Whether it’s for the legendary Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza and Tulum, the cacophonous bird life at Isla Contoy and Sian Ka'an, the fabled Caribbean samba bars, the potent rum punch cocktails, booming Spring Breaker clubs, ivory-white beaches, or opulent hotel complexes, we really can’t blame any Kansas locals for wanting to make the three-hour hop south to the Yucatan this year, leaving behind those familiar urban bends in the Missouri River for something a little different. And what’s more, we can’t say we’re at all surprised that more than 600 people are now searching for connections on the route daily!
In fact, to help those hopeful Missouri locals pining for some sun, sand and sea Cancun style, we’ve put together this list of five tips to find cheap flights from Kansas City to Cancun, looking at everything from departure dates and airlines, to monthly highs and lows.
With the summertime rains dropping off nicely, the temperatures lingering around the low-80s, the hotel rooms ebbing to their budget-friendly, shoulder-season prices and the crowds thin on the ground at spots like Chichen Itza, Tulum and Playa del Carmen, November really is high-time to make a low-cost jaunt to the Yucatan. And the benefits don’t stop there for travellers out of Kansas City either, because we’ve discovered that November departures could also offer up savings on flights to the tune of $55!
Boasting the only nonstop flight linking Kansas City with Cancun, it’s hardly surprising that Frontier remain one of the most popular carriers on this route. What’s more, we’ve discovered that their direct service was also the cheapest in the last four weeks, beating all indirect offers with an average round trip price tag of $373. United Airlines came in second with their eight-hour connection via Houston, fielding a good option for passengers who don’t want to pay Frontier’s carry-on bag charges, but more of that later.
Airlines offering direct flights from Kansas City to Cancun:
- Frontier makes the journey in 3.5 hours for $373 round trip, on average.
Airlines offering connecting flights from Kansas City to Cancun:
- United makes the journey in 6.5 hours via Houston for $392 round trip, on average.
- US Airways makes the journey in 7 hours via Dallas for $396 round trip, on average.
- American makes the journey in 6 hours via Dallas for $396 round trip, on average.
- Delta makes the journey in 6.5 hours via Atlanta for $399 round trip, on average.
- Frontier makes the journey in 6.5 hours via Denver for $429 round trip, on average.
- AeroMéxico makes the journey in 7.5 hours via Atlanta for $464 round trip, on average.
Another benefit of opting to fly with United Airlines over low-coster Frontier, is that members of the carrier’s loyalty program will be able to redeem their air miles in return for some seriously mouth-watering deals. In fact, anyone who’s banked more than 35,000 miles will be able to grab themselves a round trip flight to Cancun absolutely free (paying just airport taxes and booking fees), while first class travelers could be in the air for as little as 40,000 miles each way.
Offering in-depth details regarding everything from yearly price trends and monthly popularity surges, to the cheapest departure dates and airline averages, Hopper’s When to Fly and Buy Reports page is an absolute must for any travellers eager to save a buck or two on their journey between Kansas City and Cancun. In the last four weeks alone it crunched over 1.2 million pieces of data related to the route, with tens of millions more being computed every day.
While we saw earlier that it was budget carrier Frontier who offered the cheapest base ticket prices between MCI and CUN, it’s important to bear in mind how that could be affected by any additional fees and extras. In fact, Hopper’s Airline Fees Calculator reveals that even for passengers requiring just carry-on baggage, Frontier is actually the fourth best option overall; beaten to the top by United, US Airways and Delta Air Lines, who don’t charge anything for luggage in the cabin.
After looking at over a million searches for seats on this route in the last four weeks, Hopper’s expert flight team have determined that the cheapest tickets possible between MCI and CUN come with a price tag of around $324. However, it’s worth remembering that they are rare indeed, with around just 10% of passengers enjoying that kind of reduction. Much more likely bargains will be around the $396 mark, which is still a whole lot cheaper than the upper limit of $603!