Americans are making revenge travel a priority in 2022 despite rising prices

A Third of Americans Plan ‘Revenge’ Travel while Seven out of 10 are Desperate for a Vacation, According to Allianz Partners’ 14th Annual Vacation Confidence Index

Richmond, Virginia, July 12, 2022 – The summer travel season has officially kicked off and Americans are showing no signs that rising prices will stop their vacation plans. According to Allianz Partners USA’s 14th Annual Vacation Confidence Index*, about one in three Americans (32%) admit they are ‘revenge traveling’ in 2022, unapologetically making up for lost vacation time that was postponed due to the pandemic.

The findings also show that seven in 10 Americans (71%) say they desperately need a vacation this year, even though 43% say they can’t really afford one. Among those who say they can’t afford a vacation this year, 31% admit they are revenge traveling anyway – likely stemming from both the desire to catch up on missed vacation time or unused vacation days and Americans equating vacation with self-care and boosting mental health.

“Our survey found that a third of Americans are planning ‘revenge’ travel trips this summer despite rising travel costs.  Driving this trend is the significant majority of travelers who say they desperately need a vacation after two years of travel uncertainty,” said Daniel Durazo, director of external communications at Allianz Partners USA. “Overwhelming demand for travel can mean there’s more room for travel plans to go awry, so it’s important to plan ahead with a travel insurance policy that can protect your investments and make sure your revenge travel stays sweet.”

While inflation has caused more than half (55%) of respondents’ vacation plans to be scaled back, a significant number of Americans were able to save money since the beginning of the pandemic to put toward their next dream vacation. Allianz Partners found that 49% of Americans say they’ve saved more over the pandemic and are able to spend more on travel as a result.

When it comes to how Americans will be spending their vacation time, a separate survey** conducted by Allianz Partners found that while Americans continue to prioritize rest and relaxation, they’re placing greater value on social activities than any other country European country surveyed, including visiting friends and family, meeting new people and partying.  

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The Vacation Confidence Index has been conducted each summer since 2009 by national polling firm Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of Allianz Partners USA. A vacation is defined as leisure travel of at least a week to a destination at least 100 miles from home.

In March 2021, Allianz Partners 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 also may 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. See your plan for details.

Allianz Partners offers travel insurance through most major U.S. airlines, leading travel agents, online travel agencies, hotel companies, cruise lines and directly to consumers. For more information on Allianz and available travel policies, please visit

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*Methodology: These are the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Allianz Partners USA. For this survey, a sample of 2,011 Americans aged 18+ was interviewed from May 2 to 4, 2022, via the Ipsos Online Omnibus. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the results are accurate to within +/- 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, of what the results would have been had all American adults been polled. Quota sampling and weighting were employed in order to balance demographics and ensure that the sample’s composition reflects that of the actual U.S. population, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Credibility intervals are wider among subsets of the population.


**Methodology: The 2nd International Travel Confidence Index carried out on behalf of Allianz Partners, is intended to understand and assess the perception of summer holidays throughout various European countries and the United States of America. The study was carried out on a sample of 9,107 persons, in France (1,019 persons), in Germany (1,020 persons), in the United-Kingdom (1,012 persons), in Italy (1,025 persons), in Spain (1,015 persons), in the Netherlands (1,003 persons), in Austria (1,003 persons), in Switzerland (1,005 persons) and in the United States of America (1,005 persons) from May 3 to 11, 2022. The samples were drawn up according to the quota method, with regard to the criteria of sex, age, socio-professional category, region of residence and size of agglomeration in France; sex, age, region and income in other countries. The interviews were performed using a self-administered online questionnaire via the CAWI (Computer Assisted Web Interview) system.


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In the United States, Allianz Partners USA (AGA Service Company) offers Allianz Travel-branded travel protection plans and serves millions of customers each year. In addition to travel protection, the company offers event ticket protection, registration protection for endurance events and unique travel assistance services such as international medical assistance and concierge services. AGA Service Company is doing business as Allianz Global Assistance Insurance Agency in California (License # 0B01400) and Massachusetts. Allianz Partners USA is part of the Allianz Partners group. Allianz Partners is a world leader in B2B2C insurance and assistance, offering global solutions that span international health and life, travel insurance, mobility and assistance. Customer driven, our innovative experts are redefining insurance services by delivering future-ready, high-tech, high-touch products and solutions that go beyond traditional insurance. Present in over 75 countries, our 19,400 employees speak 70 languages, handle over 58 million cases each year, and are motivated to go the extra mile to offer peace of mind to our customers around the world. 

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