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Des Moines to Los Angeles Flight Information

Avg. Flight Duration 3h 26m
Flights Arrive in Los Angeles
Flights Depart from Des Moines
Flight Price $205
Distance 1,444 miles
Airlines Allegiant Air, Frontier, American Airlines, Delta

Good to Know

Low Season:
January
Best time to beat the crowds
2%
expected price decrease
High Season:
November
Most popular time to fly
9%
expected price increase
Average Price:
$269
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good Deal:
$187
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
-1 day
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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 $187 or less.
The cheapest flight from Des Moines to Los Angeles was found 45 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 4% 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?
An average nonstop flight takes 3h 31m, covering a distance of 1444 miles.
How many flights are there between Des Moines and Los Angeles?
There are 2 (nonstop) flights between Des Moines and Los Angeles per week, averaging 0 per day.
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 Allegiant Air ($205), Frontier ($246) and American Airlines ($306).
Do I need a passport to fly between Des Moines and Los Angeles?
No.
Which airlines fly most frequently between Des Moines and Los Angeles?
Allegiant Air (0 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
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 Thursday is the most expensive. Flying from Los Angeles back to Des Moines, the best deals are generally found on Friday, with Wednesday 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.

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

Airports
Origin
Des Moines
$205
only
$205
Destination
Los Angeles
$205
only
$205
Fri, Jul 5
DSM
Des Moines
LAX
Los Angeles
3h 31m
Mon, Jul 15
LAX
Los Angeles
DSM
Des Moines
3h 19m
Trip: 11 days
7.1GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.1 Good
Based on 1,540 reviews
Boarding
7.6
Comfort
7.0
Crew
8.0
Entertainment
6.0
Food
6.2
SYR
SFB
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: on time flight. Accurate info on app. Correct seat assignments

PGD
SWF
Excellent 9.0

Pros: The plane, the crew...

Cons: Seats wider

LAX
EUG
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Everything was done right

Cons: The landing was rough

AZA
BZN
Mediocre 3.2

Pros: I finally got home

Cons: We took off 3 hours late. No transparency about what the delay was or how long, they just kept stringing us along 30 minutes to an hour at a time.

EWR
TYS
Excellent 8.5

Pros: The crew was great. We left on time and arrived on time.

Cons: I wish water was free. That is the only thing I don't like. I understand it's a cheap airline so everything cost extra, which is fine. But come on, water should be free.

Sat, Aug 17
DSM
Des Moines
LAX
Los Angeles
7h 23m
Sun, Aug 18
LAX
Los Angeles
DSM
Des Moines
14h 42m
Trip: 2 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 37,779 reviews
Overall
6.0
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.6
Food
4.7
DFW
DEN
Good 6.6

Cons: Not charging for every single thing. Don’t like the smaller arm rest as it allowed even less space to keep the person next to me from touching me.

CVG
DEN
Excellent 9.5

Pros: Great first experience on Frontier

Cons: To know if water was free.

RDU
CLE
Excellent 8.0

Cons: N/A

DCA
DEN
Okay 5.0

Cons: Flight attendants were mediocre.. not very nice and did minimal to get service done

MCO
DFW
Mediocre 2.3

Pros: That it took me home!

Cons: Been on time

Sat, May 18
DSM
Des Moines
LAX
Los Angeles
10h 24m
Tue, May 28
LAX
Los Angeles
DSM
Des Moines
7h 56m
Trip: 11 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 38,882 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.2
Crew
7.9
Entertainment
6.8
Food
6.7
CZM
DFW
Okay 5.0

Pros: Crew was professional.

Cons: AA is rated next to last in being on time. It shows. Seats were uncomfortable. At least the interactive screen in the seat back worked well, and was informative.

SEA
ORD
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Attentive crew. Traveling with 2 seniors in their 80’s. Thank you.

Cons: Nothing. Perfect.

CLT
SMF
Excellent 8.0

Cons: The WiFi I was terrible other than that great flight

IAD
DFW
Good 6.0

Cons: Speaker volume was too high.

ATH
ORD
Excellent 9.0

Cons: The entertainment / announcement system has issues. The safety video was interrupted and segments repeated randomly.

Thu, Sep 12
DSM
Des Moines
LAX
Los Angeles
7h 14m
Sun, Sep 15
LAX
Los Angeles
DSM
Des Moines
6h 12m
Trip: 4 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 24,677 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
7.7
Food
7.5
AMS
JFK
Mediocre 3.6

Pros: Seat was uncomfortable and hard as a rock, confined and tight.

Cons: a new plane with more space and bigger seats, better service at T4 at arrivals, that place is a zoo

JFK
MSP
Excellent 10.0

Cons: Two bags delayed between JFK and MSP.

BKK
ICN
Excellent 8.6

Cons: Comfort plus seats on final leg did not appear to be different than main cabin

CVG
ATL
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Crew was great, just not very much room.

Cons: Larger seat room.

AMS
MSP
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Crew was great. Always attentive to needs of the passengers.

Cons: Can't really think of anything unless you can shorten the flight!?!

Fri, Jul 12
DSM
Des Moines
LAX
Los Angeles
3h 31m
Mon, Jul 15
LAX
Los Angeles
DSM
Des Moines
3h 19m
Trip: 4 days
7.1GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.1 Good
Based on 1,540 reviews
Boarding
7.6
Comfort
7.0
Crew
8.0
Entertainment
6.0
Food
6.2
CLE
JAX
Excellent 8.0

Pros: The crew was great. The flight arrived early and boarding was smooth. Seats were not that great. Would definitely fly with them again.

Cons: A free beverage and snack.

DAY
PIE
Excellent 10.0

Cons: Short flight

PGD
CVG
Excellent 8.5

Pros: They let us board early with two young kids

Cons: Everything is a la carte from food and drink to baggage

AZA
BZN
Mediocre 3.2

Pros: I finally got home

Cons: We took off 3 hours late. No transparency about what the delay was or how long, they just kept stringing us along 30 minutes to an hour at a time.

PGD
RDU
Excellent 9.5

Pros: Very efficient. You cannot beat the price. All I expected is to get there.

Cons: The plane was very clean and looked new, the seats were comfortable but did not recline. I missed that.

Mon, Jul 8
DSM
Des Moines
LAX
Los Angeles
3h 31m
Mon, Jul 15
LAX
Los Angeles
DSM
Des Moines
3h 19m
Trip: 8 days
7.1GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.1 Good
Based on 1,540 reviews
Boarding
7.6
Comfort
7.0
Crew
8.0
Entertainment
6.0
Food
6.2
CVG
PIE
Excellent 10.0

Pros: The captain was very good, and we arrived early to our destination. We had to hold back before landing, due to smaller planes landing, so the captain pointed out some areas along our path! Loved it! The flight was smooth.

Cons: We had to be in the boarding area an hour before the flight was scheduled to leave. However, because of the way that the flights are scheduled, people were still deplaning from the previous flight for 25 minutes after our gate arrival time.

SFB
IND
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Timely

Cons: Signs at the airport and terminal info

PIE
CVG
Excellent 9.5

Pros: Nice pilot and crew.

Cons: The warning about alcohol was a bit sarcastic, but I guess in today's world people who have acted out are the real culprits...

GRI
LAS
Okay 5.2

Cons: There was no way for us to add another bag after our seat placement. No one answered the phone for Alligent and the website didn’t work. It costs $20 extra to do this at the airport. Even though it was not our fault that there was no one answering phone calls (and no way to leave a message)

SFB
ABE
Good 6.5

Pros: Price and timeliness

Cons: Airline broke the stroller we had. That could have gone better.

Wed, Sep 25
DSM
Des Moines
LAX
Los Angeles
7h 24m
Wed, Oct 2
LAX
Los Angeles
DSM
Des Moines
5h 41m
Trip: 8 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 37,779 reviews
Overall
6.0
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.6
Food
4.7
RSW
PHL
Good 6.8

Pros: Frontier is well priced.

Cons: Frontier flights are rarely on time. The chairs are very uncomfortable, they feel like lawn chairs.

MSN
DEN
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: Ground staff not able to help with cancellations- no notification about the delay - please provide better training

DEN
BNA
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: Absolutely nothing!

Cons: Acted like a professional airline company!

LAX
DEN
Okay 4.6

Pros: We didn’t die

Cons: Leaving on time, and not charging for Everything

MCO
DEN
Excellent 9.0

Pros: quick and easy boarding and disembarking, great pricing

Cons: reclining seats

Mon, Jun 10
DSM
Des Moines
LAX
Los Angeles
3h 36m
Fri, Jun 14
LAX
Los Angeles
DSM
Des Moines
3h 19m
Trip: 5 days
7.1GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.1 Good
Based on 1,540 reviews
Boarding
7.6
Comfort
7.0
Crew
8.0
Entertainment
6.0
Food
6.2
FSD
SFB
Mediocre 3.3

Cons: Very uncomfortable

PGD
IND
Okay 5.5

Pros: Crew was good, quite friendly and helpful. Seats are a bit uncomfortable but what airline isn't.

Cons: Both flights of this trip were delayed over an hour with no explanation. Major impact was my transportation arrangements on the return were impacted and forced a rental expense.

PGD
SWF
Excellent 9.0

Pros: The plane, the crew...

Cons: Seats wider

FLL
SYR
Good 7.0

Cons: Seats were not comfortable

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.

Fri, Jun 14
DSM
Des Moines
LAX
Los Angeles
3h 36m
Mon, Jun 17
LAX
Los Angeles
DSM
Des Moines
3h 19m
Trip: 4 days
7.1GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.1 Good
Based on 1,540 reviews
Boarding
7.6
Comfort
7.0
Crew
8.0
Entertainment
6.0
Food
6.2
LAS
AUS
Excellent 9.0

Pros: Great fares even for last minute booking.

Cons: Services and comfort as expected for the price.

AUS
LAS
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Definitely the price. Fairly quick boarding process, just a little congested. Decent priced drinks.

Cons: Not the most comfortable seats, but there was no one next to me, so it was okay.

JAX
BLV
Excellent 8.0

Cons: Delayed due to weather

PGD
SWF
Excellent 9.0

Pros: The plane, the crew...

Cons: Seats wider

LAS
XNA
Excellent 9.0

Pros: The price of the ticket

Cons: Maybe to add WiFi

Thu, Oct 24
DSM
Des Moines
LAX
Los Angeles
7h 22m
Sun, Oct 27
LAX
Los Angeles
DSM
Des Moines
5h 40m
Trip: 4 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 24,677 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
7.7
Food
7.5
SDQ
ATL
Good 6.3

Pros: Put up at the marriot

HLN
SLC
Excellent 8.8

Pros: Crew were very good

Cons: Seat assignments should be assigned when we checked in. They weren't for the second leg. But, the seats are fine.

ATL
DUB
Okay 4.0

Cons: Seating was uncomfortable, tight space. Could barely move and i’m Not a large person.

MIA
MSP
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Amazing entertainment display and the boarding process is smooth.

MIA
ATL
Excellent 9.3

Pros: The cookies and soda was good and staff was exceptional. Instead of cheezits, chips would be better

Cons: Instead of cheezits, please upgrade to chips

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