Cheap Flight Deals From Washington (WAS) to Des Moines (DSM) Starting at $100

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Airfares from $100 One Way, $188 Round Trip from Washington to Des Moines

Prices starting at $188 for return flights and $100 for one-way flights to Des Moines were the cheapest prices found within the past 7 days, for the period specified. Prices and availability are subject to change. Additional terms apply.

More About Flying To Des Moines from Washington

Route Information for Flights from Washington to Des Moines

Origin Airport IATA Code
Destination Airport IATA Code
894 mi
Direct Flight Airlines
American Airlines
Earliest Flight Arrival
5:03PM UTC
Latest Flight Arrival
3:22AM UTC

Fly from Washington, D.C., to Des Moines

There are many reasons to fly from the nation s capital to the capital of Iowa. Whether it is for business or pleasure, you ll enjoy your time in Des Moines. Des Moines offers a friendly and easy-paced destination with plenty to do. You can fly from Washington, D.C., to Des Moines in under three hours. Your trip starts at the Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) in northern Virginia. You can get to DCA off of Highway 1 or by taking a 15-minute ride on the Metro from the Capital.


A good place to start your exploration of the city is the state capital building. The spectacular architecture is topped off with its sparkling gold-leaf dome. The Des Moines Art Center has an impressive collection of contemporary art. Afterward, you may want to take a time out from your travels to rest at the PapaJohn Sculpture Park, which features acres of public art. Nearby is the Salisbury House, a beautiful 1920 mansion designated a national treasure. It is also a popular spot for performances in the evening.

Hints and tips

When you fly from Washington, D.C., to Des Moines, you ll land at the Des Moines International Airport (DSM). The airport lies on the south side of town about 20 minutes from downtown by car. Autumn offers visitors spectacular colors and cool city temperatures averaging in the high 50s. The Iowa State Fair in August is the biggest event in the state.

Frequently asked questions

Am I able to catch a flight from Washington to Des Moines now?
Go right to the Covid-19 Travel Advisor for the most useful information on quarantine and travel restrictions when flying from Washington to Des Moines.
Are there non-stop flights from Washington to Des Moines?
Dust off your passport, because American Airlines will fly you directly from Washington to Des Moines. Book your fare now and enjoy a hassle-free, nonstop flight.
What is the shortest flight from Washington to Des Moines?
The fastest flight from National Airport to Des Moines Intl. Airport is 3 hours and 8 minutes. Slip a few things into your hand luggage to keep you amused, like a gripping read or a sketch pad.
What airlines fly from Washington to Des Moines most frequently?
American Airlines is the most frequent airline servicing the Washington to Des Moines route. Select from 60 flights every month with this carrier.
If I am not able to travel due to COVID-19, can I cancel my flight to Des Moines?
We get that traveling right now has its challenges, so it’s good to know that many reservations booked through us are able to be cancelled or changed. If your travel plans to Des Moines have been affected by COVID-19, a lot of airlines are making things easier by offering credits to use at a later date. Just sign in to your account and you’ll quickly see what options are available. Our Customer Service Portal is the place to go for more information.
Are there flights to Des Moines with flexible change policies?
In most cases you’ll have the option to reschedule your flight to Des Moines without a change fee. All you have to do then is pay the difference between the old flight and the new one. Look for the “no change fees” filter and book with confidence.
What is the cheapest day of the week to fly?
Consider flying out early in the week to save on your airfare. Orbitz data from 2021 shows that Monday is the cheapest day to depart, followed by Tuesday. Saturday showed the highest average ticket prices likely because many travelers prefer to start their vacation on a weekend.
What is the cheapest month to fly?
We won’t keep you guessing, according to Orbitz data from 2021, the cheapest month to fly is February. Perfect for those who need a weekend getaway, or just a break from it all in the shortest month of the year. Be aware that the most expensive time to fly is during the height of summer in July, and in the holiday month of December.*According to flight demand on from January to December 2021. Savings are subject to change based on departure location, date and destination.

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