The cheapest times to fly from MSY to LIH are

  • January 1st to February 11th
  • July 23rd to December 16th (except the week of November 19th)

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from MSY to LIH is mid August. Prices can be as high as $1474 for Saturday flights during late December, or as low as $464 for Tuesday flights around mid August.


When to Fly to Kauai

Flying from New Orleans, LA (MSY) to Lihue, HI (LIH) will usually cost between $558 to $1081 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid August with an average ticket price of $512. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $1112. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $600 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $822 can be considered a good price for a round-trip MSY to LIH flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the MSY to LIH route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

MSY to LIH Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the MSY to LIH flight is cheaper than the average and costs about as much as the average flight leaving from New Orleans. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.12, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $149 (17%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $734. Return trip prices are from the LIH to MSY flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from MSY to LIH can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 8 hour 39 minutes may not be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from MSY to LIH while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Daniel K Inouye International Airport (HNL) in Honolulu, HI

  • 102 miles (164 km) away from LIH
  • Usually 14.17% less expensive than LIH
  • 1-layover flights available

See MSY to HNL flights


Flight Hacking MSY to LIH

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from MSY to LIH — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Los Angeles, CA (MSY > LAX > LIH)

  • Price for both tickets: $788
  • Average savings: $34 (4.14%)

See MSY to LAX flights

Hack #2: San Jose, CA (MSY > SJC > LIH)

  • Price for both tickets: $819
  • Average savings: $3 (0.36%)

See MSY to SJC flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from MSY to LIH? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 6 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, Southwest, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Lihue Airport to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 4263 miles or 6861 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from MSY to LIH?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop MSY to LIH flight is about 8 hour 39 minutes.

How many flights go between New Orleans, LA and Lihue, HI?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 58 available flights from MSY to LIH.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code MSY
Origination airport name Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
City New Orleans, LA
Country the United States
Latitude 30
Longitude -90.3

Return Airport

Destination code LIH
Destination airport name Lihue Airport
City Lihue, HI
Country the United States
Latitude 22
Longitude -159.3


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