The travel insurance and assistance provider found that two-thirds of its customers plan to take a trip between now and November, and that a majority feel confident in resuming pre-Covid activity levels for travel, including a return to cruising by the end of 2021. The number of customers planning trips in 2021 tripled in July, compared to those in February who were planning trips for later this year.
According to Allianz Partners USA’s survey, 66 per cent of customers anticipate traveling in the next three months (by the end of October). Comparatively, when asked the same question in a similar survey in February 2021, 22 per cent of customers felt they would travel within that same timeframe. Additionally, uncertainty over future travel has dropped by more than half, with just seven per cent of customers responding in the July survey they were not sure when they would next travel, versus 21 per cent in February.
Domestic travel still the top choice
Allianz’s survey also revealed that domestic travel is the choice for customers’ next trips, with more than half (55 per cent) planning to stay within the continental US. Mexico, the Caribbean and Hawaii continue as the second most popular options (24 per cent, up from 21 per cent in February), and 15 per cent of customers indicated they would travel to Europe (up from 14 per cent in February).
“Americans are regaining ground on travel confidence, and our latest survey revealed that two thirds of our customers plan to take a trip by November,” said Daniel Durazo, Director of Marketing and Communications at Allianz Partners USA. “Confidence and certainty around travel is returning, and we’re seeing customers rebound to pre-pandemic interest levels, which has the potential to fuel travel enthusiasm into 2022.”
Meanwhile, the US Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes voiced his concerns on the Biden administration’s decision to uphold travel restrictions.