Brooklyn Bridge Park (Credit: Julienne Schaer)
Brooklyn Bridge Park (Credit: Julienne Schaer)

The busiest travel day of the year is upon us, but where are Americans going this Thanksgiving? Allianz Global Assistance just released a list of the top 10 hot spots this Thanksgiving holiday, and New York City and Cancun came out on top as the most popular domestic and international destinations, respectfully.

The report also ranked the following cities as popular domestic travel destinations for Thanksgiving after New York City: Los Angeles, Orlando, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Newark, Las Vegas, and Fort Lauderdale. International destinations that made the list after Cancun were: London, San Juan, Tokyo, Paris, Puerto Vallarta, San Jose Del Cabo, Hong Kong, Aruba, and Sydney.

The numbers were based on an analysis of the number of customers that used online booking to secure airfare and package paths from partners offering Allianz Global Assistance travel insurance to generate itineraries for travel around the Thanksgiving holiday (November 19-27, 2016). The company reviewed 1.3 million travel plans made by Americans to develop this list!

Here’s the full rundown of domestic and international destinations listed out with number of booking intents received.

Thanksgiving Data
Rank U.S. Destination Booking Intents Int’l Destination Booking Intents
1 New York City 209,682 Cancun 41,144
2 Los Angeles 137,843 London 31,427
3 Orlando 122,065 San Juan 29,340
4 San Francisco 117,027 Tokyo 19,081
5 Boston 108,392 Paris 17,192
6 Atlanta 105,978 Puerto Vallarta 16,578
7 Chicago 104,630 San Jose Del Cabo 16,443
8 Newark 102,779 Hong Kong 13,948
9 Las Vegas 90,166 Aruba 13,749
10 Fort Lauderdale 84,325 Sydney 12,520

“While it’s great for bonding, the high volume of travelers and uncertain weather conditions can make an unexpected trip delay or cancelation all the more likely and travel insurance all the more important,” Daniel Durazo, director of communications for Allianz Global Assistance said in a statement. “Allianz’s classic [insurance] policy provides great benefits where kids 17 years old or younger are covered at no extra cost when traveling with a parent or grandparent.”

Disclaimer: Johnny Jet works as an ambassador for Allianz Global Assistance (AGA Service Company) and receives financial compensation.

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