Thanksgiving Travel: Many Americans Will Skip Turkey, Hit Beach

New data from Switchfly reveals that those Americans not headed home for T-day will head en masse towards warmer weather and caipirinhas

SAN FRANCISCO--()--Switchfly, Inc., the travel technology company powering travel search/booking and loyalty program engagement for the world’s most celebrated brands, today released data about the travel habits of those Americans who will head overseas this holiday season. The data reveals that the overwhelming majority of those Americans traveling internationally for the holidays will be headed towards warmer climes.

At the top of the list is sunny Brazil, where American travelers will find average temperatures about 80 degrees Fahrenheit and almost 5,000 miles of coastline, compared with average temperatures in the US of 63 degrees (San Francisco), 54 degrees (New York), 52 degrees (Boston), 52 degrees (Denver) and 48 degrees (Chicago).

With the exception of one destination (England, #9), the rest of the top 10 are equally balmy and include the United States’ sunnier neighbors Mexico (#2), Dominican Republic (#3), Puerto Rico (#4) and the Bahamas (#6).

Average length of stay varied from 4-6 days – in keeping with people making the most of their Thanksgiving PTO:

Top International Thanksgiving Travel Destinations



Average length of stay

1. Brazil 6.3 days
2. Mexico 5.2 days
3. Dominican Republic 5.5 days
4. Puerto Rico 4.6 days
5. Aruba 5.2 days
6. Bahamas 4.6 days
7. Jamaica 5.4 days
8. Argentina 4.0 days
9. England 6.3 days
10. Cayman Islands 5.6 days

Why travel internationally at Thanksgiving?

“Apart from the obvious allure of warmer climes, travelers are likely to find excellent deals on international travel around the Thanksgiving holiday,” said Daniel Farrar, CEO of Switchfly. “While domestic travel volume is very high, fewer people travel internationally, which means airlines rightly incentivize customers to fly abroad. Travelers should plan to fly on Thanksgiving morning to avoid the crushing masses at the airport the day before, and also avoid the Sunday following Thanksgiving. Those are two of the busiest traveling days of the entire year.”

As for those traveling to England for Thanksgiving – #9 most popular international Thanksgiving destination?

“Perhaps these are people with friends or family to visit who are taking advantage of the low fares,” said Farrar. “They probably aren’t traveling for the weather.”


Switchfly, Inc. is a global technology company that powers travel commerce, loyalty program engagement and ancillary product offerings for some of the world’s most recognizable brands. Leading airlines, hotels, online travel agencies and financial service providers depend on Switchfly to power their omni-channel travel experiences because it uniquely combines a highly scalable and secure architecture with deep product and content inventory. Powerful analytics and real-time decision engines foster contextually-rich customer engagement and enable brands to offer a wide range of customized travel services to their customers. Headquartered in San Francisco, Switchfly generates more than $2 billion USD in revenue for its clients annually and facilitates the redemption of more than 40 billion reward points and miles each year. The company’s global client roster includes American Airlines, JetBlue and LAN Airlines; IAG Avios, Lufthansa Miles & More and United MileagePlus; InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott International and Starwood Hotels and Resorts; Groupon and Living Social. For more information, visit


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Gaby Perez-Silva, 714-369-2920


for Switchfly, Inc.
Gaby Perez-Silva, 714-369-2920