December 08, 2021

Holiday Travel Increases by More Than a Third

Allianz Partners Reveals New York City and Mexico are Americans' Favored Destinations

Holiday travel will increase by 34 percent in 2021 compared to 2020 according to Allianz Partners USA's Top 10 Holiday Destinations survey, which found that Americans are planning trips to New York City and Cancun, Mexico as their top domestic and international locations.

After reviewing four million itineraries* for roundtrip flights departing from U.S. airports beginning Saturday, December 18 and returning by Thursday, December 30, the travel insurance and assistance company found that 87 percent of the itineraries reviewed are for domestic travel and 13 percent are for international travel.

With fewer travel restrictions and availability of the COVID-19 vaccine, Americans are putting their travel plans in motion this holiday season. New York (#1) made its return as the favored destination after slipping out of the top 10 last year, followed by Seattle (#2) which was 2020's top holiday destination. Americans are also planning trips to warm-weather destinations including Orlando (#3), Los Angeles (#4) and Phoenix (#5). The only New England contender, Boston (#6) follows, and Atlanta (#7), Las Vegas (#8), Salt Lake City (#9) and Dallas-Fort Worth round out the top 10 list for domestic holiday travels.

"Americans are eager to travel again and one trend we've seen is travelers returning to the places they love, whether that's a cosmopolitan Christmas in New York City or basking in the sun on the beautiful beaches of Mexico," said Daniel Durazo, director of marketing and communications for Allianz Partners USA.

Travelers seeking an international holiday getaway are putting three destinations in Mexico on their holiday wish lists, and checking them twice. Cancun (#1) came out on top this year, followed by San Jose Del Cabo (#2) and Puerto Vallarta (#3). With eight Caribbean destinations featured in the top 10 international ranking, it's fair to say Americans are looking for a winter escape and a warmer change of scenery this year.

Allianz Partners Holiday Travel Data: Where Americans Are Traveling

Top Domestic Destinations
  2021 2020 2019 2018
1 New York Seattle New York New York
2 Seattle Orlando Orlando Los Angeles
3 Orlando Los Angeles Los Angeles Orlando
4 Los Angeles Boston Boston Boston
5 Phoenix Phoenix Atlanta Seattle
6 Boston Dallas-Fort Worth Seattle Atlanta
7 Atlanta Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale
8 Las Vegas Salt Lake City Las Vegas San Francisco
9 Salt Lake City Fort Myers Salt Lake City Minneapolis
10 Dallas-Fort Worth Portland Minneapolis Salt Lake City

Top International Destinations
  2021 2020 2019 2018
1 Cancun, Mexico Cancun, Mexico Cancun, Mexico Cancun, Mexico
2 San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico San Juan, Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico
3 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico Nassau, Bahamas San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico
4 Montego Bay, Jamaica Puerto Vallarta, Mexico San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico Nassau, Bahamas
5 Oranjestad, Aruba Oranjestad, Aruba Montego Bay, Jamaica Montego Bay, Jamaica
6 London, United Kingdom Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Mexico City, Mexico Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
7 Nassau, Bahamas Montego Bay, Jamaica Oranjestad, Aruba Mexico City, Mexico
8 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Higuey, Domincan Republic Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Oranjestad, Aruba
9 Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Santiago, Dominican Republic Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
10 Paris, France Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Toronto, Canada Paris, France

*Methodology: The data of U.S. travelers' 2021 holiday 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 12/18/2021 –12/29/2021, returning 12/19/2021 - 12/30/2021. In total, just under 4 million itineraries were analyzed using this methodology.

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