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Meli  
#1 Posted : Sunday, June 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
Meli


Posts: 36

Why are the single supplements so high again?

I just priced the Dubai/Jordan trip for 1. The base price is listed as $3179 but the single supplement of $1244 brings the trip well out of my price range. Same for the 15 day China trip with cruise & Chengdu...started at the base price of $2989 but the single supplement added $724.

I recall Gate 1 posting on Facebook that it was going to lower the charge for us single folks. This hardly seems the case. I wonder if anyone in the travel industry realizes that in today's day & age there are many more singles who travel on their own & would travel more if the supplement tour companies added on weren't so outrageous. Further, more single people would have more money to spend on the optional tours!

And no I don't feel that I should have to connect with a stranger & share a room in order to avoid this charge.

I especially don't understand the need to add the supplement if the tour isn't sold out. Wouldn't you rather have 1 paying guest than none? If these supplements continue at these rates I would imagine people would choose not to travel.
PLT  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, June 3, 2014 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
PLT


Posts: 48

Ditto!!!
LuvToTravelWorld  
#3 Posted : Tuesday, June 3, 2014 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
LuvToTravelWorld


Posts: 681

singles also get put in the worse rooms- I have seen that numerous times
Sharon ~ Florida, USA
LuvToTravelWorld
https://youpic.com/LuvToTravelWorld

Next: Vietnam&Cambodia 2017, Russian Cruise 8/17, Baltics 8/2017
Done (and rated): 
17 day Discovery China&Tibet 10/16 3 1/2*
Ethiopia, on own, & 10 day Tanzania 6/16 5*

10 day Copper Canyon and Mexico 12/15, 3 1/2*
11 day Guatemala/Honduras 1/2015, 4*
14 day Greece 9/2014, 3* 
7 day Dubai 2013 11/2013, 4* with
15 day Thailand, Angkor Wat, Cambodia 11/2013, 5*
11 day Ecuador and Amazon 5/2013, 4*
10 day Costa Rica w/ Tortuguero, 11/2009, 4*, & 2/2013, 3*
10 day Affordable Peru, 5/2012, 5*
15 day France, 9/2012, 3 1/2*
15 day Turkey , 9/2011, 5* 
15 day Egypt/Nile Cruise, 2/2009, 4*
Globus trips..... Scotland Highlands, Norway, U.K., Ireland, Alpine Countries, Italia, Spain, Morocco, Portugal
 Independently toured South America- Chile, Argentina, Iquazu
rosie  
#4 Posted : Wednesday, June 4, 2014 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
rosie


Posts: 5

way to high...I just priced a river cruise for $1898 and with the single fee is $3,300..untouchable for me
anyone looking for a companion for 8 days national parks from 8/29/15.. have 5 days to reserved with a $150.00 off
AE  
#5 Posted : Wednesday, June 25, 2014 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
AE


Posts: 3

Wow it is almost double the price.  I have just started with this site and the forums, but have had many couple friends go with Gate1 and love it and had wonderful experiences.  Let me know about your trip and if you find a companion?

Audrey
Hi...I am 68 have the travel bug, very, very active, non smoker, but love a drink of wine with dinner.  AE
Donna Marie  
#6 Posted : Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
Donna Marie


Posts: 239

Totally agree Meli.  I too saw that Facebook boast about G1 lowering their single supplements for solo travelers and it is frankly not true - in most cases it has gone up.  I have gone on about 7 solo trips and they are generally awesome, but some I am avoiding because the solo price is over $1000 more - yikes.  And, I don't want to share a room with a stranger.

I have to say, being a solo traveler, I have not gotten the worse rooms on most of my trips - although my last trip with Gate 1 was the 15-day Turkish Treasures last September; I definitely did get some of the lousiest rooms - especially my first few nights in Instanbul  - it was a closet.. and one of the rooms overlooking the ocean - everyone got an ocean view except me.?? Also, the guide seemed to have a problem with me - the only solo traveler - interesting.  I should have complained to G1, but you get tired of that. The trip itself was awesome minus the guide and the closet! 

I hope this is not a "trend" giving solo travelers the lousiest rooms.......My rooms for my upcoming Croatia trip better be excellent like most have been in the past!
Upcoming
15 Day Spain (9/2017)
Completed Thus far with Gate 1...
15 Day Vietnam and Cambodia
10 Day Serengeti and Beyond: African Safari in Tanzania
15 Day Moroccan Allure
14 Day Israel and Jordan
15 Day Croatia Bosnia Slovenia and Venice
15 Day Turkish Treasures
9 Day Affordable Ireland
17 Day Peru and Ecuador
16 Day Classic Thailand with Phuket
11 Day Egypt with Abu Simbel and 3 Day Lake Nasser Cruise
10 Day Greek Islander Mykonos Santorini Athens
12 Day Enchanting Italy
9 Day Israel
Meli  
#7 Posted : Friday, June 27, 2014 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
Meli


Posts: 36

Ironically I went on the 15 day Turkish Treasures last September too. I had very nice room. However, when I was India in 2011 I was put in a room out back by some horse stables while everyone else was by the pool. I freaked out when my wake up call turned into a man rattling the doors & yelling..."helloooo lady". I immediately spoke to the guide & told him I felt unsafe & wanted to be moved. I was moved to a much nicer room near the rest of the group.

I don't see any deals on Facebook any longer waiving single supplement. Maybe Gate 1 should do the financials & determine what their business would be like if they lost all their single travelers.

Interesting that there is not any response from anyone at Gate 1 to this thread of postings.

I'd like to plan for a trip next year but will have to see how gouged I will be for traveling alone.
Donna Marie  
#8 Posted : Friday, June 27, 2014 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
Donna Marie


Posts: 239

Hah, you must have been in Turkey last September on a different date and/or a different group during same period as we did see another group from G1 on various stops in Turkey. 

Hopefully, there will be some good deals for the solo travelers.
Upcoming
15 Day Spain (9/2017)
Completed Thus far with Gate 1...
15 Day Vietnam and Cambodia
10 Day Serengeti and Beyond: African Safari in Tanzania
15 Day Moroccan Allure
14 Day Israel and Jordan
15 Day Croatia Bosnia Slovenia and Venice
15 Day Turkish Treasures
9 Day Affordable Ireland
17 Day Peru and Ecuador
16 Day Classic Thailand with Phuket
11 Day Egypt with Abu Simbel and 3 Day Lake Nasser Cruise
10 Day Greek Islander Mykonos Santorini Athens
12 Day Enchanting Italy
9 Day Israel
FantasyTrekker  
#9 Posted : Tuesday, December 16, 2014 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
FantasyTrekker


Posts: 1

Overall, I like traveling with Gate1 but I agree with you. The single supplement charge often puts the cost of the trip over the top for me. At the very least, Gate1 should reduce it for their returning customers.
Donna Marie  
#10 Posted : Tuesday, December 16, 2014 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
Donna Marie


Posts: 239

nice idea FantasyTrekker - G1 are you listening....

I also have a couple of "refer a friend" bonuses and many $25 rewards for surveys but you can't use the refer a friend when you book a trip with another discount code - I am on my like 12th trip - they should honor them all!
Upcoming
15 Day Spain (9/2017)
Completed Thus far with Gate 1...
15 Day Vietnam and Cambodia
10 Day Serengeti and Beyond: African Safari in Tanzania
15 Day Moroccan Allure
14 Day Israel and Jordan
15 Day Croatia Bosnia Slovenia and Venice
15 Day Turkish Treasures
9 Day Affordable Ireland
17 Day Peru and Ecuador
16 Day Classic Thailand with Phuket
11 Day Egypt with Abu Simbel and 3 Day Lake Nasser Cruise
10 Day Greek Islander Mykonos Santorini Athens
12 Day Enchanting Italy
9 Day Israel
Ausome  
#11 Posted : Tuesday, March 10, 2015 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
Ausome


Posts: 3

I definitely agree!  I just paid a huge "SS" on the 15-Day Spain & Portugal trip.  I also noticed the tours on this trip are really high priced, compared to my last trip to Morocco in Sept.
Good idea to discount repeat travelers - we need a break from G1, or we'll be going elsewhere!
Bobbie  
#12 Posted : Tuesday, March 10, 2015 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
Bobbie


Posts: 3

I am traveling in a couple of weeks to India on g1 and I agree the cost are getting too high. I have opted a couple times for a roommate and the have actually expected us to share one bed. That's were I draw the line. Sharing a bed with a stranger..
7 day Golden Triangle of India. March 26, 2015
Anybody out there doing this tour.
LuvToTravelWorld  
#13 Posted : Friday, March 13, 2015 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
LuvToTravelWorld


Posts: 681

Single supplements have been dropped or substantially reduced by most touring companies.  Look around before you book with Gate 1, and other companies are as good, or better.
Sharon ~ Florida, USA
LuvToTravelWorld
https://youpic.com/LuvToTravelWorld

Next: Vietnam&Cambodia 2017, Russian Cruise 8/17, Baltics 8/2017
Done (and rated): 
17 day Discovery China&Tibet 10/16 3 1/2*
Ethiopia, on own, & 10 day Tanzania 6/16 5*

10 day Copper Canyon and Mexico 12/15, 3 1/2*
11 day Guatemala/Honduras 1/2015, 4*
14 day Greece 9/2014, 3* 
7 day Dubai 2013 11/2013, 4* with
15 day Thailand, Angkor Wat, Cambodia 11/2013, 5*
11 day Ecuador and Amazon 5/2013, 4*
10 day Costa Rica w/ Tortuguero, 11/2009, 4*, & 2/2013, 3*
10 day Affordable Peru, 5/2012, 5*
15 day France, 9/2012, 3 1/2*
15 day Turkey , 9/2011, 5* 
15 day Egypt/Nile Cruise, 2/2009, 4*
Globus trips..... Scotland Highlands, Norway, U.K., Ireland, Alpine Countries, Italia, Spain, Morocco, Portugal
 Independently toured South America- Chile, Argentina, Iquazu
Ken  
#14 Posted : Friday, March 13, 2015 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
Ken


Posts: 20

Couldn't agree more.  Gate1 is fantastic *except* for this policy, especially when it comes to the Discovery tours, which get priced waaaaay out of my budget.
Donna Marie  
#15 Posted : Friday, March 13, 2015 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
Donna Marie


Posts: 239

I agree Ken, the Discovery Tours, which I would like to take, are ridiculously over priced relative to the single supplement.
Upcoming
15 Day Spain (9/2017)
Completed Thus far with Gate 1...
15 Day Vietnam and Cambodia
10 Day Serengeti and Beyond: African Safari in Tanzania
15 Day Moroccan Allure
14 Day Israel and Jordan
15 Day Croatia Bosnia Slovenia and Venice
15 Day Turkish Treasures
9 Day Affordable Ireland
17 Day Peru and Ecuador
16 Day Classic Thailand with Phuket
11 Day Egypt with Abu Simbel and 3 Day Lake Nasser Cruise
10 Day Greek Islander Mykonos Santorini Athens
12 Day Enchanting Italy
9 Day Israel
JMT  
#16 Posted : Saturday, March 14, 2015 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
JMT


Posts: 6

Can anyone suggest companies which do not have a single supplement as well as offer prices and services comparable to Gate 1?
Need nonsmoking female roommate. Please respond ASAP.
LuvToTravelWorld  
#17 Posted : Saturday, March 14, 2015 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
LuvToTravelWorld


Posts: 681

there are plenty, Trafalgar is one, check out affordabletours.com, they have a whole section
Sharon ~ Florida, USA
LuvToTravelWorld
https://youpic.com/LuvToTravelWorld

Next: Vietnam&Cambodia 2017, Russian Cruise 8/17, Baltics 8/2017
Done (and rated): 
17 day Discovery China&Tibet 10/16 3 1/2*
Ethiopia, on own, & 10 day Tanzania 6/16 5*

10 day Copper Canyon and Mexico 12/15, 3 1/2*
11 day Guatemala/Honduras 1/2015, 4*
14 day Greece 9/2014, 3* 
7 day Dubai 2013 11/2013, 4* with
15 day Thailand, Angkor Wat, Cambodia 11/2013, 5*
11 day Ecuador and Amazon 5/2013, 4*
10 day Costa Rica w/ Tortuguero, 11/2009, 4*, & 2/2013, 3*
10 day Affordable Peru, 5/2012, 5*
15 day France, 9/2012, 3 1/2*
15 day Turkey , 9/2011, 5* 
15 day Egypt/Nile Cruise, 2/2009, 4*
Globus trips..... Scotland Highlands, Norway, U.K., Ireland, Alpine Countries, Italia, Spain, Morocco, Portugal
 Independently toured South America- Chile, Argentina, Iquazu
LuvToTravelWorld  
#18 Posted : Saturday, March 14, 2015 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
LuvToTravelWorld


Posts: 681

wake up Gate 1
Sharon ~ Florida, USA
LuvToTravelWorld
https://youpic.com/LuvToTravelWorld

Next: Vietnam&Cambodia 2017, Russian Cruise 8/17, Baltics 8/2017
Done (and rated): 
17 day Discovery China&Tibet 10/16 3 1/2*
Ethiopia, on own, & 10 day Tanzania 6/16 5*

10 day Copper Canyon and Mexico 12/15, 3 1/2*
11 day Guatemala/Honduras 1/2015, 4*
14 day Greece 9/2014, 3* 
7 day Dubai 2013 11/2013, 4* with
15 day Thailand, Angkor Wat, Cambodia 11/2013, 5*
11 day Ecuador and Amazon 5/2013, 4*
10 day Costa Rica w/ Tortuguero, 11/2009, 4*, & 2/2013, 3*
10 day Affordable Peru, 5/2012, 5*
15 day France, 9/2012, 3 1/2*
15 day Turkey , 9/2011, 5* 
15 day Egypt/Nile Cruise, 2/2009, 4*
Globus trips..... Scotland Highlands, Norway, U.K., Ireland, Alpine Countries, Italia, Spain, Morocco, Portugal
 Independently toured South America- Chile, Argentina, Iquazu
Michelle92  
#19 Posted : Saturday, March 21, 2015 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
Michelle92


Posts: 1

Unless Trafalgar changed in the last year or two, they were the absolute worst offenders for the amount of the single supplements.  I stopped traveling with them because the SS's were so high.  I find it ridiculous that tour operators are charging single supplements at all now.  I found Gate 1 somewhat reasonable in past years (2013 Croatia/Slovenia SS was 27% of the tour cost; 2014 China w Tibet SS was 19% of the tour cost) but pricing a trip this year and the SS is up to 42% of the tour cost.  It's highway robbery to charge the single travelers and additional 42% over the cost the of tour.
LuvToTravelWorld  
#20 Posted : Sunday, March 22, 2015 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
LuvToTravelWorld


Posts: 681

check it out
Sharon ~ Florida, USA
LuvToTravelWorld
https://youpic.com/LuvToTravelWorld

Next: Vietnam&Cambodia 2017, Russian Cruise 8/17, Baltics 8/2017
Done (and rated): 
17 day Discovery China&Tibet 10/16 3 1/2*
Ethiopia, on own, & 10 day Tanzania 6/16 5*

10 day Copper Canyon and Mexico 12/15, 3 1/2*
11 day Guatemala/Honduras 1/2015, 4*
14 day Greece 9/2014, 3* 
7 day Dubai 2013 11/2013, 4* with
15 day Thailand, Angkor Wat, Cambodia 11/2013, 5*
11 day Ecuador and Amazon 5/2013, 4*
10 day Costa Rica w/ Tortuguero, 11/2009, 4*, & 2/2013, 3*
10 day Affordable Peru, 5/2012, 5*
15 day France, 9/2012, 3 1/2*
15 day Turkey , 9/2011, 5* 
15 day Egypt/Nile Cruise, 2/2009, 4*
Globus trips..... Scotland Highlands, Norway, U.K., Ireland, Alpine Countries, Italia, Spain, Morocco, Portugal
 Independently toured South America- Chile, Argentina, Iquazu
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