Travelling in a two is great, but what about those times when you feel like a few days away on your own? Perhaps the love and light of your life isn’t all that into whale-watching, or maybe you’d rather share the experience with a – heaven forbid – odd number of friends. Tricky, perhaps, when there are single supplements to be incurred. It’s true that, at present, it’s often easier for couples to find the best rates on travel, and we’ve received a lot of correspondence from members who’d like us to challenge this. This is an aspect of the industry we’d really like to shake up and make fairer for individuals, but we don’t mind admitting that we haven’t quite worked out how to yet.
The below should hopefully go some way to explaining why – much as we will always try – we sometimes aren’t able to offer discounted rates for solo travellers on our hotels and holidays.
Our rates for hotel-only breaks
As a business, Secret Escapes acts as an agent for the hotels and holidays (holiday suppliers and tour operators) we sell. For hotel-only offers, the hotel gives us a price per room, not per person. We often – though not always – include twin rooms as well as double rooms where possible, and we always give the hotel a chance to give us a rate for single travellers. If a single traveller rate doesn’t exist, it’s because the hotel has chosen not to supply us with one. If we indicate that single traveller rates are available but a price isn’t specified, you can find this price by selecting one adult rather than two when you go through with your booking. We hope to be able to secure more single and twin rooms in the future as we continue to grow our business.
Our rates for holidays with flights
Holidays and tours that include flights or transport (Eurostar, for example) are given to us by the supplier or tour operator in per person rates. As we’re not directly in control of this supply (or directly responsible for filling the plane or train in question), and the price per seat on a plane is likely to fluctuate, we’re usually given prices ‘based on two adults’ because a supplier would rather sell a pair of seats on a plane rather than single seats. We still push for single traveller rates, but this is the most common pricing structure given to us by our suppliers.
If this is a topic that you’d like to have a say on, we’d love for you to leave a reply on the post. We’ll take on board all ideas and opinions so that as we grow our business, we can make sure everybody’s getting the opportunity to enjoy our lovely escapes.