New Trend? Tauck Offers Reduced Singles Pricing

Solo travelers weary of paying the customary single supplement will have over 100 opportunities to enjoy special savings this year by traveling with Tauck, the company reports. For 2010, the Connecticut-based leader in upscale guided travel is reducing its single supplement on 102 departures of 31 different land journeys, small-ship ocean cruises and European river cruises.

“In several cases we’ve reduced the single supplement by over 70 percent, allowing single travelers to save as much as $2,500,” said Tauck CEO Dan Mahar. “On the 31 itineraries where we’ve trimmed the single supplement, the average reduction is 42 percent or over $750 in cash savings.”

Some of the most dramatic savings are in Tauck’s cruising portfolio, where the supplement has been reduced an average of 61 percent with cash savings averaging over $1,400. This prompted Mahar to caution that the cabins reserved for single cruisers are likely to sell out. The savings apply to 42 departures of over a dozen of Tauck’s European river cruises and small-ship ocean cruise itineraries.

Mahar said the value of the reduced supplements extends beyond their financial benefits. “Besides the obvious cash savings, the reduced supplement virtually guarantees that there will be a number of solo travelers booked on the same departures,” said Mahar. “Our single guests consistently tell us that they appreciate having other solo travelers along on their trips.”



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