April 21. More Americans are forgoing the traditional summer road trip and instead packing their bags and passports for a European holiday this year. According to Allianz Partners’ Top-10 Summer European Destinations review, travel to Europe will soar 600% over last year, as countries re-open for visitation from the U.S.
Allianz, a leading travel insurance and assistance company analyzed more than 40,000 flight itineraries of five to eight day trips between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The survey found that London retains the lion’s share of all planned trips with 22% of the bookings, likely spurred by the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee festivities marking the British monarch’s 70-years of service. Paris (#2) and Dublin (#3) also remain atop Europe’s most sought-after vacation spots for 2022 summer travel.
The Allianz survey also reviewed planned travel dates and trip length for those headed across the Atlantic this summer season. While countries remained on lockdown, Americans accrued a sizable stash of vacation days, and the survey indicates that of those headed abroad, 75 percent will spend seven days on vacation this summer and 11 percent are planning for eight days away from home. The travel insurance and assistance company’s review also found that Friday, May 27 is projected to be the most popular travel day, kicking off the Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start to summer.
In March 2021, Allianz announced enhancements to many of its travel insurance products in most states through an Epidemic Coverage Endorsement. Products that include this endorsement may provide coverage to customers who become ill with COVID-19 or a future epidemic, are individually ordered to quarantine, or are denied boarding due to a suspected illness. These products may also cover emergency medical care and transportation or provide reimbursement for change fees and loyalty points deposit fees if the customer becomes ill with an epidemic disease. Availability of the Epidemic Coverage Endorsement, and specific covered reasons under that endorsement, varies by product and by state.
Source: Insider Travel