Woe To The Solo Traveler

The math is simple. But deceptive.

If a hotel room cost two hundred bucks, that’s a hundred bucks per person, because hotels assume two people are sharing the room.

But if you’re not a couple and are traveling alone, you’re still paying $200.00, which amounts to a penalty for single travelers since they’re paying a two people rate.

Worse, some hotels, cruise ships and resorts actually charge a Single Supplement fee, which can be as high as 150% of the rack rate.

Hotels and cruise ships don’t give single travelers a price break because that cuts into their revenues, and so the single traveler continues to exist as a second-class citizen in the travel world.

The policy has frustrated many of the 18.9 million singles, about a third of all travelers.

Some travel agents create itineraries for singles, bringing them together for trips. But the results are mixed

Some don’t mind traveling and sharing ma room with another single, of the same sex that is.

Others do.

According to TravelMole, an on-line news source, some travel industry officials justify their single-supplement policy by saying that a room rate is a room rate and since they can’t sell a half room, they feel no obligation to cut solo travelers a break.

Shame on them! We think the industry can do better.

Some places offer a reduced rate for singles, but they’re frequently inferior rooms.

Some companies like Kathy Sudeikis’  All About Travel, does her best in steering clients toward Solo Travel-sensitive tours.

Noah may have had it right. But unless you’re on an ark, traveling in pairs shouldn’t have to be the only way to go.

What do you think?

Headline: The travel industry sees Single Travelers as second-class citizens, penalized for traveling alone. Unfair!


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