Nov 10, 2020

The Allure Of Mexico: Travel-Hungry Americans Choose Cancun for Thanksgiving

Allianz Partners Reveals Top 10 Domestic and International Destinations Mexico and Dominican Republic Dominate Top 5, New York Slips in Rankings

RICHMOND, VA, November 10, 2020 — 

Thanksgiving travel volumes will look different in 2020 as Americans navigate a changing landscape of travel restrictions amid COVID-19 – and while numbers are down from last year, travelers are still planning trips during the traditionally busy holiday season, according to Allianz Partners’ Top 10 Thanksgiving Destination Index.

 

Allianz reviewed travel plans* around Thanksgiving for outbound flights scheduled between Saturday, November 21 and Tuesday, December 1, 2020. In line with industry predictions of a 75 percent dip in bookings for November, the travel insurance and assistance company** noted a similar decrease in flight itineraries for the holiday compared to 2019 during the typical six-week booking window.

 

For the sixth consecutive year, Mexico will draw more Americans for Thanksgiving than any other international destination with Cancun, San Jose Del Cabo and Puerto Vallarta taking gold, silver and bronze. In comparison to 2019, Cancun moved up one spot while San Jose Del Cabo and Puerto Vallarta each jumped up by four places. Always a popular destination, Mexico has been a leader in tourism recovery since COVID-19 began – the country’s accessibility and safety protocols like restricted capacity at resorts to enable proper social distancing may be helping to drive demand along with the promise of a warm weather escape. Travelers should be aware that local restrictions may change frequently, including in Puerto Vallarta, which recently announced temporary activity restrictions.

 

This year, all top 10 international locations are beach destinations, a first for Allianz's Thanksgiving index since launching in 2015, with European holiday survey mainstays London and Paris notably absent and facing travel restrictions. Following the top three Mexican destinations, Americans are planning trips to Aruba, Santo Domingo and Santiago, both in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica’s Montego Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and Havana, Cuba.

 

New York, which recently retired its state by state Travel Advisory list in order to transition into a new travel testing policy, was knocked to second by Seattle, the first time a West Coast destination has led the list in the survey’s history. Taking third place this year is Los Angeles, followed by Dallas, Boston, Orlando, Phoenix, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta and Las Vegas, which returns to the index for the first time since 2016.

 

According to Allianz’s review, the day before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 25, is the busiest departure day for those headed to domestic destinations, with travelers most commonly taking four-day trips. Another consistent year over year travel timing trend: international jetsetters will use the weekend immediately preceding the holiday for their travel, with Saturday, November 21 as the most popular departure date.

 

When traveling this holiday season, assessing risk factors and planning ahead as much as possible will prove important. In addition to taking extra quantities of masks, disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizers, Allianz Partners’ Senior Medical Consultant, Lori Calavan, recommends checking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website regularly to find the most up to date guidelines for COVID-19 in your destination. Visit state and country websites to read executive orders such as mandatory masks, quarantine for out-of-state or U.S. residents, or testing requirements and visit tourism board websites to review special procedures places of business have implemented.

 

“Whatever holiday travel plan you make, checking the box on travel insurance is a smart decision to protect your investment,” said Daniel Durazo, director of marketing and communications for Allianz Partners. “Planning ahead can ease your mind during an often stressful time of year.”

 

Until further notice, although Allianz travel insurance products generally do not cover known, foreseeable, or expected events, epidemics, government prohibitions, warnings, or travel advisories, or fear of travel, Allianz has made several temporary claims accommodations for trip cancellations, trip interruptions and emergency medical care for those who become ill with COVID-19, and is temporarily accommodating refunds of travel insurance premiums to customers whose travel suppliers have canceled their trips due to COVID-19, so long as no payable claim has been filed under the plan.***

 

Allianz Partners offers travel insurance through most major U.S. airlines, leading travel agents, online travel agencies and directly to consumers. For more information on Allianz and the policies offered for travelers, please visit: http://www.allianztravelinsurance.com.

 

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*Methodology: The data of U.S. travelers’ 2020 Thanksgiving plans was gathered by analyzing the number of travelers that went through the online booking process of airfare for partners offering Allianz Travel Insurance, to generate itineraries for roundtrip flights departing from U.S. airports between 11/21/2020 – 12/1/2020 and returning from their trip during the same timeframe. In total, 632,757 itineraries were analyzed using this methodology.

Allianz Partners Thanksgiving Travel Data: Where Americans Are Headed

Top Domestic Destinations

 

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

1

Seattle

New York

New York

New York

New York

Chicago

2

New York

Atlanta

Atlanta

Atlanta

Los Angeles

Atlanta

3

Los Angeles

Orlando

Los

Angeles

Los

Angeles

Orlando

Los Angeles

4

Dallas

Los Angeles

Orlando

Orlando

San Francisco

San Francisco

5

Boston

Boston

Boston

Boston

Boston

Dallas

6

Orlando

Dallas

Dallas

Chicago

Atlanta

Newark

7

Phoenix

Seattle

Seattle

San Francisco

Chicago

New York

8

Fort Lauderdale

Detroit

Detroit

Dallas

Newark

Seattle

9

Atlanta

Chicago

Phoenix

Washington, D.C.

Las Vegas

Denver

10

Las Vegas

Phoenix

Minneapolis

Seattle

Fort Lauderdale

Boston

Top International Destinations

 

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

1

Cancun,

Mexico

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Cancun,

Mexico

Cancun,

Mexico

Cancun,

Mexico

Cancun,

Mexico

2

San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico

Cancun,

Mexico

London,

United Kingdom

London,

United Kingdom

London

London.

United Kingdom

3

Puerto Vallarta,

Mexico

London,

United Kingdom

Paris,

France

Paris,

France

San Juan,

Puerto Rico

Cabo San Lucas,

Mexico

4

Oranjestad,

Aruba

Paris,

France

San Juan,

Puerto Rico

Puerto Vallarta,

Mexico

Tokyo,

Japan

Puerto Vallarta,

Mexico

5

Santo Domingo,

Dominican Republic

San Juan,

Puerto Rico

San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico

Tokyo,

Japan

Paris,

France

San Juan,

Puerto Rico

6

Santiago,

Dominican Republic

San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico

Montego Bay, Jamaica

San Jose Del Cabo,

Mexico

Puerto Vallarta,

Mexico

Paris,

France

7

Montego Bay,

Jamaica

Nassau,

Bahamas

Nassau,

Bahamas

Montego Bay, Jamaica

San Jose Del Cabo,

Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico

8

Providenciales,

Turks and Caicos Islands

Puerto Vallarta,

Mexico

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Rome,

Italy

Hong Kong, China

Nassau,

Bahamas

9

Punta Cana,

Dominican Republic

Montego Bay,

Jamaica

Puerto Vallarta,

Mexico

Nassau,

Bahamas

Oranjestad, Aruba

San Jose,

Costa Rica

10

Havana,

Cuba

Mexico City,

Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico

Oranjestad,

Aruba

Sydney,

Australia

Oranjestad,

Aruba

About Allianz Partners
Allianz Partners (AGA Service Company) is a leading consumer specialty insurance and assistance company with operation centers in 35 countries. In the United States, the company offers Allianz Travel-branded travel protection plans and served over 45 million customers last year. In addition to travel insurance, the company 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 property and casualty insurers and credit card companies.

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***Restrictions apply. These accommodations are strictly applicable to COVID-19 and are only available for customers whose plan includes the applicable benefit. All other terms, conditions, and exclusions of the plan apply as normal. Please note, the described accommodations are an explicit and limited expression of donative intent only, which is for only the limited purposes expressly specified at the link below and for no other further purpose, express or implied. Further, it is expressly not a guarantee of coverage or admission of legal or equitable liability. Nothing contained or described at the link below, nor any payment made pursuant to the position described at the link below, is or should be construed to be a waiver of any term, condition, or exclusion of any plan, or any applicable rights, remedies, or defenses under any plan or at law or equity. We and our applicable underwriters and reinsurers reserve all rights, remedies, and defenses under the plan and under applicable law and at equity. For complete details, please visit: https://www.allianztravelinsurance.com/coverage-alerts/2019-novel-coronavirus.htm.