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Fares from $97 One Way, $191 Round Trip from Des Moines to Washington

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Route Information for Flights from Des Moines to Washington

Origin Airport IATA CodeDSM
Destination Airport IATA CodeWAS
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Mar 16, 2020

Appreciated that our connecting flight was already rescheduled and ready to go for us when our first leg was late arriving at our connecting airport.

May 15, 2018

It would be nice if they served almonds or peanuts along with the cookie as I am gluten free; I can't eat cookie but I can eat nuts.

Mar 26, 2018

Love the direct flight

Fly from Des Moines to Washington DC

If you come from Des Moines and you are interested in an upfront and personalized journey through the footsteps of American history, then purchase a flight to Washington DC, the capital city of the U.S. and a leader in the preservation of the nation's history. When you fly from Des Moines to Washington DC, your flight will only take about two and a half hours. To reach Des Moines International Airport (DSM), you can take taxis, buses, hotel shuttles or you can drive yourself via Iowa Highway 5.


While visiting DC, you'll never be without a monument to see. Perhaps the most famous is the Lincoln Memorial, a large statue of the former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. Besides that, there are also the Washington Monument and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. If you so wish, you can go for a trip to see the White House or the United States Capitol building. For those interested in museums, there are the Smithsonian institutions, which include the National Museum of Natural History and the National Air and Space Museum.

Hints and tips

When you fly from Des Moines to Washington DC, you will arrive at Ronald Reagan Washington International Airport (DCA). It is advised that you purchase a seven-day pass for the city's metro. That way, you do not have to pay for every bus and subway trip you make, which will add up fast. Temperatures drop to the mid-20s in winter and reach the mid-80s in summer.

Flights from Des Moines to Washington - Frequently Asked Questions

Are there non-stop flights from Des Moines to Washington?

Yep, American Airlines flies nonstop from Des Moines to Washington, so you'll be starting your fantastic adventure before you know it.

What is the shortest flight from Des Moines to Washington?

Leave that movie marathon for another time, because the trip from Des Moines to Washington can be as quick as 2 hours and 15 minutes.

What airlines fly from Des Moines (and vicinity) to Washington (and vicinity) most frequently?

American Airlines operates the most services from Des Moines (and vicinity) to Washington (and vicinity), with 21 flights every month.

If I am not able to travel due to COVID-19, can I cancel my flight to Washington?

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 Washington 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 Washington with flexible change policies?

In most cases you'll have the option to reschedule your flight to Washington 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 2019 shows that Tuesday is the cheapest day to depart, followed by Monday. 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 the cheapest month to fly is February. Perfect for those who need a weekend getaway, or just a fresh start to the new year. Be aware that the most expensive time to fly isn't the height of summer, as most people assume, but the festive month of December.

How can I save money on flights?

To really save big on your next vacation, think outside the box. Select two different airlines or fare types for your return trip and you'll generally get a much better deal. Those who tried this on Orbitz in 2019 saved over 50% on their airfares. Get mixing and matching today!

*According to flight demand on from January to December 2019. Savings are subject to change based on departure location, date and destination.

^Savings based on all package bookings with Flight + Hotel made on from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019 as compared to the price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.