Single dad and mom are nonetheless dropping out financially on bundle holidays, regardless of strikes within the travel business to cater for them higher. According to an investigation by forex trade agency FairFX, in peak season a single mum or dad travelling with a toddler will pay as much as £500 greater than in the event that they had been travelling in a pair.
This is as a result of many operators proceed to cost a single-person complement. Additionally, additionally they solely provide free baby locations when two adults are travelling, suggesting the travel business continues to concentrate on the nuclear-family mannequin regardless of the UK having about two million single dad and mom – accounting for near 25% of households with dependent kids.
TUI and First Choice provide free baby locations when the kid is accompanied by two adults. Similarly, Airtours and Thomas Cook Holidays provide a “child price” in some accommodations however solely when the kid is sharing a room with two individuals paying the complete grownup worth.
The survey analysed a choice of holidays from main travel operators, evaluating the price of a bundle for one grownup and a two-year-old baby with that of two adults and a two-year-old, flying from Gatwick in August.
The greatest worth distinction was found with a First Choice holiday to the Holiday Village Rhodes. A seven-night break value £515 or 32% extra per individual for a single grownup. Another First Choice holiday, to the Princess Andriana Resort & Spa which can also be in Rhodes, was £359 dearer for a single mum or dad.
Hotels, resorts and condo buildings on the Costa Adeje, Tenerife. Photograph: Stuart Forster/REX/Shutterstock
Single dad and mom reserving a Thomas Cook holiday to Bahia Principe Costa Adeje in Tenerife also can count on to pay 14% greater than the per individual value of a two-parent household, amounting to £154 extra.
Some tour operators, nevertheless, have adjusted their pricing to be extra accommodating to single dad and mom. Last August, Virgin Holidays labored with a choice of its accommodations within the Caribbean to supply a discount for the second occupant of a room when they’re a toddler.
This adopted a marketing campaign by Gingerbread, which advocates for single dad and mom and has campaigned to have single dad and mom handled equally. Its “We are the 1 in 4” marketing campaign known as for fairer household ticket costs for single-parent households.
Ian Strafford-Taylor, CEO of FairFX, mentioned: “Our research shows that families are being hit with unfair pricing inconsistencies which, in many cases, are unfavourable for single parents.”
“Travel operators appear to be basing their pricing structure on the stereotypical ‘nuclear’ family and that’s just not realistic. Nowadays, families come in different shapes and sizes and it’s time travel operators evolved their business models to reflect reality. It should cost the same amount whether there’s one parent or two taking a child on holiday; it’s unfair for parents to be penalised for travelling solo.”
FairFX single mum or dad holiday graphic.