Dec 20, 2018

Creatures of Habit: New York City and Cancun Rank as Top Thanksgiving Destinations for Americans for the Third Year in a Row

Allianz Global Assistance Releases the Thanksgiving Results From its 2017 Top 10 Holiday Destinations Report 


RICHMOND, VA, NOVEMBER 20, 2017 — For the third year in a row, New York City and Cancun are this year’s most popular domestic and international destinations for Thanksgiving amongst Americans, according to Allianz Global Assistance’s Top 10 Thanksgiving Destination Report.

Allianz Global Assistance reviewed more than 4.5 million plans* made by Americans for travel during Thanksgiving (between November 18, 2017 and November 28, 2017). The top 10 domestic destinations ranked by popularity are: New York City, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Orlando, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Washington, D.C., and Seattle. Cities falling off the list from last year include: Las Vegas, Fort Lauderdale and Newark. Destinations added to the rankings are Dallas, Washington, D.C. and Seattle.

Internationally, Cancun is followed in popularity by London, Paris, Puerto Vallarta, Tokyo, San Jose Del Cabo, Montego Bay, Rome, Nassau and Aruba. San Juan, Hong Kong and Sydney did not make this year’s list. Montego Bay, Rome and Nassau are new additions for 2017.

The report also showed the busiest travel days for Thanksgiving: most Americans are planning to depart internationally on November 18, domestically on November 21 and their return is nearly evenly spread between November 25 and 26.

“Thanksgiving can be one of the most stressful times of the year to travel given the high volume of travelers and the potential for delays.  It’s important to consider travel insurance anytime you travel, but especially during Thanksgiving,” said Daniel Durazo, director of communications for Allianz Global Assistance USA. “Given the number of travelers headed out of the country for Thanksgiving, it’s important to remember that travel insurance may provide coverage for medical emergencies and emergency medical transportation.”

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 Thanksgiving 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 roundtrip flights departing from US airports during 11/18 - 11/23/2017 and returning 11/23 - 11/28/2017. Below is a snapshot of that data to top U.S. and international cities.    


Thanksgiving Travel Data For Americans

Rank Domestic International
2017 2016 2015 2017 2016 2015
1 New York New York New York Cancun Cancun Cancun
2 Atlanta Los Angeles Los Angeles London London London
3 Los Angeles Orlando Orlando Paris San Juan San Juan
4 Orlando San Francisco Chicago Puerto Vallarta Tokyo Paris
5 Boston Boston San Francisco Tokyo Paris San Jose Del Cabo
6 Chicago Atlanta Atlanta San Jose Del Cabo Puerto Vallarta Puerto Vallarta
7 San Francisco Chicago Boston Montego Bay San Jose Del Cabo Tokyo
8 Dallas Newark Fort Lauderdale Rome Hong Kong Aruba
9 Washington, D.C. Las Vegas Newark Nassau Aruba Bangkok
10 Seattle Fort Lauderdale Las Vegas Aruba Sydney Hong Kong

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.

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**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. Noninsurance benefits/products are provided and serviced by AGA Service Company.