Solo Traveler Savings
Single supplement; two words that strike dread — not to mention resentment — into the heart of a solo traveler.
Single supplements are a widespread travel practice in both the cruise and tour industries. These surcharges can generally be anywhere from 10 to 100 percent or more of the standard rate and are in place because most accommodations, whether in a hotel or on a ship, are priced for double occupancy.
Supplements have been around for decades, but with each year they become more out of sync with the nation’s demographics as the United States grows increasingly single. In fact, about 12 percent of American adults, married or unmarried, plan to travel solo this year, up significantly from 7 percent last year, according to the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker.
Keeping up with that trend, AAA Travel experts have sought out some great options for individuals who want to travel alone.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
Single travelers can choose from a variety of itineraries where the single supplement has been waived, including a 13-day cruise from Vienna to Amsterdam and an 8-day Parisian Holiday cruise. Uniworld also offers reduced single supplements on the 8-day Portugal, Spain, and Douro River Valley cruise.
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For single travelers willing to share a room, Trafalgar Vacations allows you to purchase selected vacations on a room sharing basis on the majority of their itineraries through the guaranteed room share option. They'll match you with a roommate, and you get to make a new friend! If they're unable to match you, they'll provide you with a single room at no additional cost.
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For more information on booking a solo vacation, contact AAA Travel toll-free at 1-888-870-9408 or stop by your local AAA office.