Anyone else tired of seeing great travel deals based only on double occupancy? Better yet, are you tired of paying the single supplement?
Just this morning I found a vacation package to Colombia for $330. The tour was perfect! It included round-trip flights, hotels, transfers, a few meals and a tour manager – talk about a great value. These are the deals I live for and want to brag about but then I scrolled over to the fine print and solo travelers had to pay an extra $200 in penalties. My super cheap, almost all-inclusive trip to Colombia quickly lost its appeal.
There was no way that I was going to pay a 67% premium just because I’m a solo traveler. What would I get out of the single supplement fee? Absolutely nothing! On the other hand, at least that website publicized that there was a supplement. Ever notice when the price spikes when booking for one person instead of two, well that’s the single supplement fee at work. Lots of websites don’t even mention it; they try to sneak it in like we won’t notice.
Saying “No” To The Single Supplement
When travel companies charge single supplement fees they are essentially telling me that they do not value my business. They rather overcharge (steal from) me than accommodate my single status. Until the travel industry learns to appreciate my solo traveler status, I’m boycotting all tour companies, cruises, and hotels that charge a single supplement fee, even if it costs $0.99.
I’m tired of being singled out and penalized for traveling alone. Solo travel is already challenging enough without having to cover the cost of a non-existent companion. I could understand if I was paying for a luxurious experience, but having an entire room to myself is not a luxury. It is what happens when you can’t find anyone to join you on a trip.
What does this all mean?
Boycotting the single supplement means that I miss out on great offers and travel opportunities but I rather support businesses that do not discriminate against singles than those that do. My role to bring about change in the travel industry is to avoid the supplemental fee at all costs. And I will not negotiate because negotiating means that I accept their terms and I’m asking for some type of consideration.
I am not willing to look for roommates either! I don’t oppose roommates but if the travel industry feels strongly about booking rooms then they should pair us together and they should not charge a finder’s fee.
I’m only one voice but I know I’m not alone in my sentiments.
The single supplement fee is a smack in the face to all solo travelers especially when companies simultaneously slash prices left and right to accommodate double occupants. So I’m going to hit them where it hurts. Instead of going on organized tours, I will continue to plan trips myself and I will take full advantage of free walking tours and the sharing economy.
The travel industry is making a big mistake by ignoring our solo travel needs for affordable travel. Collectively solo travelers are growing in number and although some brands have noticed, there’s still a lot of work to do.
Bottom line the only way the travel industry will start to change is if we keep our money in our pockets and out of theirs.
Danielle is a travel finance strategist, writer, speaker and podcaster. She paid off $63,000 of student loan debt in 4 years, bought a house at 27 and has traveled to 26 countries. She refuses to let her financial responsibilities hold her back from living life on her own terms.