Apr 13, 2021

The Return of the Great American Vacation

Allianz Partners USA Reviews Top Summer Destinations; Orlando and Cancun Named Most Popular Destination for Five Years Running, Hawaii Makes Waves and Caribbean Heats Up

Richmond, VA, April 13 2021 — This year, Americans are making up for lost time, according to Allianz Partners’ Top 10 Summer Destinations review. After last summer’s vacation plans were largely scuttled due to the pandemic, Americans are regaining confidence in 2021 and planning trips to Florida, Hawaii and the Caribbean.

The travel insurance and assistance company analyzed more than 985,000 flight itineraries* for trips between five and eight days in length and for the fifth year in a row, found that Orlando, Florida and Cancun, Mexico are the most popular domestic and international destinations for 2021 summer travel.

For the first time in the survey’s history, four of the top 10 domestic destinations are in Hawaii with travel-deprived Americans saying ‘aloha’ to Maui (#2), Honolulu/Oahu (#3), Kauai (#7) and the Big Island (#8). Newcomer Anchorage, Alaska’s (#5) inclusion on the Top 10 domestic list reinforces that America’s love of the great outdoors and wide-open spaces will continue in 2021.

Internationally, Mexico appears three times on the Top 10 list; Cancun (#1) is followed by San Jose del Cabo (#2) and Puerto Vallarta comes in at ninth place. Additional Caribbean destinations completing the Top 10 include Aruba (#3), Puerto Rico (#4), U.S. Virgin Islands (#5), Jamaica (#6), Turks and Caicos (#7), Dominican Republic (#8) and the Bahamas (#10).

The pandemic has also seemingly impacted Americans’ trip length preference, with many favoring longer getaways over quick jaunts. The travel insurance and assistance company found almost two-thirds (59%) of travelers are taking seven-night journeys and one in four (37%) are opting for six nights away, compared to 2019 when four-night getaways were the most popular choice (30%), giving rise to the ‘micro-cation’ trend.  

Whether headed on an international beach getaway or visiting a smaller metropolitan city (Seattle, #4; Las Vegas, #6; Boston, #9; Miami #10), it’s important to understand and follow safe travel rules and regulations. Remember to take photos of vaccination cards and test results, save them on your phone and make physical copies. Keep copies in a few different places and laminate one; in the case of a vaccine card, don’t laminate the original, as you may need to document future booster shots on it.  

“For those who are vaccinated, Summer 2021 will be a welcome return to travel after a very long lockdown. For those who won’t yet be vaccinated or who are traveling with unvaccinated children, it’s important to protect your trip with a travel insurance plan that includes coverage for COVID-related illnesses,” said Daniel Durazo, director of marketing and communications for Allianz Partners, USA. “Allianz has rolled out temporary accommodations and permanent enhancements to some of our products that cover travelers if they become ill with COVID either before or during their trip.  As we begin to turn the corner back to normalcy, some unexpected situations can still pop up and it’s important to have access to 24/7 travel assistance that can help consumers navigate travel disruptions and find local attractions and accommodations.”

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 Partners USA recently announced the rollout of its new Epidemic Coverage Endorsement, which adds enhancements for new purchasers of some of its travel insurance products that may 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. This new coverage formalizes and adds to some of the temporary accommodations the company put into place in March 2020 to assist travelers who had been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

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 Summer 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 from US airports during the Summer season (5/28/2021 to 9/7/2021) for trips between 5-8 days in length. The findings are listed below:

Top Domestic Destinations

2021 Rank

City

State

2020 Rank

City

State

2019 Rank

City

State

1

Orlando

FL

1

Orlando

FL

1

Orlando

FL

2

Maui

HI

2

Las Vegas

NV

2

New York

NY

3

Honolulu/Oahu

HI

3

Los Angeles

CA

3

Seattle

WA

4

Seattle

WA

4

New York

NY

4

Las Vegas

NV

5

Anchorage

AK

5

Maui

HI

5

Boston

MA

6

Las Vegas

NV

6

Honolulu

HI

6

Los Angeles

CA

7

Kauai

HI

7

Seattle

WA

7

Maui

HI

8

Big Island

HI

8

Miami

FL

8

Honolulu

HI

9

Boston

MA

9

Boston

MA

9

San Francisco

CA

10

Miami

FL

10

Denver

CO

10

Portland

OR

 

Top International Destinations

2021 Rank

City

Country

2020 Rank

City

Country

2019 Rank

City

Country

1

Cancun

Mexico

1

Cancun

Mexico

1

Cancun

Mexico

2

San Jose Del Cabo

Mexico

2

San Jose Del Cabo

Mexico

2

Aruba

Aruba

3

Aruba

Aruba

3

Aruba

Aruba

3

San Jose Del Cabo

Mexico

4

San Juan

Puerto Rico

4

Montego Bay

Jamaica

4

Nassau

Bahamas

5

Charlotte Amalie

U.S. Virgin Islands

5

Providenciales

Turks and Caicos

5

Punta Cana

Dominican Republic

6

Montego Bay

Jamaica

6

Nassau

Bahamas

6

Montego Bay

Jamaica

7

Providenciales

Turks and Caicos

7

Charlotte Amalie

Virgin Islands

7

Providenciales

Turks and Caicos

8

Punta Cana

Dominican Republic

8

Puerto Vallarta

Mexico

8

San Juan

Puerto Rico

9

Puerto Vallarta

Mexico

9

Punta Cana

Dominican Republic

9

Puerto Vallarta

Mexico

10

Nassau

Bahamas

10

London

England

10

Grand Cayman

Cayman Islands

 

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 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.

Terms, conditions, and exclusions apply to all plans. Plans are available only to U.S. residents. Not all plans are available in all jurisdictions. Benefits and limits vary by plan. For a complete description of the coverage and benefit limits offered under your specific 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, depending on state of residence. AGA Service Company d/b/a Allianz Global Assistance is the licensed producer and administrator of Allianz Travel-branded travel protection plans in the U.S. and an affiliate of Jefferson Insurance Company. Allianz Global Assistance, TravelSmart, and AgentSmart are marks of AGA Service Company or its affiliates. The insured shall not receive any special benefit or advantage due to the affiliation between Allianz Global Assistance and Jefferson Insurance Company. Plans include insurance and assistance services. Noninsurance benefits/products are provided and serviced by Allianz Global Assistance. All claims subject to policy terms, conditions, and exclusions.

**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.