The cheapest times to fly from DTW to MKY are

  • January 29th to March 25th
  • April 9th to June 3rd (except the week of May 14th)
  • August 6th to September 9th
  • October 15th to November 25th

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 DTW to MKY is early November. Prices can be as high as $5620 for Monday flights during mid December, or as low as $1744 for Tuesday flights around early November.


When to Fly to Mackay

Flying from Detroit, MI (DTW) to Mackay (MKY) will usually cost between $1851 to $3277 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early November with an average ticket price of $1919. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $3564. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1646 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $2021 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DTW to MKY flight.

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

DTW to MKY Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DTW to MKY flight is more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Detroit. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.14, 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. Mondays are the most expensive days to fly to Mackay, and Saturdays are the most expensive days to return to Detroit. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $231 (10%) 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 $1996. Return trip prices are from the MKY to DTW 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 DTW to MKY can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 17 hour 20 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 DTW to MKY while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Hamilton Island Airport (HTI) in Hamilton Island

  • 58 miles (93 km) away from MKY
  • Usually 1.04% less expensive than MKY
  • 2-layover flights available

See DTW to HTI flights


Flight Hacking DTW to MKY

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 DTW to MKY — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Brisbane (DTW > BNE > MKY)

  • Price for both tickets: $1609
  • Average savings: $412 (20.39%)

See DTW to BNE flights

Hack #2: San Jose, CA (DTW > SJC > MKY)

  • Price for both tickets: $1852
  • Average savings: $170 (8.39%)

See DTW to SJC flights

Hack #3: Chicago, IL (DTW > ORD > MKY)

  • Price for both tickets: $1946
  • Average savings: $76 (3.74%)

See DTW to ORD flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from DTW to MKY? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 8 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air New Zealand, China Eastern, Delta, Hawaiian, Qantas, United, Virgin Australia, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Mackay Airport to Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 9085 miles or 14621 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from DTW to MKY?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DTW to MKY flight is about 17 hour 20 minutes.

How many flights go between Detroit, MI and Mackay?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 15 available flights from DTW to MKY.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code DTW
Origination airport name Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport
City Detroit, MI
Country the United States
Latitude 42.2
Longitude -83.4

Return Airport

Destination code MKY
Destination airport name Mackay Airport
City Mackay
Country Australia
Latitude -21.2
Longitude 149.2


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