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Des Moines to Los Angeles Flight Information

Avg. Flight Duration 3h 27m
Flights Arrive in Los Angeles
Flights Depart from Des Moines
Flight Price $214
Distance 1,444 miles
Airlines American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta, Allegiant Air, Frontier

Good to Know

Low Season:
January
Best time to beat the crowds
2%
expected price decrease
High Season:
November
Most popular time to fly
7%
expected price increase
Average Price:
$285
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good Deal:
$233
or less (round trip)

When to Book Flights from Des Moines to Los Angeles

Estimated round-trip price
Average price per month
Flight prices as travel date approaches
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Top Tips for Finding a Cheap Flight

Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $232 or less.
The cheapest flight from Des Moines to Los Angeles was found 46 days before departure, on average.
Book at least 2 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
High season is considered to be October, November and December. The cheapest month to fly is January.
Morning departure is around 6% more expensive than an evening flight, on average*.
*Average of the lowest prices shown in KAYAK’s search results for departures within the next 30 days

FAQs for Booking Des Moines to Los Angeles Flights

How long does a flight from Des Moines to Los Angeles take?
There are no direct flights for this route listed on KAYAK, the shortest multi-flight duration is 3h 36m.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from Des Moines to Los Angeles?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest round-trip tickets were found on American Airlines ($214), United Airlines ($214) and Delta ($214).
Do I need a passport to fly between Des Moines and Los Angeles?
No.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly Des Moines to Los Angeles?
For Des Moines to Los Angeles, Friday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Saturday is the most expensive. Flying from Los Angeles back to Des Moines, the best deals are generally found on Tuesday, with Monday being the most expensive.
Which airports will I be using when flying from Des Moines to Los Angeles?
When flying out of Des Moines you will be using Des Moines, often referred to as Des Moines Airport. You will be landing at Los Angeles, also known as Los Angeles Airport.

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Airports
Origin
Des Moines
$214
only
$214
Destination
Los Angeles
$214
only
$214
Fri, Mar 29
DSM
Des Moines
LAX
Los Angeles
6h 34m
Tue, Apr 2
LAX
Los Angeles
DSM
Des Moines
7h 53m
Trip: 5 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 37,736 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.2
Crew
7.9
Entertainment
6.8
Food
6.7
BNA
DFW
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: Nothing-never made it.

Cons: 3 flight cancellations.

ATL
DFW
Okay 4.8

Pros: The flight crew were very good.

Cons: We arrived late in Dallas, due to weather. Our flight to LA had already locked the door, the lady working the desk when we got there, said we had missed the flight and walked off. Two more ladies came to the counter, but would not help us, finally a fourth lady came and helped us.

LAX
LHR
Excellent 8.3

Cons: We had a good trip

LGA
MIA
Okay 4.3

Cons: The gate agents were rude. So happy with their ‘power’ over passengers who are loaded like cattle onto the plane. They barked at every other passenger that their carry on bag was too big and wouldn’t even listen to train when bags would fit into the size checking stand.

LGA
DFW
Okay 5.2

Cons: Entertainment system for myself and my wife failed after an hour.

Tue, Apr 2
DSM
Des Moines
LAX
Los Angeles
9h 11m
Fri, Apr 5
LAX
Los Angeles
DSM
Des Moines
8h 25m
Trip: 4 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 62,467 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
YOW
ORD
Okay 5.6

Pros: The crew was friendly and helpful.

Cons: Better snacks would be nice, and there was no entertainment available, even for personal devices.

DEN
PHL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Attendants were wonderful!

Cons: Baggage claim time - but that's a Philly issue.

IAH
OKC
Okay 5.2

Cons: Flight crew did nothing ..... nothing!

SFO
SEA
Good 7.0

Pros: united is united

SFO
EWR
Excellent 9.0

Pros: Nice and courteous crew

Cons: Better on increased International viewing options.

Wed, May 8
DSM
Des Moines
LAX
Los Angeles
8h 39m
Mon, May 13
LAX
Los Angeles
DSM
Des Moines
8h 51m
Trip: 6 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 23,477 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
7.7
Food
7.5
PBI
ATL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Crew was great.

ATL
MKE
Good 7.3

Cons: Baggage

OAK
SLC
Excellent 10.0

Cons: Everything was excellent.

SEA
SAN
Excellent 10.0

Pros: It was a nice flight. No troubles

Cons: Nothing

BDL
ATL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Delta’s crew is always the best. On schedule

Cons: This was a 2 hour flight, some entertainment would be nice...

Fri, Jun 7
DSM
Des Moines
LAX
Los Angeles
3h 36m
Mon, Jun 10
LAX
Los Angeles
DSM
Des Moines
3h 19m
Trip: 4 days
7.1GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.1 Good
Based on 1,463 reviews
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
6.9
Crew
8.0
Entertainment
5.9
Food
6.2
LAS
CVG
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: For exception of price there is nothing I liked about

Cons: Uncooperative ground crew App doesn't work if you are not from the US

PIE
BMI
Excellent 8.4

Cons: PIE airport does not have a lane for TSA pre-check so be prepared to wait in the long security lines with everyone else.

SGF
LAX
Okay 4.0

Pros: Cost of flight

Cons: Extra charges for everything! Couldn’t even get a cup of water.

BWI
VPS
Okay 5.6

Cons: Squished and smelly but good value overall and good crew

FNT
PIE
Excellent 9.0

Pros: Arrived ahead of schedule.

Cons: Airbus seats are as uncomfortable as school bus seats.

Sat, May 4
DSM
Des Moines
LAX
Los Angeles
5h 16m
Mon, May 6
LAX
Los Angeles
DSM
Des Moines
9h 19m
Trip: 3 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 62,467 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
SFO
EWR
Excellent 9.0

Pros: Nice and courteous crew

Cons: Better on increased International viewing options.

PDX
IAH
Good 7.2

Cons: Nothing extra but great crew. The seats on the new plane barely recline so that’s a bit annoying but overall a good experience for an airline that doesn’t have the best reputation

NRT
ORD
Good 7.6

Pros: Seats were comfortable

Cons: One flight attendant a little short with customers or maybe just dry humor, hard to tell. My daughter did not want to talk to him entire trip because of earlier altercation. It would be great if United could put in foot rests in economy and economy.

CLE
DCA
Mediocre 3.6

Cons: Crew was late. Delayed the flight by 45 minutes.

IAH
OKC
Okay 5.2

Cons: Flight crew did nothing ..... nothing!

Thu, Sep 12
DSM
Des Moines
LAX
Los Angeles
7h 31m
Mon, Sep 16
LAX
Los Angeles
DSM
Des Moines
7h 42m
Trip: 5 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 23,477 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
7.7
Food
7.5
YYZ
ATL
Excellent 9.6

Pros: I liked the touch screen displays in each headrest. Seats and leg room comfortable

Cons: Boarding was somewhat unorganized

RDU
ATL
Good 6.0

Pros: The seats were awful .how many can squeeze in. .horrible

Cons: Room to breathe, move a little

ATL
MKE
Good 7.3

Cons: Baggage

JFK
SAN
Good 6.0

Pros: Very professional crew.

Cons: The plane was delayed 1 and a half hours getting out of the gate because of a malfunctioning fuel gauge

ORD
SEA
Excellent 8.6

Pros: Jeff was our flight attendant in first class. He is an excellent flight attendant. He has an amazing attitude and his manner made us feel as if we had been friends with him for years.

Cons: Passengers who pay retail for first class on domestic flights should get access to the Delta lounges even without the AE card. Other airlines do this, and we have come to expect it.

Wed, Sep 25
DSM
Des Moines
LAX
Los Angeles
7h 17m
Sat, Sep 28
LAX
Los Angeles
DSM
Des Moines
7h 12m
Trip: 4 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 62,467 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
RIC
ORD
Excellent 9.2

Pros: ANA Chicago to Tokyo was so awesome. Crew is super courteous and polite. Food is good even economy class. Good headphones were already in front of the seats. ANA is the one that you want to fly!

MRY
SFO
Good 6.0

Pros: Safety of the flight, the route

Cons: The remote for the AV was so torn. I coukdnt even use it

IAD
ZRH
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: If the flight had not been cancelled!

EWR
ZRH
Mediocre 3.0

Cons: 1.5 delay and no help offered to make my connection and not miss it.

IAD
LHR
Okay 4.0

Cons: Wholly inaccurate and frankly FALSE information about baggage policies and seating. This was advertised and linked to the baggage policy of Austrian Airlines. I learned at the airport that I would be charged for bags, by United. I am inclined to never use Kayak, Austrian, or United ever again.

Fri, Jun 21
DSM
Des Moines
LAX
Los Angeles
3h 36m
Fri, Jun 28
LAX
Los Angeles
DSM
Des Moines
3h 19m
Trip: 8 days
7.1GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.1 Good
Based on 1,463 reviews
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
6.9
Crew
8.0
Entertainment
5.9
Food
6.2
MSY
RDU
Good 6.6

Pros: Efficient, direct flight, outstanding price, quick boarding, left late but arrived on time

Cons: Nothing. I did not try food or entertainment on this flight.

IAG
SFB
Excellent 8.5

Pros: The staff were friendly and helpful and boarded us in an orderly manner.

Cons: Staff are part time employees and do not arrive to check in counter until 1.5 hours before flight. When flying out of this airport you do not need to arrive 2 hours early.

PIE
BMI
Excellent 8.4

Cons: PIE airport does not have a lane for TSA pre-check so be prepared to wait in the long security lines with everyone else.

LAX
GJT
Good 6.0

Cons: I dislike their pricing structure.

LAS
OAK
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: Be on time, 3 hour delay.

Sat, Apr 6
DSM
Des Moines
LAX
Los Angeles
9h 09m
Mon, Apr 8
LAX
Los Angeles
DSM
Des Moines
5h 41m
Trip: 3 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 23,477 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
7.7
Food
7.5
DAB
ATL
Good 6.6

Cons: Didn't I could pick my seat. I was assigned my seat. I like window seats. Either leg of the trip was a window seat.

BDL
ATL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Delta’s crew is always the best. On schedule

Cons: This was a 2 hour flight, some entertainment would be nice...

PWM
ATL
Excellent 9.2

Pros: Flight attendants were very friendly.

SJD
ATL
Excellent 8.3

Pros: The crew very nice and helpful

CDG
MSP
Excellent 10.0

Pros: The care and good food was much appreciated. There were plenty of excellent movies to watch to make the time pass in an enjoyable way.

Thu, Aug 1
DSM
Des Moines
LAX
Los Angeles
6h 57m
Mon, Aug 5
LAX
Los Angeles
DSM
Des Moines
5h 32m
Trip: 5 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 23,477 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
7.7
Food
7.5
RDU
LGA
Good 6.0

Cons: Too much delay - departure was planned on March 15 @ 7 pm and take off happened on March 16 @ 12pm - a complete failure!!!!

SJU
JFK
Good 6.0

Cons: Was refused to use the 1st clas restrooms but 10 minutes layer the flight attendant allowed an older gentleman and a lady to use them. I was in 10A with my service dog

MCO
LGA
Excellent 9.6

Pros: Accurate arrival time

BIL
MSP
Excellent 9.6

Pros: The crew was helpful and seemed genuinely nice. The seats felt a little narrow

JFK
MEX
Excellent 10.0

Pros: The flight was on time at departure and 30 minutes on arrival.

Cons: Since I got a good deal on the ticket, my boarding zone was “Basic”. That kind of sucked, but I still could fit bag in the airplane so it all worked out

Wed, Jul 3
DSM
Des Moines
LAX
Los Angeles
5h 18m
Mon, Jul 8
LAX
Los Angeles
DSM
Des Moines
3h 19m
Trip: 6 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 62,467 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
ORD
FRA
Good 6.0

Pros: Crew was nice; not out of their way, though.

Cons: Food, movies, space

ORD
SFO
Okay 4.0

Cons: Flight departed late

MBJ
EWR
Good 6.0

Cons: Ground crew and in Jamaica was horrible. They asked me if I have flew United before when I asked her a question.

EWR
MUC
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Crew was friendly, food was delicious and flight was nice and smooth!

ZRH
EWR
Excellent 9.3

Pros: It was a united operated flight with a united airplane and crew. Seats and space were much more comfortable.

Cons: Better food options, better quality snacks.

Tue, Jun 4
DSM
Des Moines
LAX
Los Angeles
8h 51m
Mon, Jun 10
LAX
Los Angeles
DSM
Des Moines
9h 20m
Trip: 7 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 23,477 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
7.7
Food
7.5
CDG
MSP
Excellent 10.0

Pros: The care and good food was much appreciated. There were plenty of excellent movies to watch to make the time pass in an enjoyable way.

MSN
LGA
Excellent 9.0

Pros: Flight was very late- about 45 minutes because of some problem with the "paperwork" they said. It was a beautiful day and the crew was ready to go, but we all sat for a long time before being allowed to leave Madison. It's especially bad when we've all made ourselves arrive at 5am for a 6am flight

Cons: on time departure

ATL
MKE
Good 7.3

Cons: Baggage

SJU
JFK
Good 6.0

Cons: Was refused to use the 1st clas restrooms but 10 minutes layer the flight attendant allowed an older gentleman and a lady to use them. I was in 10A with my service dog

DEN
ATL
Good 6.3

Cons: Have rhe right to carry at least one luggage per person at no cost. Besides carry on and personal item. Tickets prices and luggage costs are extremely expensive.

Sat, Jun 29
DSM
Des Moines
LAX
Los Angeles
7h 15m
Fri, Jul 5
LAX
Los Angeles
DSM
Des Moines
14h 50m
Trip: 7 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 37,387 reviews
Overall
6.0
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.6
Food
4.7
DSM
PHX
Okay 5.6

Pros: The staff was excellent and the boarding process was quick and smooth. While the flight was delayed, staff really did a great job moving everyone along quickly and safely.

Cons: This was my first time flying Frontier. The flight was 2 and 1/2 hours delayed. While the boarding process was quick, the delay really put a damper on the flight. Seats were very uncomfortabe and seemed smaller than other airlines I have traveled more frequently. The carpet had gum all over it.

LAS
JAX
Excellent 9.0

Pros: Staff was good.

Cons: No room to move.

TPA
DEN
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Everything. Frontier only gave me a food voucher and $75 for a future flight (which I will never use cause I will never fly with frontier again) for a 5 hour delay.

SNA
DEN
Excellent 8.5

Pros: We flew on a newer plane which lead for a comfortable flight. Acceleration was smooth, no jerk. Overall turbulence was minimal.

Cons: Flight was delayed. On time departure would have been ideal but thankfully the delay was minimal.

MCO
ORD
Mediocre 3.3

Cons: 3 1/2 hour delay. It wasnt due to weather because they started notifying us 10 hours before the flight that it was going to be delayed.. Got home at 5:30 am, had to get up for work at 6:30 am. Would really like 3.5 hours of sleep back.

Sat, Mar 23
DSM
Des Moines
LAX
Los Angeles
8h 01m
Sat, Mar 30
LAX
Los Angeles
DSM
Des Moines
8h 42m
Trip: 8 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 23,477 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
7.7
Food
7.5
ATL
SJO
Excellent 9.6

Pros: Amazing crew, on time, decent coffee, plenty of drinks

Cons: The drinks cart was a little slow...

SYR
DTW
Okay 5.6

Cons: Our brand new stroller was damaged on our flight.

LAX
AMS
Good 6.3

Pros: The crew did their job. Some attendants were very kind, helpful.

Cons: Food could be better. Old aircraft, old style seats. Other airlines have improved this very, very much. Delta is lagging behind.

IAD
MSP
Good 7.6

Pros:

Cons:

ORD
SEA
Excellent 8.6

Pros: Jeff was our flight attendant in first class. He is an excellent flight attendant. He has an amazing attitude and his manner made us feel as if we had been friends with him for years.

Cons: Passengers who pay retail for first class on domestic flights should get access to the Delta lounges even without the AE card. Other airlines do this, and we have come to expect it.

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