|July||Best time to beat the crowds (4% less expensive on average)|
|December||Most popular time to fly (4% more expensive on average)|
Average price of a return ticket
|$263||(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)|
Good deal for a return ticket
Virgin Australia, Hawaiian Airlines and Emirates have all waived their change and cancellation fees on flights from Mackay to Brisbane. Confirm policies on booking site.
Etihad Airways and Hawaiian Airlines do not allow booking a middle seat on flights from Mackay to Brisbane.
The average direct flight takes 1h 25m, covering a distance of 798 km.
There are 210 (direct) flights between Mackay and Brisbane per week, averaging 30 per day.
In the past 3 days, the cheapest return tickets were found on Jetstar ($162), Multiple Airlines ($242) and Qantas Airways ($290).
Virgin Australia (5 times daily), Etihad Airways (5 times daily), Qantas Airways (5 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
For Mackay to Brisbane, Tuesday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Thursday is the most expensive. Flying from Brisbane back to Mackay, the best deals are generally found on Tuesday, with Saturday being the most expensive.
When flying out of Mackay you will be using Mackay, often referred to as Mackay Airport. You will be landing at Brisbane, also known as Brisbane Airport.
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Cons: "Way cramped"
Pros: "Window seat on my own. Landed early."
Cons: "Direct flight to Melbourne."
Pros: "Got an aisle seat. Got all the meals. Overall a good flight."
Cons: "Tim Tams out for self service"
Pros: "The crew was nice, the movie selection was good."
Cons: "More space in seats"
Pros: "The service, comfort. Flight was 20 minutes early, our luggage came out quickly. This was the first flight for us on the dream airline in business. It was fantastic."
Cons: "Qantas always gives great service"
Pros: "Entertainment was very good. Crew was professional and efficient."
Cons: "The seat had no lower back support and was really uncomfortable."
Pros: "Had 3 seats to myself as plane wasn’t full."
Cons: "Long walk from connecting flights at LAX and incorrect gate number on schedule, necessitating even more walking. Exhausting before even getting on plane."
Cons: "Qantas is always delayed leaving"
Pros: "The staff are always so friendly, and even though we had to return to the airport due to a plane fault, the airline handled things very well. Loved free wifi"
Cons: "Qantas’ fleet is a bit sad and aged and needs to be a little bit more modern. I don’t think I’d chose to fly qantas if I had the choice... boarding is weird, almost half the plane has “priority” boarding and they board everyone together so there’s honestly no perk to being a premium airline member"
Cons: "Bigger seats, more room between the seets."
Pros: "The crew was very friendly and attentive. The entertainment options were excellent. The food and drink options were pretty good."
Cons: "Better power options (universal plugs/power)"
Pros: "All as expected."
Cons: "Crew could have been more pleasant."
Pros: "Staff were friendly"
Cons: "WiFi was intermittent and if Qantas is going to rely on us to bring the equipment then they better get the service reliability right. I don’t see ticket prices or wine quality improving by passing entertainment infrastructure on to us..."
Cons: "They didn’t leave my food. They took it away."
Cons: "Boarding wasn’t differentiated. Flight departure was delayed but they made up time en route."
Pros: "The braised beef dinner was excellent, the crew were really helpful and the entertainment good. Arrived early as well.Qantas seems to have great pilots as very little in the way of bumpiness on landing. So well done guys."
Cons: "Nothing much. I have long legs so it's hard to get comfortable enough to sleep."
Pros: "The service was really good"
Cons: "My bag was broken when it came off the plane so I wasn’t happy about that."
Pros: "Service fantastic"
Cons: "Food was a bit ordinary but on a short flight understandable"
Pros: "We eventually got to our destination safely although very stressed"
Cons: "The plane from Sydney to Brisbane was awful. The section where we were seated had a permanent cover over the windows, ours and others near us, over a large section. This was really claustrophobic. It was like being in a closed in tin can. It should be disclosed that the window seat is not a window seat so you have the option to change to somewhere else. The seats are really quite cramped. A huge delay"
Pros: "Boarding was very efficient and on time - flight was exceptionally smooth and arrival in Brisbane was 45 minutes early - keep up yjr good schedule"
Cons: "Not much to mention at this point - all good"
Pros: "Excellent seat comfort & entertainment options. Food was average."
Cons: "No vegetarian meal options"
Pros: "Qantas staff unfailingly helpful and courteous."
Cons: "A more suitable lunch that could be eaten more easily , the quiche in a fidley box and nothing to w eat it on was trying."
Pros: "They gave us food vouchers and snacks for our delayed flight. The choice of movies available was great. the flight attendants were nice."
Cons: "Our international flight was delayed by over 2 hours. When we called to rebook our connection flight from Brisbane to Cairns, the agent on the phone told us they were unable to help us. The online website also did not allow us to rebook. When we got to Brisbane, the only flight remaining for us was a flight 2hours later with connection. Also, the phone jack was so poor that half of the time you couldn’t hear the movie."
Pros: "Helpful staff, well informed"
Cons: "My family of 4 were not seated together even though all four tickets were purchased together in the same booking. After booking through KAYAK for flights, the on-line check-in process was a nightmare with the KAYAK booking number not matching the information required by QANTAS. As my children were all spread over the plane, and two son's look very similar, a hostess almost did not serve one of my son's a meal as she believed my son had already received a meal further forward in the plane. Thankfully, upon checking, the hostess realised that it was a case of mistaken identity."
Pros: "Pillow and blanket made the trip much for comfortable"
Cons: "There was no entertainment on board. There was provision for iPads in the backs of the seat, but none provided. There were drop down TVs but the audio was not working. Had I known in advance that this would be the case, I would have been able to prepare my own device and headphones."
Pros: "Complimentary Inflight drink and the effort from crew to accommodate English second language passengers in my row."
Cons: "I could not eat the food"
Pros: "Entertainment for the kids Healthy food The crew were great and interactive"
Cons: "Too much pressure for the ears"
Cons: "Qantas mucked up my seating and then tried to tell me maybe it was just my use of the booking system."
Pros: "Everything was great - arrived early. Excellent service."
Pros: "Overall good flight and staff nice and friendly"
Cons: "Nothing comes,to mind"
Cons: "An hour late"
Pros: "Great entertainment and new release movies. Food was great"
Cons: "The man in front kept jamming his chair into my knees just so he could get back as far as he could, despite the only thing stopping this was my actual legs, when I tried to explain that he got a little abusive. Iv got got some light bruising on my right knee. Food was better then expected and am happy to fly Qantas again"
Pros: "Staff were friendly, boarding was efficient, and in-flight service was unobtrusive."
Cons: "To be honest, I really wish Qantas would include Bejewelled in their games offerings."
Pros: "The flight was on time. Crew was pleasant."
Cons: "The food was terrible."
Cons: "Food, I cannot get an option to have a Cheese platter. The food has been prepared too far in advance and is tasteless and full or preservatives."
Cons: "The dinner meal was dried and pretty disappointing as was the media selection in coach vlass"
Pros: "Thank you Qantas I enjoyed the flight, the service was excellent. Cabin crews were friendly. Overall excellent."
Cons: "There is nothing that I dislike."
Pros: "Business class seats are private and allow for lay flat sleeping"
Cons: "Would have prefered to fly Emirates."
Pros: "They made it tolerable, and made us feel comfrotable on this 13.5 hr flight."
Cons: "Noisy conversations of people waiting to use the toilet."
Pros: "crew was great"
Cons: "my console didn’t have sound but other than that it was excellent"
Cons: "They do not offer any options to passengers who have allergies i.e Onion and Garlic"
Pros: "In flight crew"
Cons: "Disregard for chosen seats and unwillingness to reinstate them."
Pros: "Helpful service and comfortable seats"
Pros: "Long flight, lots food, good experience"
Cons: "Was in economy so it is what it is"
Cons: "Huge delays on check-in. System failures but also elderly people not knowing the check in process and causing further delays. People taking too much luggage inside the cabin. No food options for gluten free. No water served. Smooth flight though. Check-in staff at luggage short tempered."
Cons: "The food and drinks."
Cons: "There is no entertainment on VirginAustralia on a flight that is 7h long"
Pros: "Was just like any other plane trip"
Cons: "More substantial 'snack'"
Pros: "Staffs were very rude. They are not professional. Slow service.bad impression"
Pros: "Free WiFi and a snack of crackers and a dip."
Cons: "All good!"
Pros: "fast boarding"
Cons: "better movies"
Pros: "The seats were very comfortable and afforded plenty of leg room. I would recommend Virgin Australia"
Pros: "Food was unexpected and good, healthy"
Pros: "Comfortable seats, enough leg room, great staff"
Cons: "Rude loud family 3 rows back, kids noisy all night, parents talking above them"
Cons: "No in flight entertainment"
Cons: "WiFi didn't work and the movies were dubbed over"
Pros: "Smooth access and staff persona."
Pros: "Easy checkin online. Easy bag drop at airport. Staff friendly and helpful. Snack enjoyable."
Cons: "Typical seating, far too cramped. Person beside me encroached on my personal space throughout the flight. Thank goodness it was only a 2hr flight between Melbourne & Brisbane."
Cons: "Going Melbourne delayed nearly 1.5hour Back home Brisbane another nearly 1.5hour and gate change a few times Very very bad experience"
Pros: "arriving in Brisbane!"
Cons: "Delay as for some reason it appeared there was no knowledge of length of Dunedin runway. Plane old, not very clean. No entertainment and no food. Did not book a meal but felt that due to 3 hour delay there could have been a slice of bread, a bun, or something, on offer."
Pros: "Nothing !!!!!!!"
Cons: "Flight delayed 12 hours!!!!!! Baggage lost!!!! Entertainment system broken!!! Air con on plane warm and very stuffy on flight!!! Virgin is ruining my holiday!!! I will never fly with them again!!!!!!!"
Pros: "Absolutely nothing!!!!!"
Cons: "This airline sucks!!!!!!!!!!!! I will never fly them again!!!! 12 hr delay then they lost my bag!!!! Virgin you Ruined my trip!!! Then the entertainment system was broken and the air con was hot, the stuffiest flight of my life!!!!!"
Pros: "-Professional, clean. Staff seemed happy to be there. -Use of both front and rear boarding allows for faster departure."
Cons: "-Need clearer instructions or a crew member to direct passengers to front or back of plane. -In flight entertainment depends on predownload of an app."
Cons: "Flight cancelled, then booked by Virgin without consultation, onto a flight via Sydney that would take 6 1/2 hrs to get there, had to request another flight but still lost most of the day of my holiday, plus left with many phone calls re change of rental car, arrival , parking bookings, and no compensation and then stress when I got to the airport and was told that despite being "booked " on the much later flight, now I might not actually have a seat. I had to wait while attendant at counter tried to find seats and only watch as they were taken by someone else several times. So unnecessarily stressful and misleading. Lost my original seats, had to sit separate from my companion, and no real concern by Virgin about their impact on customers' plans. Last time I flew, the plane was cancelled, and we had to wait hours for another one in the terminal, so I missed the body corporate meeting that was the ONLY reason I was flying to Brisbane, paying for overnight accommodation and car rental and flight and I MISSED it. Huge cost for NOTHING, as despite driving straight to the meeting, it was just finishing. Whilst at the airport trying to fly home, I heard another Virgin flight cancelled , again due to "unscheduled maintenance". Seems that maintenance and mechanical problems are common and way more common than they should be. So that is a big worry!"
Pros: "The flight was good. On time. Friendly crew."
Cons: "Bag drop check in was terrible. So slow. Boarding wasn't efficient"
Pros: "Great boarding and efficient flight"
Cons: "The crew - unsmiling, unfriendly and seemed to hate their jobs. Food - meusli bar !"
Cons: "Virgin was responsible for our transfer and did very little to help their international travelers"
Pros: "I paid extra for the new Economy plus seats. Completely worth it and not too expensive. I always fly Virgin Australia to Los Angeles"
Cons: "Airplane food is never great but it's the best you can get."
Pros: "Service was great, aircraft okay"
Cons: "Would have liked a charging point on such a long flight."
Cons: "The food was a couple of cookies....There was no entertainment."
Pros: "Attentive crew"
Pros: "Overall good service"
Cons: "The crew"
Pros: "second time flying with Virgin. Had a great experience the first time so i choose specifically to fly with Virgin Australia knowing that it was going to be a long flight. I wanted the comfort and i knew i would have it with Virgin. they delivered, thank you Virgin."
Cons: "Needed more water runs."
Pros: "Crew was very nice and polite from LA to Brisbane. Comfortable seats from LA to Brisbane, if we did not end up sitting 4 of us in 3 seats due to some very thoughtful seating assignment of my family. Food was good, but less compared to Quantas."
Cons: "1. Unable to check in online, which created a problem with seating assignment of my family. By default we were supposed to be separated 2 and 2 members of family, sitting each group with a stranger, each in aisle seat... well thought through, but my 2 year old would not sit still 14 hours in the middle seat as he wanted to walk and go to play with his dad and brother... anyway, good job Virgin Australia. 2. No botlarfing tickets from LA to Brisbane were given to us by not so nice lady at the checking in NY. We ended up looking for Virgin Australia booth in LA, which delayed us so much that the plane was waiting for our boradibg... I was unable to even change diaper or get mild for my little son.3. Another frustrating situation was when the same "virgin America" representative in Newark forgot to put out Global Entry on our boarding tickets and we had to go through a regular check in. 4. The same Virgin america person asked us to repackage 6 suitcases due to 1.5 pound over weight, although looking at the scale, scale was giving a different weight the same suitcase when measured a few times after.... 5. You have to pay for food from Ny to LA. I did not expect it as my experience with quantas on the way from NY to Brisbane via LA was different."
Pros: "Easy bording process. Left early and smooth flight."
Pros: "The flight was very good."
Cons: "What I didn't like was having my flight changed from the original 7 pm to 5 hours earlier! It messed up our arrangements and meetings with others."
Pros: "Airplane was divided into separate sections which made the overall flight quieter than other airlines. The seat spaces were larger than other airlines making it possible to actually sleep. They gave us blankets, pillows and eye covers, unlike other airlines, and plenty of food. The quality of food was good, too. Overall for a 14 hour flight, an excellent experience."
Pros: "staff onboard the flight were helpful to mum, she said they were really nice"
Cons: "I booked this flight for my mum who has dementia. I was told o pick her up at the excess baggage area, where her walker would be and that she would be brought by staff there via wheelchair. After 45mins and no mum, I asked staff where she was. They said they were waiting for me at the gate as they didn't have enough staff to bring her, and I couldn't take her walker through security, so I had to go there and pick her up (passing 4 staff members with golf carts just sitting and waiting). luckily she wasn't distressed, but when I got to her, the man at the desk was then told over the radio tthat he could bring her down... poorly organised. Not the end of the world, because she was okay, but it could have been really upsetting for her otherwise."
Cons: "Everything. They required us to get a visa even though it WASN'T NECESSARY AT ALL! Which cost us around 100 usd. I want it reimbursement immediately."
Pros: "Quick 1hr 20min flight from Syd to BNE. SYD"
Cons: "Everything was good"
Pros: "The snack and OJ eere ok."
Cons: "Not picking my own seat, boarding from front AND rear is a nightmare, crew could care less! My seat was next to the bathroom (the front bathroom was unusable) so I had people hanging on my seat the entire flight...entertainment ap must be downloaded before flight! Not to mention we were an hour late due to weather even though every other flight was on time!"
Pros: "The checking-in in Perth domestic terminal was very fast. The flight was less uncomfortable than usual for the economy class."
Cons: "The lack of food options."
Pros: "Flight attendants recognized my discomfort, asked about pain. Gave me ice, pain medication and water for my toothache. Great job."
Cons: "The toothache."
Pros: "Like the corporate image & modern design of different facilities etc. The check-in was nice & smooth."
Cons: "No greeting or smile from crew staff (I think it's important as it shows welcoming)."
Pros: "The crew was pleasant, courteous and helpful."
Cons: "Would have liked a little more to eat, especially with the early rise to get to the airport in time. Qantas serves breakfast."
Cons: "rude check in staff poor safety issues no comms when diverted to another airport damaged luggage AGAIN..."
Cons: "Tried for over 40 mins to make an earlier flight - airline would. R change my ticker because of third party carrier .impossible to get through and change flight . This will make us go directly to airline - it was the same price"
Cons: "tiny spaces and people still pushing seat back"
Pros: "Liked that they boarded from front and back"
Cons: "Crying babies!"
Pros: "Staff were courteous. Plane was clean and on time. Luggage came off in a timely manner."
Cons: "Same entertainment choices to/from flights. Not very good up to date choices of films. Food was abominable. What happened to serving trays with an assortment of goodies? Food portion was incredibly small. On long flights across country it would be nice to have built in screens for movies."
Cons: "Airline lost our bags on way to Australia so we had to buy extra clothing and personal items while here. Then airline charges us $65 because our bags are overweight with the things we had to buy because of lost bags."
Cons: "Seating is not spacious. No free snacks or beverages. But the price was right!"
Pros: "crew was helpfull"
Cons: "me and my partner should have been seated together"
Pros: "In time take off. Early landing. Comfy seat"
Pros: "Boarding was easy"
Cons: "Been ontime"
Pros: "Plane was clean. Crew were professional. Ahead of schedule arrival."
Cons: "It's an economy airline, so it has the usual compromises on entertainment and refreshments."
Pros: "They charge extra for a seat, carryon bags, soda... most expensive carrier"
Pros: "All were very good."
Pros: "tons of leg room in emergency aisle + fast on/off loading of plane"
Cons: "weird boarding via bus that was kinda annoying"
Cons: "There're unoccupied rows, but still pack passenger together instead of offering the empty seats to couples."
Cons: "I informed I wouldn’t be taking the return flight and asked for a refund/voucher or anything.they said no refund; nothing.even had to pay more to put baggage on the flight out.Flight Got canceled 10pm night before, the best they could offer me was a flight two days later. Suddenly full refund availa"
Pros: "That l got sms messages regarding my flight details and where to collect my luggage!! Awesome"
Pros: "Quick boarding, friendly staff"
Cons: "No TVs very basic."
Pros: "Nothing, would not fly with jetstar again"
Cons: "The flight was delayed which caused us to miss the last shuttle bus for the car hire company - we had to catch a cab instead - luckily the car hire company reimbursed us for the cab fare, even though it wasn't their fault."
Cons: "The coffee"
Cons: "Staff rude..was very cold and we also dindt get any glass of water never use this company anymore"
Pros: "Very nice"
Cons: "Well I thought I was never going to see my family again as there was so much turbulence. At one time I thought the plane was going to tip over. I’m a regular traveler and have traveled the world but never encountered anything like this before. The weather seemed fine . There was no rain or thunder. So what could have caused so much turbulence?"
Pros: "Loved we departed on time & landed a little early"
Cons: "That we had to abort a landing & circle round to try again."
Pros: "Good smooth flight"
Cons: "Flight delayed getting away"
Pros: "We paid for extra legroom seats because we were so uncomfortable on the flight up to Cairns. It was worth the money to be comfortable. As it happens it was an older plane with more room anyway."
Cons: "Was disgusted that I had only a 6kg small carryon suitcase & a laptop in my handbag (6kg) and had my carryon taken off me & put on the next flight & not getting delivered until 10pm tonight!!! Plus had to pay $60 and buy some clothes to wear to event tonight as luggage won’t arrive in time. Will never fly Jetstar again!!!"
Pros: "Perfect landing!"
Pros: "On time - early even"
Cons: "Seats are just too cramped Timing is woeful. 2:30am flight to arrive at 6:30am is awful!"
Pros: "Most of the staff were supportive and caring and made me feel like nothing was too much to ask. The flight was on time."
Cons: "It was a flight we've done heaps before. It would be nice to have all luggage actually transferred through from Napier to Manchester as it's an added challenge when also carting babies around."
Pros: "Avalon is quiet, decent facilities"
Cons: "Should give water on the flight. Didn’t buy food didn’t use entertainment"
Cons: "Child behind sitting on floor banging seat and loud devices being used with no ear phones so couldn’t rest"
Pros: "I wasn’t able to select a seat and was assigned a middle seat, but the service desk agent at ADL moved me to an aisle seat without charge. Food was reasonable value and tasty, if cold (who refrigerates a muffin?!)"
Cons: "Usual Jetstar pain having to call to add extra luggage (qantas booking) and then curiously Jetstar telling me to ring qantas for an updated itinerary"
Cons: "5 people checked in but didn’t show up at the gate Which made for a late take off so when we landed in Brisbane I didn’t have enough time to even get food or exchange my money as I had planned. Which in the airline industry happens often I understand just crazy how many things went wrong that day."
Pros: "It was a quick flight, managed to leave 10min earlier than scheduled. Pretty smooth."
Cons: "Seats were very uncomfortable, felt very straight and no real headrest; even though it was a new plane. Quite a lot of families with young children flying, it was the last domestic flight out so expected it to be less children. It was a bit noisy at times."
Pros: "Friendliness of the staff."
Cons: "Lateness of flight"
Pros: "Very smooth flight and the best landing ever! did not feel or know we had touched down."
Pros: "Stormy weather made for a bumpy ride but that is no ones fault. Everything else as one would expect from a short flight"
Pros: "Got in slightly ahead of schedule."
Cons: "No lounge access, no complimentary snacks and drinks, miserable cabin crew, seating very very cramped in 3 3 3 config so not suitable for couples wanting a row to selves. Mosquito's flying round the plane. The pilot told us to "Rest in peace" at the beginning of the flight. Looking around at the passengers faces a better choice of words could have been used. Noise levels were terrible, couldn't hear the safety instructions because of the sound traveling around the aircraft.Luggage took a very long time to come off the plane."
Cons: "Not confortable seats"
Pros: "Excellent leg room in the dash 8 plane."
Cons: "1 star for entertainment and food because the flight is only 40 minutes!"
Cons: "Jetstar is a budget carrier so I do not begrudge the additional costs for food, baggage, etc. I do, however, continue to be disappointed with their poor customer service. The service desk had a long line, 4 service representatives ad only one representative service customers."
Pros: "Was a short flight"
Cons: "I paid nearly $900 for a trip to Brisbane return. found that it was not what I expected. There was no lounge access. The only food available had to be paid for. They gave no water. I had to pay $4 for a cup of tea. I had to deal with immigration because the flight was international to Bali. Checkin place hard to find because of international flight for domestic destination. Signs misleading. Staff not friendly. Just want money."
Cons: "Only one problem was the temperature was too warm during flight."
Pros: "Very capable crew flying in terrible conditions with high winds. Flights after our take off were suspended due to appalling weather."
Cons: "There's little to like. Extremely cramped conditions. Poor food and beverage. Avoid if you possibly can."
Cons: "Poor/no communication when flights were delayed, then cancelled, then delayed, then cancelled again! Resulted in waiting at the airport until after 12pm and very little of any sleep."
Cons: "Nil to report"
Pros: "Clean planes."
Cons: "Hidden last minute weight fees on carry ons. In our case an extra $360. This is apparently a common complaint. Terrible scam."
Cons: "How is it that a chair on a public train can be more comfortable than one I pay thousands to use"
Cons: "Customer service and Jetstar CANNOT be used in the same sentence. Flight cancelled by carrier no viable options offered by phone representative held on the telephone for over an hour whilst travelling to airport in an attempt to get a flight home. Holiday cut short, had to return rental car 1/2 day earlier than what had been paid for, lunch reservations had to be cancelled and no responsibility accepted by Jetstar representative. Well they have definitely lost me as a customer, none of the companies I own would treat a customer in such a manner we believe that we NEED customers to stay in business. Then to top it all off had a hour and a half travel time from Bne as opposed to half an hour from Coolangatta."
Pros: "Quick and easy boarding."
Cons: "No entertainment options."
Pros: "Boarding was very quick and efficient."
Cons: "No entertainment."
Cons: "I had to pay extra to replace my trip to Darwin"