Dec 20, 2018

American Travelers Deem New York City and Cancun Top Holiday Vacation Destinations

Allianz Global Assistance Shares the Most Popular Christmas Destinations From its 2017 Top 10 Holiday Destinations Report


RICHMOND, VA, DECEMBER 12, 2017 — New York City and Cancun are the most popular domestic and international Christmas destinations for American travelers this year, according to travel insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance’s 2017 Top 10 Holiday Destinations Report.

Allianz Global Assistance reviewed more than 2.7 million travel plans* surrounding Christmas and found the top domestic destinations following New York City are: Orlando, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Seattle, Denver, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and Boston.

Most Americans traveling internationally this December are in search of tropical getaways, with cooler-weather locales taking up only two of the top ten slots – London, ranked second, and Paris, ranked eighth. Also in the list are San Jose Del Cabo and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Higuey, Dominican Republic; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Paris, France; San Jose, Costa Rica and Aruba.

“Between crowded airports, weather-related delays and unexpected illnesses that could cancel a trip, the holidays can be more stressful than cheerful for many travelers,” said Daniel Durazo, director of communications for Allianz Global Assistance USA. “With the right travel insurance policy, Americans visiting domestic or international locations this holiday season can travel confidently knowing they’re covered in case of medical emergencies, significant delays or other travel mishaps, allowing them to concentrate on enjoying time with their family and friends.”

In addition to having travel insurance, Allianz Global Assistance recommends following these tips when traveling over the holidays and year-round:

- Download Allianz’s new TravelSmart App** to quickly access assistance, file and track claims, check flight status in real time, translate first aid/medical terms and more.

- When possible, avoid traveling on the busiest travel dates. Most Americans will be traveling domestically on December 22 and 23, with most returning December 27. International travelers are likeliest to depart on December 23 and return on December 30. 

- Wash hands and carry anti-bacterial hand gel to prevent sickness while traveling.

- When traveling internationally, make sure to have copies of passport and keep them in the safe at the hotel.

- “It’s important to be aware of your surroundings when traveling. I recommend following safety warnings in the area and keeping your personal items close to you at all times,” says Kim Seay, director of assistance for Allianz Global Assistance. “It’s especially important to stay alert while drinking. Ordering canned or bottled beverages, drinking in moderation and not accepting drinks from strangers are reasonable ways to stay as safe as possible, particularly from the risk of tainted alcohol, while traveling this holiday season.”

Allianz Global Assistance offers travel insurance through most major U.S. airlines, leading travel agents, online travel agencies and directly to consumers. For more information on Allianz Global Assistance and the policies offered for travelers, please visit: or like us on Facebook at 

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*Methodology: The data of U.S. travelers’ 2017 Christmas travel plans was gathered by analyzing the number of travelers that went through the online booking process of airfare and package paths for partners offering Allianz Global Assistance travel to generate itineraries for flights departing from US airports during 12/20/2017 - 12/24/2017 and returning 12/26/2017 - 01/01/2018.

Rank Domestic Destination Percent of Domestic Trips International Destination Percent of International Trips
1 New York City 4.71 percent Cancun 9.40 percent
2 Orlando 4.30 percent London 5.59 percent
3 Los Angeles 3.46 percent San Jose Del Cabo 3.48 percent
4 Atlanta 3.11 percent Puerto Vallarta 3.01 percent
5 Fort Lauderdale 2.86 percent San Juan 2.69 percent
6 Seattle 2.80 percent Higuey (DO) 2.57 percent
7 Denver 2.75 percent Montego Bay 2.38 percent
8 Minneapolis 2.67 percent Paris 2.32 percent
9 Salt Lake City 2.65 percent San Jose (CR) 2.15 percent
10 Boston 2.53 percent Aruba 1.81 percent

Allianz Global Assistance USA 

Allianz Global Assistance USA (AGA Service Company) is a leading consumer specialty insurance and assistance company.  We provide insurance to 25 million customers annually and are best known for our Allianz Travel Insurance plans. In addition to travel insurance, Allianz Global Assistance USA offers tuition insurance, event ticket protection, registration protection for endurance events and unique travel assistance services such as international medical assistance and concierge services. The company also serves as an outsource provider for in-bound call center services and claims administration for credit card companies.

To learn more about Allianz Travel Insurance, please visit or Like us on Facebook at

*Terms, conditions, and exclusions apply to all plans.  Plans are available only to U.S. residents.  Not all plans are available in all jurisdictions.  For a complete description of the coverage and benefit limits offered under your plan, carefully review your plan’s Letter of Confirmation/Declarations and Certificate of Insurance/Policy.  Insurance coverage is underwritten by BCS Insurance Company (OH, Administrative Office: Oakbrook Terrace, IL), rated "A-" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Co., under BCS Form No. 52.201 series or 52.401 series, or Jefferson Insurance Company (NY, Administrative Office: Richmond, VA), rated "A+" (Superior) by A.M. Best Co., under Jefferson Form No. 101-C series or 101-P series, or Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and Affiliated Companies (One Nationwide Plaza, Columbus, OH 43215-2200), under Form Nos. SRTC 2000 and NSHTC 2500, each rated “A+” (Superior) by A.M. Best Co., depending on state of residence.  Allianz Travel Insurance products are distributed by Allianz Global Assistance, a brand of AGA Service Company. AGA Service Company is the licensed producer and administrator of these plans and an affiliate of Jefferson Insurance Company.  The insured shall not receive any special benefit or advantage due to the affiliation between AGA Service Company and Jefferson Insurance Company.  Non-insurance benefits/products are provided and serviced by AGA Service Company.

**Use of the TravelSmart application is subject to your acceptance of the Terms of Use. Some application features may require the use of phone service, text messaging, data access, carrier or data network connectivity, and/or location data (GPS) to function as intended. Standard charges, rates, fees, and taxes for phone, data and text messaging use apply. Features subject to availability and location. Flight tracking may not be available on all flights. Application content is not a substitute for the medical advice or treatment by a doctor and must not be used as such.