Trader Vic's Original Mai Tai RecipeYou’re daydreaming about Kauai . . . again. You’re craving the lazy warm days, turquoise waters, sea turtles, big mai tais, friendly locals and well, big mai tais. You think 2020 may be your year to return, but you naturally want to make the most of your trip by getting a great deal on airfare. 

So, just when is the best time to fly to Kauai? You check your calendar for all your possible openings and try to stay flexible. Let’s face it, a great deal on airfare will set the tone for a great trip. 

Luckily, 2020 heralds some positive changes in air travel to Kauai: 

Firstly, after months of teasing, Southwest Airlines has finally rolled out flights into Lihue from Oakland, San José and Honolulu which gives travelers some exciting new low-fare options — both directly from these ports and as connecting destinations. Keep an eye on pricing and remember to clear out your computer’s cookies after your web search. (Stay stealth because Big Brother internet is watching. . .)

The other development is that Hawaiian Airlines (considered the gold standard for travel to the islands) (hence the name) has unveiled a sparkling new fleet of planes. This can only bode well for competitive pricing across the board — especially as more routes are announced. Note: It appears that Southwest’s low teaser fares are already nudging Hawaiian Airlines to reduce some of its pricing for inter-island flights, as well. Another boon for vacationers!

After a little web research, the best time for flying to Kauai in 2020 looks something like this:

Winter Season (happening now) is from January through the end of March: You will notice a drop in prices during this usually busy time period thanks to the addition of the aforementioned flights by Southwest and Hawaiian. Again, all this new activity is great for competitive pricing!

Spring Break/Easter Season covers less than a month from mid-March through early-April: This is traditionally an expensive time of year to travel to Hawaii. The travel site www.beatofhawaii.com says, “Do not expect to see many deals offered for spring break, although Southwest might bring some pleasant surprises.” 

Spring Season runs from mid-April through early June:  This is a beautiful time to visit the Garden Isle but it’s anyone’s guess about flight pricing. Again, keep an eye out, set up alerts and cover your search engine tracks.

kauai weddingPeak Summer Season runs pretty specifically from mid-June to mid-August: As you might guess, this is also an extremely popular time to visit Kauai. The kids are out of school and families arrive in droves, plus honeymoons and weddings proliferate. The island will be busier and fares will likely go up.

Late Summer into Fall Season starts on August 17 and ends around December 10: With the exception of Thanksgiving week, this is definitely Kauai’s off season and a great time to find deals! Just like in a game of luau limbo, how low can you go?

Christmas Season is perhaps the highest spike in travelers and prices:  This has long been the most expensive time to fly to Kauai. If you are beholden to this time of year, your best-bet-to-fly dates will be on December 24, 25, 31 and January 1. These are actual holidays, of course — when most folks prefer to stay put — so deals can be had. In fact, prices tend to go down overall after Christmas day.

Any time is a good time to get out to Kauai — one of Mother Nature’s most glorious masterpieces rife with unforgettable adventure. For more info on travel or to book a villa, just click on Koloa Landing Resort. Friendly locals are ready to help! We’ll even reserve a big mai tai with your name on it at the HoloHolo lobby bar. Bon voyage!

Erica Karlin — Koloa Landing Resort