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Low Season:
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High Season:
December
Most popular time to fly
3%
expected price increase
Average Price:
$460
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good Deal:
$354
or less (round trip)

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The cheapest flight from Des Moines to Sacramento Intl was found 69 days before departure, on average.
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FAQs for Booking Des Moines to Sacramento Intl Flights

How long does a flight from Des Moines to Sacramento Intl take?
An average nonstop flight takes 5h 38m, covering a distance of 1483 miles.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from Des Moines to Sacramento Intl?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest round-trip tickets were found on Multiple Airlines ($264), American Airlines ($265) and Delta ($274).
Do I need a passport to fly between Des Moines and Sacramento Intl?
No.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly Des Moines to Sacramento Intl?
For Des Moines to Sacramento Intl, Tuesday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Friday is the most expensive. Flying from Sacramento Intl back to Des Moines, the best deals are generally found on Wednesday, with Tuesday being the most expensive.

Book cheap flights from Des Moines to Sacramento Intl (round-trip)

Airports
Origin
Des Moines
$264
only
$264
Destination
Sacramento
$264
only
$264
Tue, Apr 10
DSM
SMF
5h 40m
Wed, May 2
SMF
DSM
6h 19m
Trip: 23 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, Mar 28
DSM
SMF
6h 43m
Tue, Apr 10
SMF
DSM
6h 19m
Trip: 14 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 28211 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.7
DFW
SAN
Okay 5.3

Direct flight from desired origin to destination Boarding by zones

Uncomfortable, small, seat space with inadequate legroom. Lack of personal entertainment options. Paid extra for earlier boarding group which only benefited me by about 5 people. (NOT WORTH IT!) Lack of complimentary food options. (Pay for everything)

PHX
GEG
Good 7.3

The crew was friendly and informative. They were very helpful. The

The seats were uncomfortable. They were hard and so narrow I had to sit crooked in the seat to keep from getting banged into by the service carts and every person going by to the bathrooms. I'm not tiny, but I'm not huge either, it was just overcrowded. It was also very hot in the airplane the entire way from Phoenix to Spokane. My husband, who is always cold, was even hot.

ORD
CLT
Mediocre 3.0

Three hours delay. I paid for a upgrade to first class. But because of the flight change i didn't get to keep my upgrade and I had to beg for a refund. I have had two trips in the past 5 days and all flights have been anywhere from 1 to 3 hours late. Worst experience with AA I have had in a long time.

PHL
YYZ
Good 6.0

On time

Small seats

DFW
FLL
Excellent 8.0

No issues at all

N/A

Mon, Apr 9
DSM
SMF
8h 17m
Wed, Apr 18
SMF
DSM
4h 55m
Trip: 10 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 16027 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.4
BOS
ATL
Okay 4.0

Comfort Plus allowed us to board early, useful USB ports.

ATL
MEX
Excellent 10.0

Flight was on time, crew was friendly, plane was clean, and boarding was painless and efficient. Food was served which was a huge plus. I appreciate having a choice of almonds for a snack.

ECP
ATL
Excellent 9.6

We have been on 6 flights over the last 8 days, all with Delta and we have already started telling people how wonderful the service was. Sherry on this last flight was amazing, working so hard all by herself as our flight attendant. We were very impressed. And the pilots all came out to say goodbye and thank you. All very nice...esp for me who needed some wheelchair assistance. We will certainly fly with you again in the future.

Smaller plane but ok for short flight

DTW
MEX
Excellent 8.3

Even though I was disappointed by not being able to get the boarding passes from Delta for Aeromexico’s connecting flight to Bogota, I had an agent greet me after customs in Mexico to issue the boarding pass so I could use the transfer flight line. Excellent service throughout the entire trip.

Confusion over my boarding pass at the Delta terminal in Detroit.

BOS
JFK
Excellent 9.3

The volume controls on the tv we’re pretty poor. Was either too loud or too soft with only 5-6 volume settings.

Thu, Apr 5
DSM
SMF
5h 55m
Mon, Apr 9
SMF
DSM
7h 27m
Trip: 5 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 54591 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
IAH
CUN
Mediocre 2.0

poor service, rude flight attendants, no leg room, dirty plane...

poor service, rude flight attendants, no leg room, dirty plane...

FSD
DEN
Mediocre 2.0

Friendly crew.

Stuck in Denver because our flight was delayed so we missed our connection to Houston. Couldn’t get a hotel voucher because they are claiming a weather delay (which there was none).

LAX
LHR
Excellent 10.0

United Airlines team and the plaine were brilliant.

DFW
ORD
Excellent 10.0

I LIKE THE SERVICE ON BORD OF THE PLANE

NOTHING

DEN
LAX
Okay 5.0

Great crew and process

For the fare, the leg room is not enough for average 6'0 person to be comfortable for longer than an hour.

Wed, Apr 11
DSM
SMF
5h 40m
Wed, May 2
SMF
DSM
6h 19m
Trip: 22 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, Apr 10
DSM
SMF
6h 26m
Sat, Apr 14
SMF
DSM
5h 03m
Trip: 5 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 28211 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.7
JAX
DFW
Excellent 8.6

Polite. Clean. Nice business class.

Would like more Western food.

LHR
ORD
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing really. I will never book from Kayak ever

Everything

LIM
SAL
Mediocre 2.0

Tiny airplane. We had a delay of 2 hours.

ORD
CLT
Mediocre 3.0

Three hours delay. I paid for a upgrade to first class. But because of the flight change i didn't get to keep my upgrade and I had to beg for a refund. I have had two trips in the past 5 days and all flights have been anywhere from 1 to 3 hours late. Worst experience with AA I have had in a long time.

PHX
GEG
Good 7.3

The crew was friendly and informative. They were very helpful. The

The seats were uncomfortable. They were hard and so narrow I had to sit crooked in the seat to keep from getting banged into by the service carts and every person going by to the bathrooms. I'm not tiny, but I'm not huge either, it was just overcrowded. It was also very hot in the airplane the entire way from Phoenix to Spokane. My husband, who is always cold, was even hot.

Sat, Apr 28
DSM
SMF
8h 17m
Mon, Apr 30
SMF
DSM
14h 11m
Trip: 3 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 16027 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.4
MSP
CUN
Mediocre 2.0

nothing

They lost my luggage.

ATL
MEX
Excellent 10.0

Flight was on time, crew was friendly, plane was clean, and boarding was painless and efficient. Food was served which was a huge plus. I appreciate having a choice of almonds for a snack.

DTW
MEX
Excellent 8.3

Even though I was disappointed by not being able to get the boarding passes from Delta for Aeromexico’s connecting flight to Bogota, I had an agent greet me after customs in Mexico to issue the boarding pass so I could use the transfer flight line. Excellent service throughout the entire trip.

Confusion over my boarding pass at the Delta terminal in Detroit.

DTW
YOW
Excellent 9.3

Please see above. Sherry was amazing

Plane was small and older but it was a short flight

ATL
DTW
Excellent 10.0

Pls see above

Sat, Apr 14
DSM
SMF
5h 40m
Wed, May 2
SMF
DSM
8h 35m
Trip: 19 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Thu, Apr 12
DSM
SMF
8h 59m
Wed, May 2
SMF
DSM
6h 19m
Trip: 21 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 28211 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.7
JAX
DFW
Excellent 8.6

Polite. Clean. Nice business class.

Would like more Western food.

PHL
YYZ
Good 6.0

On time

Small seats

ORD
CLT
Mediocre 3.0

Three hours delay. I paid for a upgrade to first class. But because of the flight change i didn't get to keep my upgrade and I had to beg for a refund. I have had two trips in the past 5 days and all flights have been anywhere from 1 to 3 hours late. Worst experience with AA I have had in a long time.

SJU
MIA
Excellent 9.3

New onboard entertainment

DFW
FLL
Excellent 8.0

No issues at all

N/A

Wed, Apr 11
DSM
SMF
14h 34m
Mon, Apr 16
SMF
DSM
14h 11m
Trip: 6 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 16027 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.4
DTW
MEX
Excellent 8.3

Even though I was disappointed by not being able to get the boarding passes from Delta for Aeromexico’s connecting flight to Bogota, I had an agent greet me after customs in Mexico to issue the boarding pass so I could use the transfer flight line. Excellent service throughout the entire trip.

Confusion over my boarding pass at the Delta terminal in Detroit.

MSP
CUN
Mediocre 2.0

nothing

They lost my luggage.

BOS
ATL
Okay 4.0

Comfort Plus allowed us to board early, useful USB ports.

BOS
BNA
Excellent 8.0

Service vey Good. Nice choices. Comfort seating very nice

WiFi awful. Useless.

SJC
SLC
Excellent 8.8

Good clean aircraft. Fairly comfortable seats. Even had a power outlet in my row. Not too bad for an aircraft from the late 70s.

for some reason, i had to pay to gate check a bag. It didnt seem like anyone else did while boarding my flight.

Sat, Apr 28
DSM
SMF
7h 04m
Tue, May 1
SMF
DSM
6h 19m
Trip: 4 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Mon, Apr 16
DSM
SMF
5h 40m
Mon, Apr 30
SMF
DSM
7h 31m
Trip: 15 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 54591 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
DEN
LAX
Okay 5.0

Great crew and process

For the fare, the leg room is not enough for average 6'0 person to be comfortable for longer than an hour.

SJO
IAH
Mediocre 3.3

The check-in staff were very friendly and helpful.

I already knew I was going to pay $200 to ship my boards back home (I wonder if golf clubs which are roughly the same size cost as much,) but when pre-purchasing through the app for an "oversized" bag you have to put a "one" in the checked bag and a "one" in the oversized bag even though they're the same bag, but then they charge you for two, and when you tell the check-in person that you only have one bag of course they can't issue a refund. No, they tell you that you get to call customer service when you return home.

IAH
CUN
Mediocre 2.0

poor service, rude flight attendants, no leg room, dirty plane...

poor service, rude flight attendants, no leg room, dirty plane...

DFW
ORD
Excellent 10.0

I LIKE THE SERVICE ON BORD OF THE PLANE

NOTHING

GRR
IAH
Good 6.0

Pay for food, cold on plane entire time, everyone bundled up in blankets, jackets but staff friendly

Mon, Apr 9
DSM
SMF
8h 17m
Mon, Apr 16
SMF
DSM
14h 11m
Trip: 8 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 16027 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.4
GDL
ATL
Excellent 9.0

Staff was great!

No TV for movies.

DTW
YOW
Excellent 9.3

Please see above. Sherry was amazing

Plane was small and older but it was a short flight

ATL
DTW
Excellent 10.0

Pls see above

DTW
MEX
Excellent 8.3

Even though I was disappointed by not being able to get the boarding passes from Delta for Aeromexico’s connecting flight to Bogota, I had an agent greet me after customs in Mexico to issue the boarding pass so I could use the transfer flight line. Excellent service throughout the entire trip.

Confusion over my boarding pass at the Delta terminal in Detroit.

BOS
ATL
Okay 4.0

Comfort Plus allowed us to board early, useful USB ports.

Tue, Mar 13
DSM
SMF
8h 43m
Tue, Mar 20
SMF
DSM
7h 30m
Trip: 8 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Fri, Mar 16
DSM
SMF
5h 55m
Tue, Mar 20
SMF
DSM
7h 30m
Trip: 5 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 54591 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
FSD
DEN
Mediocre 2.0

Friendly crew.

Stuck in Denver because our flight was delayed so we missed our connection to Houston. Couldn’t get a hotel voucher because they are claiming a weather delay (which there was none).

DEN
LAX
Okay 5.0

Great crew and process

For the fare, the leg room is not enough for average 6'0 person to be comfortable for longer than an hour.

IAD
GVA
Excellent 10.0

Best flight I have ever experienced!

Nothing

SJO
IAH
Mediocre 3.3

The check-in staff were very friendly and helpful.

I already knew I was going to pay $200 to ship my boards back home (I wonder if golf clubs which are roughly the same size cost as much,) but when pre-purchasing through the app for an "oversized" bag you have to put a "one" in the checked bag and a "one" in the oversized bag even though they're the same bag, but then they charge you for two, and when you tell the check-in person that you only have one bag of course they can't issue a refund. No, they tell you that you get to call customer service when you return home.

LAX
LHR
Excellent 10.0

United Airlines team and the plaine were brilliant.

Tue, Apr 10
DSM
SMF
6h 26m
Fri, Apr 27
SMF
DSM
5h 23m
Trip: 18 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 28211 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.7
ORD
CLT
Mediocre 3.0

Three hours delay. I paid for a upgrade to first class. But because of the flight change i didn't get to keep my upgrade and I had to beg for a refund. I have had two trips in the past 5 days and all flights have been anywhere from 1 to 3 hours late. Worst experience with AA I have had in a long time.

SJU
MIA
Excellent 9.3

New onboard entertainment

LAS
DFW
Excellent 8.0

Flight was punctual and service was good.

Gate change

LIM
SAL
Mediocre 2.0

Tiny airplane. We had a delay of 2 hours.

JAX
DFW
Excellent 8.6

Polite. Clean. Nice business class.

Would like more Western food.

Wed, Mar 14
DSM
SMF
5h 38m
Tue, Mar 20
SMF
DSM
7h 30m
Trip: 7 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Sun, Mar 18
DSM
SMF
5h 55m
Tue, Mar 20
SMF
DSM
7h 30m
Trip: 3 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 54591 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
FSD
DEN
Mediocre 2.0

Friendly crew.

Stuck in Denver because our flight was delayed so we missed our connection to Houston. Couldn’t get a hotel voucher because they are claiming a weather delay (which there was none).

IAH
SAN
Mediocre 2.6

The staff were fine, nothing really great, but nothing bad either.

So, we'll start with boarding. Why airlines can't figure out to board the plane from back to front is beyond me. No, let's load front to back so everyone has to uncomfortably shove past the people who have already taken their seats at the front of the plane. Then you get back there and all the overhead bins are full because everyone takes as many bags as possible onto the plane. Then you have to sacrifice the already tiny amount of foot room, "to put the bag fully underneath the seat in front of you." At this point you should be fine, except if you're over five and a half feet tall (I don't know if that's true I'm 6'2" and 275 lbs,) because then your knees are going to be buried so deep in the chair in front of you that the person up there doesn't even need a seat they can just sit on your knees. Luckily for you tall people, they put a nice metal rod just about knee level to really dig in and cause pain . . . Yay! Being a big guy, you try to be considerate and fold your arms in to give the person next to you as much space as possible, but don't expect that back as they'll spread out and become as wide as possible. Then to distract yourself from the discomfort, you try to use the free in flight entertainment via the United app, but "it's not available right now." In summation either be short and small or be rich and buy the seats with extra legroom when you fly United.

DEN
PSP
Okay 4.3

Paid for Econoplus seat but was assigned a seat in the row before the emergency exit. Seat uncomfortable didn’t recline had to go through refund process

IAD
GVA
Excellent 10.0

Best flight I have ever experienced!

Nothing

SFO
SNA
Okay 5.0

Cold, not enough space for carry on

Wed, Apr 11
DSM
SMF
8h 59m
Fri, Apr 27
SMF
DSM
5h 23m
Trip: 17 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 28211 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.7
DFW
SAN
Okay 5.3

Direct flight from desired origin to destination Boarding by zones

Uncomfortable, small, seat space with inadequate legroom. Lack of personal entertainment options. Paid extra for earlier boarding group which only benefited me by about 5 people. (NOT WORTH IT!) Lack of complimentary food options. (Pay for everything)

PHX
GEG
Good 7.3

The crew was friendly and informative. They were very helpful. The

The seats were uncomfortable. They were hard and so narrow I had to sit crooked in the seat to keep from getting banged into by the service carts and every person going by to the bathrooms. I'm not tiny, but I'm not huge either, it was just overcrowded. It was also very hot in the airplane the entire way from Phoenix to Spokane. My husband, who is always cold, was even hot.

DFW
FLL
Excellent 8.0

No issues at all

N/A

CLT
ILM
Mediocre 3.0

Three hours delay. I paid for a upgrade to first class. But because of the flight change i didn't get to keep my upgrade and I had to beg for a refund. I have had two trips in the past 5 days and all flights have been anywhere from 1 to 3 hours late. Worst experience with AA I have had in a long time.

PHL
YYZ
Good 6.0

On time

Small seats

Sat, Mar 17
DSM
SMF
8h 11m
Wed, Mar 21
SMF
DSM
11h 26m
Trip: 5 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 16027 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.4
BOS
BNA
Excellent 8.0

Service vey Good. Nice choices. Comfort seating very nice

WiFi awful. Useless.

BOS
JFK
Excellent 9.3

The volume controls on the tv we’re pretty poor. Was either too loud or too soft with only 5-6 volume settings.

ATL
MEX
Excellent 10.0

Flight was on time, crew was friendly, plane was clean, and boarding was painless and efficient. Food was served which was a huge plus. I appreciate having a choice of almonds for a snack.

BOS
ATL
Okay 4.0

Comfort Plus allowed us to board early, useful USB ports.

DTW
YOW
Excellent 9.3

Please see above. Sherry was amazing

Plane was small and older but it was a short flight

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Des Moines to Sacramento Intl Flight Information

Flights Arrive in Sacramento Intl
Flights Depart from Des Moines
Flight Price $264
Distance 1483 miles
Airlines American Airlines, Delta, United
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