How to skip the single supplements?
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 booking.com’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: