Coachella Draws Nearly Twice As Many Air Travelers As SXSW Or Ultra Music Festival

Coachella Draws Nearly Twice As Many Air Travelers As SXSW Or Ultra Music Festival

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INDIO, Calif. (CelebrityAccess) Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festiva is bringing in 46 percent more travelers by air than South by Southwest and 89 percent more than Ultra Music Festival this year, according to Allianz Global Assistance, a leading travel insurance, and assistance company.

From early March through late April, music and art fans will travel to one of the three events but, possibly because of the long, desert drive associated with Coachella, many opt for to add airfare to an already expensive travel plan.

“Each year, Americans shell out thousands of dollars to participate in festivals across the country,” said Daniel Durazo, director of communications for Allianz Global Assistance USA. “Allianz’s Event Ticket Protector could reimburse up to 100 percent of the ticket price, including taxes and shipping, if you can’t attend an event because you or a family member gets sick, your flight is delayed, you lose your job, or a number of other covered reasons, depending on the product. Alternatively, the right travel insurance plan can additionally protect other pre-paid, nonrefundable costs, like flights and hotels, and assist with travel disruptions, helping you get to your favorite performance in time to enjoy the festival stress-free.”

According to Allianz’s internal claims data, the top reason customers miss an event like a concert is due to a sudden illness, which often leaves little time to resell their tickets or transfer their registration.

The top five domestic departure cities for attendees traveling to Coachella include New YorkChicagoWashingtonPhiladelphia, and Boston. Weekend One and Two of Coachella are equivalent for air travelers, with 12.1 percent of air travelers arriving April 13, and 12 percent arriving April 18.

Ultra Music Festival is drawing the most air travelers from cities including Los AngelesNew YorkSan FranciscoChicago, and Washington. Much of the crowd, 36.5 percent, will be traveling on March 27, two days ahead of the festival’s opening day.

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