The cheapest times to fly from MSP to MCY are

  • January 22nd to March 4th (except the week of February 5th)
  • April 30th to May 20th (except the week of May 7th)
  • July 23rd to December 9th (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 MSP to MCY is early to mid September. Prices can be as high as $3986 for Tuesday flights during late December, or as low as $1337 for Saturday flights around early to mid September.


When to Fly to Sunshine Coast Regional

Flying from Minneapolis, MN (MSP) to Maroochydore (MCY) will usually cost between $1474 to $2942 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid September with an average ticket price of $1524. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $3633. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $2109 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1909 can be considered a good price for a round-trip MSP to MCY flight.

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

MSP to MCY Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the MSP to MCY flight is more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Minneapolis. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.14, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Saturday is usually the cheapest day to fly to MCY, and Wednesday the cheapest day to fly back into MSP. Tuesdays are the most expensive days to fly to Sunshine Coast Regional, and Thursdays are the most expensive days to return to Minneapolis. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $189 (9%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Saturday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1869. Return trip prices are from the MCY to MSP 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 MSP to MCY can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 16 hour 30 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 MSP to MCY while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Brisbane International Airport (BNE) in Brisbane

  • 54 miles (87 km) away from MCY
  • Usually 22.37% less expensive than MCY
  • 1-layover flights available

See MSP to BNE flights

Destination alternative #2: Gold Coast Airport (OOL) in Gold Coast

  • 111 miles (179 km) away from MCY
  • Usually 1.26% less expensive than MCY
  • 2-layover flights available

See MSP to OOL flights


Flight Hacking MSP to MCY

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 MSP to MCY — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Los Angeles, CA (MSP > LAX > MCY)

  • Price for both tickets: $1548
  • Average savings: $361 (18.91%)

See MSP to LAX flights

Hack #2: Sydney (MSP > SYD > MCY)

  • Price for both tickets: $1627
  • Average savings: $283 (14.8%)

See MSP to SYD flights

Hack #3: Melbourne (MSP > MEL > MCY)

  • Price for both tickets: $1753
  • Average savings: $157 (8.2%)

See MSP to MEL flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from MSP to MCY? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 8 major airlines flying this route most often: Air New Zealand, Alaska, American, Delta, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, United, Virgin Australia, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Sunshine Coast Airport to Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 8620 miles or 13873 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from MSP to MCY?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop MSP to MCY flight is about 16 hour 30 minutes.

How many flights go between Minneapolis, MN and Maroochydore?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 17 available flights from MSP to MCY.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code MSP
Origination airport name Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport
City Minneapolis, MN
Country the United States
Latitude 44.9
Longitude -93.2

Return Airport

Destination code MCY
Destination airport name Sunshine Coast Airport
City Maroochydore
Country Australia
Latitude -26.6
Longitude 153.1


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