a person you get along with. Ask family and friends whether they know someone who might like to travel with you or search through your connections on Facebook. Google “find a travel partner” and you’ll find many other options. But please, don’t just go with anyone. Be picky about whom you’ll spend your precious travel time with.
- Find a Deal so Great…: Find a deal so great that the single supplement isn’t really an issue. To find the best website for deals for your destination just Google “travel deals” and where you want to go. You may still have to pay a supplement but if you find a screaming deal it won’t be quite so painful.
- Subscribe to the Solo Travel Newsletter and Advisory. It’s on your right near the top. On the third Monday of every month I’ll send you deals without a single supplement. I don’t always find many but some are better than none. Plus, some of the deals in the Advisory are exclusively for readers of Solo Traveler.
I hope this has helped.