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Low Season:
January
Best time to beat the crowds
3%
expected price decrease
High Season:
March
Most popular time to fly
5%
expected price increase
Average Price:
$1197
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good Deal:
$1197
or less (round trip)

When to Book Flights from Des Moines to Los Angeles

Average price per month
Flight prices as travel date approaches
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Top tips for Finding a Cheap Flight

The cheapest flight from Des Moines to Los Angeles was found 42 days before departure, on average.
Book at least 3 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
High season is considered to be February, March and April. The cheapest month to fly is January.
Morning departure is around 14% cheaper 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?
An average nonstop flight takes 3h 33m, covering a distance of 1445 miles.
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 Frontier ($198) and Allegiant Air ($400)
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, Saturday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Friday is the most expensive. Flying from Los Angeles back to Des Moines, the best deals are generally found on Saturday, with Friday being the most expensive.

Book cheap flights from Des Moines to Los Angeles (round-trip)

Airports
Origin
Des Moines
$198
only
$198
Destination
Los Angeles
$198
only
$198
Sat, Apr 21
DSM
LAX
5h 53m
Tue, Apr 24
LAX
DSM
16h 03m
Trip: 4 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33885 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
MIA
ATL
Mediocre 3.6

The boarding went quickly and was well organized

That the price to take a small carryon was just as expensive as taking a large suitcase, ended up having to pay and extra $80 r/t for a small bag and I just that's standard for them. There were no barf bags in any seats, believe me everyone around us was looking as the person next to me was getting sick on the landing because it was crazy rough. When we finally were able to get an attendant over she was as rude as could be, I'm sure this sick person next to me was sorry she "inconvenienced" the crew member, if they just put bags in the seats pockets like every other airline this wouldn't have been an issue. The seats were very uncomfortable with no padding and not able to tilt. The tray tables were nonfunctional, too small and did not extend to get anywhere close enough to reach you. The plane ride itself felt like we were on a old school bus on a gravel road. I had a round trip ticket with frontier and both trips were equally as bad. I will never travel with them again, Most of us weren't even sure if we were going to survive take off with out the plan breaking or something.

LAX
DEN
Mediocre 2.0

Checking my luggage and then re-checking my luggage !!! Very annoying and very inconvenient. This is not passenger / customer friendly !!!

LAS
BNA
Mediocre 2.0

Checking my luggage and then re-checking my luggage !!! Very annoying and very inconvenient. This is not passenger / customer friendly !!!

DEN
ONT
Okay 4.0

The flight itself was fine

I used to love frontier but now everything from baggage policies to checking in feel like a huge hassle

MIA
CLE
Excellent 10.0

Funny flight crew who were very attentive and we made it back nearly 30 min early!

Nothing

Wed, May 2
DSM
LAX
16h 23m
Wed, May 9
LAX
DSM
6h 06m
Trip: 8 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33885 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
MIA
ATL
Mediocre 3.6

The boarding went quickly and was well organized

That the price to take a small carryon was just as expensive as taking a large suitcase, ended up having to pay and extra $80 r/t for a small bag and I just that's standard for them. There were no barf bags in any seats, believe me everyone around us was looking as the person next to me was getting sick on the landing because it was crazy rough. When we finally were able to get an attendant over she was as rude as could be, I'm sure this sick person next to me was sorry she "inconvenienced" the crew member, if they just put bags in the seats pockets like every other airline this wouldn't have been an issue. The seats were very uncomfortable with no padding and not able to tilt. The tray tables were nonfunctional, too small and did not extend to get anywhere close enough to reach you. The plane ride itself felt like we were on a old school bus on a gravel road. I had a round trip ticket with frontier and both trips were equally as bad. I will never travel with them again, Most of us weren't even sure if we were going to survive take off with out the plan breaking or something.

PHX
MKE
Okay 4.0

Nothing

Everything

ORD
DEN
Mediocre 2.0

The flight was delayed

MIA
CLE
Excellent 10.0

Funny flight crew who were very attentive and we made it back nearly 30 min early!

Nothing

LAS
MSN
Okay 5.6

Quick service

Expensive bags and small amount of room on the plane

Fri, Jul 6
DSM
LAX
3h 33m
Mon, Jul 9
LAX
DSM
3h 18m
Trip: 4 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 1164 reviews
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.9
Entertainment
5.8
Food
6.1
SFB
XNA
Good 6.3

It is hard to beat the price of tickets for this airline. I love the price; that the flights are direct & almost always on time; that the staff, from the flight attendants to ticket agents, all seem professional, helpful & friendly; and that the planes are clean and seats well cushioned & comfortable.

I don't like that the seats don't lean back & that they are very close together with little leg/knee room. Altho the base price for the flights is cheap, they charge for "extras", including making your reservation by phone instead of online, printing out your boarding pass &choosing your seat. There's a fee for carry on's as well as regular size luggage. If you don't prepay for your luggage or if your luggage weighs more than 40 lbs, they charge $50, instead of $25. They not only charge for food, but also for water or any beverage. If you are prepared for a no frills flight & are willing to sit separately from your travel companions, etc. then this is a great way to save time (direct flights) and money. I will choose to fly with them again, even tho My husband & I prob. won't get to sit together. If you know what to expect & plan for it, it is a great way to save.

LAX
TUL
Good 6.0

Cheap fare, nice crew, clean plane

Small seating, small snacks , extra charges for anything

LAX
TUL
Good 7.0

Availability at last minute was awesome, and the price was excellent. The direct flight was great too!

No frills... no peanuts!

MSY
PIE
Excellent 8.6

The beer

SWF
PGD
Excellent 10.0

Passengers were fun

Need entertainment

Wed, May 9
DSM
LAX
16h 23m
Fri, May 11
LAX
DSM
16h 08m
Trip: 3 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33885 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
PHX
MKE
Okay 4.0

Nothing

Everything

ORD
DEN
Mediocre 2.0

The flight was delayed

DEN
ONT
Okay 4.0

The flight itself was fine

I used to love frontier but now everything from baggage policies to checking in feel like a huge hassle

DEN
ORD
Excellent 10.0

We got there ahead of schedule

MIA
ATL
Mediocre 3.6

The boarding went quickly and was well organized

That the price to take a small carryon was just as expensive as taking a large suitcase, ended up having to pay and extra $80 r/t for a small bag and I just that's standard for them. There were no barf bags in any seats, believe me everyone around us was looking as the person next to me was getting sick on the landing because it was crazy rough. When we finally were able to get an attendant over she was as rude as could be, I'm sure this sick person next to me was sorry she "inconvenienced" the crew member, if they just put bags in the seats pockets like every other airline this wouldn't have been an issue. The seats were very uncomfortable with no padding and not able to tilt. The tray tables were nonfunctional, too small and did not extend to get anywhere close enough to reach you. The plane ride itself felt like we were on a old school bus on a gravel road. I had a round trip ticket with frontier and both trips were equally as bad. I will never travel with them again, Most of us weren't even sure if we were going to survive take off with out the plan breaking or something.

Tue, Mar 6
DSM
LAX
16h 50m
Sat, Mar 10
LAX
DSM
8h 58m
Trip: 5 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33885 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
MIA
CLE
Excellent 10.0

Funny flight crew who were very attentive and we made it back nearly 30 min early!

Nothing

PHX
MKE
Okay 4.0

Nothing

Everything

DEN
ORD
Excellent 10.0

We got there ahead of schedule

DEN
ONT
Okay 4.0

The flight itself was fine

I used to love frontier but now everything from baggage policies to checking in feel like a huge hassle

PHX
DEN
Okay 4.0

Crew was friendly

Late departure

Wed, Apr 11
DSM
LAX
16h 37m
Mon, Apr 16
LAX
DSM
5h 54m
Trip: 6 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33885 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
MIA
ATL
Mediocre 3.6

The boarding went quickly and was well organized

That the price to take a small carryon was just as expensive as taking a large suitcase, ended up having to pay and extra $80 r/t for a small bag and I just that's standard for them. There were no barf bags in any seats, believe me everyone around us was looking as the person next to me was getting sick on the landing because it was crazy rough. When we finally were able to get an attendant over she was as rude as could be, I'm sure this sick person next to me was sorry she "inconvenienced" the crew member, if they just put bags in the seats pockets like every other airline this wouldn't have been an issue. The seats were very uncomfortable with no padding and not able to tilt. The tray tables were nonfunctional, too small and did not extend to get anywhere close enough to reach you. The plane ride itself felt like we were on a old school bus on a gravel road. I had a round trip ticket with frontier and both trips were equally as bad. I will never travel with them again, Most of us weren't even sure if we were going to survive take off with out the plan breaking or something.

DEN
ONT
Okay 4.0

The flight itself was fine

I used to love frontier but now everything from baggage policies to checking in feel like a huge hassle

PHX
MKE
Okay 4.0

Nothing

Everything

LAS
MSN
Okay 5.6

Quick service

Expensive bags and small amount of room on the plane

PHX
DEN
Okay 4.0

Crew was friendly

Late departure

Mon, Jun 4
DSM
LAX
16h 23m
Wed, Jun 13
LAX
DSM
6h 06m
Trip: 10 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33885 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
ORD
DEN
Mediocre 2.0

The flight was delayed

PHX
MKE
Okay 4.0

Nothing

Everything

MIA
ATL
Mediocre 3.6

The boarding went quickly and was well organized

That the price to take a small carryon was just as expensive as taking a large suitcase, ended up having to pay and extra $80 r/t for a small bag and I just that's standard for them. There were no barf bags in any seats, believe me everyone around us was looking as the person next to me was getting sick on the landing because it was crazy rough. When we finally were able to get an attendant over she was as rude as could be, I'm sure this sick person next to me was sorry she "inconvenienced" the crew member, if they just put bags in the seats pockets like every other airline this wouldn't have been an issue. The seats were very uncomfortable with no padding and not able to tilt. The tray tables were nonfunctional, too small and did not extend to get anywhere close enough to reach you. The plane ride itself felt like we were on a old school bus on a gravel road. I had a round trip ticket with frontier and both trips were equally as bad. I will never travel with them again, Most of us weren't even sure if we were going to survive take off with out the plan breaking or something.

LAX
DEN
Mediocre 2.0

Checking my luggage and then re-checking my luggage !!! Very annoying and very inconvenient. This is not passenger / customer friendly !!!

LAS
MSN
Okay 5.6

Quick service

Expensive bags and small amount of room on the plane

Wed, Jun 6
DSM
LAX
16h 23m
Wed, Jun 13
LAX
DSM
6h 06m
Trip: 8 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33885 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
PHL
SJU
Good 6.0

boarding and treatment by staff wad excellent

$3 for a cup of coffee is outrageous.... other airlines at least include beverages and a snack (peanuts etc).

LAX
DEN
Mediocre 2.0

Checking my luggage and then re-checking my luggage !!! Very annoying and very inconvenient. This is not passenger / customer friendly !!!

DEN
LAS
Mediocre 2.0

Checking my luggage and then re-checking my luggage !!! Very annoying and very inconvenient. This is not passenger / customer friendly !!!

DEN
ORD
Excellent 10.0

We got there ahead of schedule

LAS
BNA
Mediocre 2.0

Checking my luggage and then re-checking my luggage !!! Very annoying and very inconvenient. This is not passenger / customer friendly !!!

Tue, Mar 27
DSM
LAX
16h 50m
Wed, Mar 28
LAX
DSM
15h 38m
Trip: 2 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33885 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
LAX
DEN
Mediocre 2.0

Checking my luggage and then re-checking my luggage !!! Very annoying and very inconvenient. This is not passenger / customer friendly !!!

DEN
LAS
Mediocre 2.0

Checking my luggage and then re-checking my luggage !!! Very annoying and very inconvenient. This is not passenger / customer friendly !!!

LAS
BNA
Mediocre 2.0

Checking my luggage and then re-checking my luggage !!! Very annoying and very inconvenient. This is not passenger / customer friendly !!!

DEN
ORD
Excellent 10.0

We got there ahead of schedule

LAS
MSN
Okay 5.6

Quick service

Expensive bags and small amount of room on the plane

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Des Moines to Los Angeles Flight Information

Avg. Flight Duration 3h 25m
Flights Arrive in Los Angeles
Flights Depart from Des Moines
Flight Price $198
Distance 1445 miles
Airlines Frontier, Allegiant Air
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