This post was originally posted on January 25, 2018 and has since been updated.
The traditional family structure has changed. So why the occupancy surcharge for single parents? We give you the lowdown on some of the best all-inclusive tour operators for single-parent family vacations.
Encountering a secluded beach with no one else on it. Trying a new and exotic dish at a local-recommended restaurant. Discovering a hand-written welcome note from your concierge. These surprises while travelling enhance our holiday and galvanize our love of travel.
Then, there are those not-so-great types of surprises.
Like when your resort slaps a single-occupancy fee on your family vacation because you’re the only adult on your trip.
If you’ve travelled solo before, you’re likely familiar with the ubiquitous single-supplement fee hotels add.
Similarly, many resort prices are based on double occupancy. This means the single mom or dad often faces an extra fee, even when sharing a room with their child(ren).
Whether you are a single parent or just happen to be travelling on your own with the kids, paying for the absence of a second adult may seem unfair, but it’s not unusual. The additional cost can range from a few hundred dollars, to nearly double the price.
Affordable single-parent family vacations
If there’s anyone more deserving of a family vacation, it’s the busy single parent.
Parenting without a partner already presents its own unique set of challenges, from added financial obligations and time constraints. One-parent families are a rising demographic in Canada.
Thankfully, leading tour operators like Air Canada Vacations and Transat understand this, by featuring family-friendly 3-,4- and 5-star all-inclusive resorts, across the Caribbean and Mexico, in their itineraries.
Besides waiving the supplement cost, single parents will enjoy resorts that provide these important considerations:
- safety and security
- supervised kids programs and play areas
- kids stay and eat free promotions
- additional excursion and activity travel deals for single parents
Transat Single Parent Program
Transat, Canada’s low-cost charter airline features the Single Parent collection, featuring advantages like reduced rates and family rooms.
What makes Transat a dream family vacation for the solo parent? Resorts in its Single Parent selection feature Kids Clubs, allowing mom or dad to relax, while the children have a blast, under safe supervision. In addition to the perks of this program are bonuses from its Family Collection of vacation packages. These include access to a dedicated counter, priority boarding and even ‘valet’ stroller service — Transat’s LIMO!, which allows pint-sized legs a rest between the long jaunt from check-in to boarding (making it a welcome rest for weary parents, as well.)
Be sure to register the kids for Air Transat’s free Kids Club before the trip, or ask your travel agent. Benefit from entertaining as well as practical advantages like:
- A kit filled with cool travel swag
- Free seat selection on their roundtrip flights (certain conditions may apply.)
- Dedicated check-in counter for Club members and family to fast-track to the gate
- Pre-boarding in Economy Class
- Priority baggage handling
- On-board surprises to make the journey in the sky (and on the ground) even more fun.
Air Canada Vacations Single Parent Packages
Air Canada Vacations also realizes family vacations don’t always mean two adults. Although known for their destination weddings and honeymoon packages, ACV’s family all-inclusives in the Caribbean and Mexico offer advantages for single parent travellers.
Air Canada Single Parent packages may slightly differ from regular family packages, offering exclusive single parent travel deals during the low season (generally speaking, in the summer months.) Select ACV partner resorts will also extend kids stay and eat free promotions, usually based on double-adult-occupancy, to single-parent families. Best of all, these resorts always feature Kids’ Clubs for toddlers to teens, with supervised activities based on age and interests.
A Last Word
More and more tour operators and resorts are catching up with the shifting concept of the family unit, and adjusting their policies and payments accordingly. A Flight Centre travel agent is happy to discuss more options with you.
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