Where is everyone going for Thanksgiving this year? The answers may surprise you.
New York City and Cancún rank as Americans’ top picks for 2021 turkey-day destinations, according to Allianz Partners USA’s Top 10 Thanksgiving Destination Index. Other popular draws for domestic travelers include Seattle and Boston, while London and Paris returned to the international list after falling off in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Allianz Partners—a leading consumer specialty insurance company with operations in 35 countries—reviewed more than two million Thanksgiving holiday travel itineraries* for roundtrip flights departing from U.S. airports from November 20 to November 25, and returning November 26 to November 30, to reveal the hottest domestic and international destinations for Thanksgiving 2021.
With the return of Broadway and popular traditions like the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York City reclaimed the No. 1 position on the U.S. list, with Seattle slipping to second and Boston in third place (up two slots from 2020). Atlanta and Dallas Fort-Worth round out the top five, while Los Angeles dropped three spots to sixth place.
A longtime favorite in Allianz’s annual survey, Mexico ranks as the top international destination for Americans in 2021, with Cancún, San José Del Cabo, and Puerto Vallarta claiming the three top spots. All but two of the top 10 international destinations—London and Paris, in fourth and eighth place respectively—are beach resorts, demonstrating that Americans are keen on relaxation and vitamin D this Thanksgiving holiday.
*Methodology: The data of U.S. travelers’ 2021 Thanksgiving plans was gathered by analyzing the number of customers that utilized the online airfare and package booking process of 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.