Holiday travel will increase by 34% 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, Dec. 18 and returning by Thursday, Dec. 30, the travel insurance and assistance company found that 87% of the itineraries reviewed are for domestic travel and 13% are for international travel, according to a press release.
With fewer travel restrictions and the 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. “Holiday travel can be stressful and with the added uncertainty brought on by severe weather, significant delays and unexpected cancellations, it’s important to remember travel insurance. Whether you’re visiting family you haven’t seen in a while or are taking a much-needed vacation out of the country, travel insurance can provide coverage for pre-paid, non-refundable expenses, medical emergencies and even lost or delayed baggage.”
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).