Why are single travels punished? Travel Weekly researched this new clientele and found that for years single travelers have been charged an extra fee as if traveling alone is reason enough to be punished. These fees could be as much as 100% or more of the traveler’s cost.
What many companies didn’t realize is, they were cutting their nose off to spite their face. Single account for 11% of travelers, they take an average 4.3 trips a year and most likely would travel more if they weren’t being penalized.
Recently, several prestigious travel suppliers who cater to high end travel have done the research and have stopped the supplemental fees only to be thoroughly rewarded.
The average single traveler is a female (75%) over 45(40%) heading to Europe (45%). This booming population of traveling singles would travel more if they had fewer fees and felt safe doing so. The 79-million-strong baby boomer generation is full of widowers and divorcees who appear just as eager to travel as ever.
Abercrombie and Kent is one of the Luxury tour operators addressing this rapidly growing market by waiving such fees or reducing them by as much as 75%. Crystal’s and Silver Sea are two luxury liners that ask for a low 10% single supplement versus 100% for other lines. River Cruises: Uniworld, AmaWaterways and Avalon Waterways waive their single fee all together.
TTA recognizes the desire of retirees and career changing adult’s to travel and see the world and while not all have the disposable income to travel as much as they would like TTA offers another opportunity to do just that! TTA offers accelerated programs that get career changing adults into the industry quickly, well prepared and confidently traveling. Graduates are able to enjoy the benefits of FAMS (see Blog on FAMS), buddy passes and many other inside bonuses. With a hands on training program that encompasses; travel agent training, flight attendant schooling, cruise line training, gates agents, hotels and tour companies the career options are endless and the travel potential purely delightful whether you travel single or not.