Oct 28, 2021

Big Apple and Cancun Are Top Thanksgiving Destinations for Americans

Richmond, VA, October 28, 2021 — Americans are planning their trips and packing their bags for bright lights and warm beaches, according to the Allianz Travel Insurance Top 10 Thanksgiving Destination Index, which found that travel-ready Americans have made New York City and Cancun, Mexico their top picks for 2021 turkey-day destinations.

Allianz Partners reviewed more than two million travel itineraries* around the Thanksgiving holiday for roundtrip flights departing from United States airports from Saturday, November 20 to Thursday, November 25, and returning Friday, November 26 to Tuesday, November 30 and revealed the hottest domestic and international destinations for Thanksgiving 2021. 

With the return of Broadway and exciting outdoor seasonal activities like the annual Thanksgiving Day parade, New York City reclaimed the top domestic spot with Seattle, Washington slipping to second and Boston, Massachusetts in third place (up two slots from 2020). Atlanta, Georgia and Dallas Fort-Worth, Texas round out the top five, while Los Angeles, down three spots, came in at sixth place.

A popular fixture in Allianz’s annual survey, Mexico is the top international Thanksgiving destination darling for Americans with Cancun, San Jose Del Cabo and Puerto Vallarta claiming all three top spots. All but two of the top 10 international locations, with London and Paris in fourth and eighth place respectively, are beach destinations, showing that this Thanksgiving, in addition to the stuffing, Americans are searching for a side of vitamin D.

 “Americans are craving a return to the good old days and nothing beats a traditional Thanksgiving surrounded by the sights and sounds of New York,” said Daniel Durazo, director of marketing and communications for Allianz Partners USA. “Whether you’ll be enjoying your Thanksgiving in the Big Apple or on the beaches of Mexico, it’s smart to protect your trip with travel insurance. In an increasingly uncertain world, travel insurance offers peace of mind by protecting pre-paid travel expenses from unforeseen covered events that may cause trip cancellations or interruptions, significant travel delays, baggage issues and medical emergencies.”

With more Americans traveling this year compared to 2020, it’s important to understand the COVID-19 guidelines in travel destinations. Earlier this year, Allianz Partners USA announced enhancements** to many of its travel insurance products in most states through an Epidemic Coverage Endorsement.  Products that include this endorsement may include covered reasons that provide coverage to customers who become ill with COVID-19 or a future epidemic, are individually ordered to quarantine, or are denied boarding due to a suspected illness. Specifically, products with these enhancements may include epidemic-related illness as a covered reason to cancel or interrupt a trip, or seek reimbursement for emergency medical care, emergency medical transportation, change fees and loyalty points redeposit fees. Availability of the Epidemic Coverage Endorsement, and specific covered reasons under that endorsement, varies by product and by state. See your plan for details.

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’ 2021 Thanksgiving plans was gathered by analyzing the number of customers that went through the online booking process of airfare and package paths for partners offering Allianz Global Assistance travel insurance, to generate itineraries for roundtrip flights departing from U.S. airports from 11/20/2021 –11/25/2021, returning 11/26/2021 - 11/30/2021. In total, 2.3 million itineraries were analyzed using this methodology.

 

Allianz Partners Thanksgiving Travel Data: Where Americans Are Traveling  

Top Domestic Destinations

 

2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

1

New York

Seattle

New York

New York

New York

New York

2

Seattle

New York

Atlanta

Atlanta

Atlanta

Los Angeles

3

Boston

Los Angeles

Orlando

Los

Angeles

Los

Angeles

Orlando

4

Atlanta

Dallas

Los Angeles

Orlando

Orlando

San Francisco

5

Dallas-Fort Worth

Boston

Boston

Boston

Boston

Boston

6

Los Angeles

Orlando

Dallas

Dallas

Chicago

Atlanta

7

Phoenix

Phoenix

Seattle

Seattle

San Francisco

Chicago

8

Orlando

Fort Lauderdale

Detroit

Detroit

Dallas

Newark

9

Chicago

Atlanta

Chicago

Phoenix

Washington, D.C.

Las Vegas

10

Detroit

Las Vegas

Phoenix

Minneapolis

Seattle

Fort Lauderdale

 

Top International Destinations

 

2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

1

Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, 

Mexico

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Cancun, 

Mexico

Cancun, 

Mexico

Cancun, 

Mexico

2

San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico

San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico

Cancun, 

Mexico

London, 

United Kingdom

London, 

United Kingdom

London, United Kingdom

3

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta, 

Mexico

London, 

United Kingdom

Paris, 

France

Paris, 

France

San Juan, 

Puerto Rico

4

London, United Kingdom

Oranjestad,

Aruba

Paris, 

France

San Juan, 

Puerto Rico

Puerto Vallarta, 

Mexico

Tokyo, 

Japan

5

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Santo Domingo,

Dominican Republic

San Juan, 

Puerto Rico

San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico

Tokyo, 

Japan

Paris, 

France

6

Oranjestad, Aruba

Santiago, 

Dominican Republic

San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico

Montego Bay, Jamaica

San Jose Del Cabo,

Mexico

Puerto Vallarta, 

Mexico

7

Nassau, Bahamas

Montego Bay,

Jamaica

Nassau,

Bahamas

Nassau,

Bahamas

Montego Bay, Jamaica

San Jose Del Cabo,

Mexico

8

Paris, France

Providenciales,  Turks and Caicos

Puerto Vallarta,

Mexico

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Rome, 

Italy

Hong Kong, China

9

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana,

Dominican Republic

Montego Bay,

Jamaica

Puerto Vallarta,

Mexico

Nassau,

Bahamas

Oranjestad, Aruba

10

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Havana,

Cuba

Mexico City, 

Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico

Oranjestad,

Aruba

Sydney,

Australia

 

Press contact

FINN Partners              

Kelsey Altavilla / Kelsey.Altavilla@finnpartners.com    

Jennifer Castillo / Jennifer.Castillo@finnpartners.com                                 

 

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 serves millions of customers each year. In addition to travel protection, 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. AGA Service Company is doing business as Allianz Global Assistance Insurance Agency in California (License # 0B01400) and Massachusetts.

** While the new Epidemic Coverage Endorsement adds certain covered reasons that apply to specific epidemic-related situations, products otherwise generally do not cover claims due to known, foreseeable, or expected events, epidemics, government prohibitions, warnings, or travel advisories, or fear of travel, and coverage can vary by state.  Please see our Coverage Alert for information about other temporary accommodations that may be available.  Benefits for quarantines only apply when an eligible traveler is specifically named and individually ordered to quarantine by order or official directive of a government, public regulatory authority, or the captain of a commercial vessel on which that eligible traveler is booked to travel during the covered trip, based on that eligible traveler’s exposure to COVID-19. The benefit does not cover travel restrictions (whether or not they are referred to as “quarantine”) that apply generally or broadly (a) to some segment or all of a population, geographical area, building, or vessel (including without limitation shelter-in-place, stay-at-home, safer-at-home, or other similar restriction), or (b) based on to, from, or through where the person is traveling. Coverage may not cover the full cost of your quarantine and is subject to applicable benefit limits. See your plan for details.

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