Cheap Flight Deals From Des Moines (DSM) to Washington (WAS) Starting at $84

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Airfares from $84 One Way, $168 Round Trip from Des Moines to Washington

Prices starting at $168 for return flights and $84 for one-way flights to Washington 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 Washington from Des Moines

Route Information for Flights from Des Moines to Washington

Origin Airport IATA Code DSM
Destination Airport IATA Code WAS
Distance 894 mi
Direct Flight Airlines American Airlines
Earliest Flight Arrival 3:20PM UTC
Latest Flight Arrival 10:01PM UTC

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.

Frequently asked questions

Am I able to catch a flight from Des Moines to Washington now?
Head to our Covid-19 Travel Advisor for the most useful information on travel restrictions and quarantine requirements when flying from Des Moines to Washington.
Are there non-stop flights from Des Moines to Washington?
Dig out your passport, because American Airlines will fly you directly from Des Moines to Washington. Book your plane ticket now and enjoy a stress-free, nonstop flight.
What is the shortest flight from Des Moines to Washington?
The fastest flight from Des Moines Intl. Airport (DSM) to DCA is 3 hours. Bring something on board to keep you occupied, like a fascinating read or some playing cards.
What airlines fly from Des Moines to Washington most frequently?
American Airlines offers the most services from Des Moines to Washington, with 60 flights per 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 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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