ST. PETERSBURG FL Nov. 20, 2017 — More than 50 million U.S. residents are expected to travel this Thanksgiving, the highest total in 12 years, according to AAA Travel. Leading travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, breaks down how traveler behavior has changed this Thanksgiving season.
More Travelers Choose to Stay in the U.S.
The United States has surpassed Mexico as the most popular destination for U.S. travelers this Thanksgiving.
- The number of travelers insuring domestic trips this Thanksgiving increased by 61% over last year
- After the United States, the next 5 most popular Thanksgiving destinations are Caribbean countries
Average Travel Spending Decreases From Last Year
Although more travelers are buying travel insurance to protect their vacations this Thanksgiving, they are spending less money on those trips compared to last year.
- Overall, the average cost per trip dropped to $2,453, a 3% decrease from last year
- The average cost of domestic trips decreased by 11% year-over-year, falling to $2,223
- International Thanksgiving trip costs remained relatively steady at $2,519
Concern Rises Over Flight Delays
Flight delays are a major concern each holiday season. During Thanksgiving, roughly 15% of flights are delayed each year, according to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
- The number of travelers who bought travel insurance for trips this Thanksgiving after specifically searching for Travel Delay coverage more than tripled over last year