How to skip the sin­gle sup­ple­ments?

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The fee is never non­nego­tiable un­less you fail to ne­go­ti­ate.

Shoul­der sea­son is ripe with dis­counts to fill tours and cruise lin­ers. For North­ern Hemi­sphere travel, opt for dates in April, May, late September or Oc­to­ber when op­er­a­tors have more rooms to fill.

Go off peak: Cut out the mid­dle man:

For­get book­’s one-per­son oc­cu­pancy rates, call the ho­tel or cruise com­pany di­rect and use their ad­ver­tised rates as a ne­go­ti­a­tion start­ing point. The costs they pass on to tour com­pa­nies and travel agents could be re­duced if you en­gage one-on-one.

Rope in a friend or rel­a­tive to join you on tour. Fail­ing that, agen­cies like Travel for So­los can of­fer a travel buddy match-mak­ing ser­vice to pair you with a roomy. Just be spe­cific on your pref­er­ences (non­snorer, pho­tog­ra­phy skills…)

Some up­mar­ket cruises this year are scrap­ping the sin­gle sup­ple­ment. How­ever, com­pare these op­tions to stan­dard tour prices that charge an ex­tra 25-30 per cent for sin­gle sup­ple­ment as you may find the posh cruise and tour op­tions hide the fees among their stan­dard costs.

Buddy up: Go posh:

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