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Low Season:
September
Best time to beat the crowds
2%
expected price decrease
High Season:
March
Most popular time to fly
8%
expected price increase
Average Price:
$407
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good Deal:
$316
or less (round trip)

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Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $316 or less.
The cheapest flight from Des Moines to San Francisco was found 23 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 February, March and April. The cheapest month to fly is September.
Morning departure is around 12% 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 San Francisco Flights

How long does a flight from Des Moines to San Francisco take?
An average nonstop flight takes 3h 51m, covering a distance of 1547 miles.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from Des Moines to San Francisco?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest round-trip tickets were found on Frontier ($218), Multiple Airlines ($258) and Delta ($274).
Do I need a passport to fly between Des Moines and San Francisco?
No.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly Des Moines to San Francisco?
For Des Moines to San Francisco, Sunday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Saturday is the most expensive. Flying from San Francisco back to Des Moines, the best deals are generally found on Monday, with Friday being the most expensive.

Book cheap flights from Des Moines to San Francisco (round-trip)

Airports
Origin
Des Moines
$218
only
$218
Destination
San Francisco
$218
only
$218
Sun, Jan 14
DSM
SFO
10h 56m
Wed, Jan 17
SFO
DSM
9h 50m
Trip: 4 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 33263 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
ATL
DEN
Mediocre 3.6

The price was good, and it was a non stop flight.

The crew was rude and the seats didn't recline.

MSY
PVD
Excellent 8.0

The price!

TYS
MCO
Okay 5.0

Great people

The plane wasn’t very clean

MSY
MCO
Excellent 10.0

Great crew great flight

Nothing, everything was awesome. Crazy to believe this was a 19 dollar flight

DEN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Website would not let me check in the day before or the morning or my flight. There was an error every time and I almost got to the end once. I could not change the time of my transportation and arrived 10 minutes past the check in deadline (an hour prior to the flight taking off). I was refused access to the flight and offered a flight 5 hours later. The staff was rude and not helpful. I had heard negative things about Frontier and now I know why.

Thu, Feb 8
DSM
SFO
16h 52m
Mon, Feb 12
SFO
DSM
47h 41m
Trip: 5 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, Jan 10
DSM
SFO
6h 10m
Tue, Jan 16
SFO
DSM
5h 53m
Trip: 7 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 14235 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.3
JFK
YYZ
Excellent 10.0

The staff is very friendly. Most pleasant airline I've flown with.

SLC
SNA
Excellent 8.0

Comfortable seats in coach Good snacks Friendly crew

Nothing

MSP
YXE
Excellent 9.3

I was traveling for medical reasons and the Delta crew took great care of me, made sure I was at my connecting gate on time, and even put me in a better seat on the plane. Not sure if that was a coincidental upgrade, or intentional, but it was perfect.

LGA
YUL
Excellent 8.0

it was easy to navigate .

SEA
LAX
Okay 4.0

Nothing, they didn’t care about you or to help, the llady was so rude and unfriendly, this situation ruin my whole trip

I call in advance to paid the fees for baggage, I call Aeromexico because was the main airline for the fly, but Delta at Seattle made me paid again the fees for baggage’s even by phone they said that I didn’t need to paid. BE AWARE AND CAREFUL BECAUSE THE LADIES IN THE FRONT DESK didn’t even look the paperwork that you have in hand, they only want to charge you saying that your payment thru Aeromexico didn’t help you in the 1st fly. How this can happen when Delta and Aeromexico are two subsidiary one of another ?

Wed, Feb 7
DSM
SFO
8h 07m
Fri, Feb 9
SFO
DSM
5h 33m
Trip: 3 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 52325 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
PUJ
EWR
Good 7.3

The flight was very hot and uncomfortable

ORD
MCO
Mediocre 2.0

Delayed Swiss flight 8 tue 12 dec 2017 led to catastrophe

IAH
FRA
Okay 5.3

The crew wasn’t nice at all The food was bad

LAX
YVR
Excellent 8.0

Checking in was simple with no problems. They made the process easy. Very courteous!

MCI
IAD
Mediocre 2.0

My United connecting flight was delayed. I rushed to arrive at the gate prior to the departure time to be told the plane had left early and I had been rescheduled to the next morning at 7am. However, there were no vouchers available for me to stay in a hotel or get food. So, I was able to get a flight on American that got me home the same night. By the way, the American flight was delaying takeoff to wait for passengers who had been delayed on their connecting flights.

Tue, Jan 23
DSM
SFO
10h 56m
Sat, Jan 27
SFO
DSM
22h 54m
Trip: 5 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 33263 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
MSY
MCO
Excellent 10.0

Great crew great flight

Nothing, everything was awesome. Crazy to believe this was a 19 dollar flight

DEN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Website would not let me check in the day before or the morning or my flight. There was an error every time and I almost got to the end once. I could not change the time of my transportation and arrived 10 minutes past the check in deadline (an hour prior to the flight taking off). I was refused access to the flight and offered a flight 5 hours later. The staff was rude and not helpful. I had heard negative things about Frontier and now I know why.

PVD
DEN
Good 7.3

There's no "complimentary" snacks on Frontier. Which is fine, their flights are cheap and comfortable and the snacks are affordable. I also don't really appreciate having to pay for a carry on. I knew about this so made sure my bag would be considered a personal item, but I just don't know how I feel about that as a backpack may not even fit under that seat. But again, the flight was cheap. So, I don't know.

ATL
DEN
Mediocre 3.6

The price was good, and it was a non stop flight.

The crew was rude and the seats didn't recline.

IAD
LAS
Good 6.3

They gave me and someone else the same seat luckily it wasn’t a packed flight and was able to move to a row that was empty

Thu, Feb 8
DSM
SFO
10h 56m
Mon, Feb 12
SFO
DSM
22h 54m
Trip: 5 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 33263 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
LAS
IAD
Good 6.3

The staff on the flight was awesome, very helpful and kind to my friend who is terrified to fly. We were even ahead of schedule.

To pay for a carry on item is just crazy to me... not to mention you have to pay for beverages and snacks. All you are given is water.

PVD
DEN
Good 7.3

There's no "complimentary" snacks on Frontier. Which is fine, their flights are cheap and comfortable and the snacks are affordable. I also don't really appreciate having to pay for a carry on. I knew about this so made sure my bag would be considered a personal item, but I just don't know how I feel about that as a backpack may not even fit under that seat. But again, the flight was cheap. So, I don't know.

PHL
MCO
Mediocre 2.3

Its a scam! They act like they are giving you a break by having you buy cheap flights but in reality it costs more than a bit more expensive flight. I had to pay $45.00 each bag no matter if it was checked or carry-on. In total round trip I paid $180.00 extra just for my husbands carry-on as well as mine. Must add that our flights together cost 286.00. We should of went with American Airlines. On top of that we couldn't select our own seat if so, we had to pay extra, so we had to sit separated from each other. It was ridiculous! Never Again with this company!!!!!

MSY
PVD
Excellent 8.0

The price!

ATL
DEN
Mediocre 3.6

The price was good, and it was a non stop flight.

The crew was rude and the seats didn't recline.

Sat, Mar 17
DSM
SFO
9h 09m
Sun, Apr 1
SFO
DSM
8h 35m
Trip: 16 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 26019 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
GIG
JFK
Okay 4.6

Nice crew

I booked a LATAM flight for a 10.5 hour flight specifically because they have better in flight entertainment. I arrived at the airport and found it it was operated by AA. 10.5 hours with zero in flight entertainment. HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE.

TPA
ORD
Excellent 8.0

Average. Expectation for US airlines are so low this flight score average.

AUS
CLT
Excellent 10.0

My Mom was very grateful for the friendly assistance as she is wheelchair bound and was flying aline. Excellent service!!

Nothing.

ABQ
ORD
Excellent 8.0

everything fine

having to gate-check our hand luggage

MCO
MIA
Mediocre 2.0

Flight got canceled for over a week.

Fri, Mar 2
DSM
SFO
25h 25m
Mon, Mar 5
SFO
DSM
9h 50m
Trip: 4 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, Mar 6
DSM
SFO
10h 53m
Mon, Mar 12
SFO
DSM
9h 50m
Trip: 6 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 33263 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
ORD
RSW
Excellent 10.0

We had 3 kids with us and the flight was on time and the staff was very nice

DEN
MKE
Good 6.6

Direct flight from Denver to Milwaukee. Didn't have to wait on tarmac so that was a plus.

Have to pay for every little thring down to the peanuts

MSY
MCO
Excellent 10.0

Great crew great flight

Nothing, everything was awesome. Crazy to believe this was a 19 dollar flight

TYS
MCO
Okay 5.0

Great people

The plane wasn’t very clean

MSY
PVD
Excellent 8.0

The price!

Wed, Jan 31
DSM
SFO
7h 24m
Sat, Feb 3
SFO
DSM
6h 32m
Trip: 4 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 14235 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.3
SEA
LAX
Okay 5.3

Mu seat!

My baggage took for to long to arrive

ZAG
CDG
Good 6.0

Old plane, bad food & old crew

ATL
ABE
Okay 4.0

Long wait for de-Icing. Got on and off the plane 3 times. First wait was 1 hour, but plane aborted takeoff. Second plane waited at gate with all aboard for 2-1/2 hours and never got slot and de-planed. Third plane waited 1-1/2 hours for de-Icing and finally we were headed home. Arrived 8.5 hours after schedule.

MSP
YXE
Excellent 9.3

I was traveling for medical reasons and the Delta crew took great care of me, made sure I was at my connecting gate on time, and even put me in a better seat on the plane. Not sure if that was a coincidental upgrade, or intentional, but it was perfect.

IND
DTW
Okay 4.0

No wifi couldn’t do any work

Was looking forward to completing some work but the wifi never came on.

Sun, Jan 14
DSM
SFO
10h 56m
Thu, Jan 18
SFO
DSM
9h 09m
Trip: 5 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Fri, Jan 12
DSM
SFO
8h 07m
Mon, Jan 15
SFO
DSM
7h 48m
Trip: 4 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 52325 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
RSW
EWR
Okay 5.3

Waiting

RSW
EWR
Okay 5.3

Boarding quickly

No PED was available didn’t have anything for entertainment if you weren’t buying it seems every thing available for 3 hour flight and flight was scheduled for 2 hours and 55 minutes No snacks made available came thru once had a small bag of pretzels cup of coffee and never came back

IAH
FRA
Okay 5.3

The crew wasn’t nice at all The food was bad

LAX
EWR
Good 7.6

I had the row to myself. Smooth flight. On time. Actually we got there early.

My arm rest would not stay up. Flight attendant almost seemed rude. Might have been just her tone. She seemed annoyed. I could be wrong.

LAX
NRT
Good 7.3

Good price

Stink in the plane

Sun, Jun 10
DSM
SFO
3h 51m
Thu, Jun 14
SFO
DSM
3h 25m
Trip: 5 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 33263 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
ORD
RSW
Excellent 10.0

We had 3 kids with us and the flight was on time and the staff was very nice

MSY
PVD
Excellent 8.0

The price!

DEN
MKE
Good 6.6

Direct flight from Denver to Milwaukee. Didn't have to wait on tarmac so that was a plus.

Have to pay for every little thring down to the peanuts

PVD
DEN
Good 7.3

There's no "complimentary" snacks on Frontier. Which is fine, their flights are cheap and comfortable and the snacks are affordable. I also don't really appreciate having to pay for a carry on. I knew about this so made sure my bag would be considered a personal item, but I just don't know how I feel about that as a backpack may not even fit under that seat. But again, the flight was cheap. So, I don't know.

MKE
TPA
Good 6.6

2nd row had plenty of leg room, nice new jet, Nice flight attendants, smooth flight, on time, made it to my destination safe. Successful flight! TSA Pre-chek was nice.

Idiot in front of me reclined his seat. Plane didn't get catered overnight. Water only.

Mon, Jan 22
DSM
SFO
5h 42m
Wed, Jan 24
SFO
DSM
9h 50m
Trip: 3 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Thu, Jan 11
DSM
SFO
8h 33m
Mon, Jan 15
SFO
DSM
10h 47m
Trip: 5 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 14235 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.3
LGA
YUL
Excellent 8.0

it was easy to navigate .

ATL
ABE
Okay 4.0

Long wait for de-Icing. Got on and off the plane 3 times. First wait was 1 hour, but plane aborted takeoff. Second plane waited at gate with all aboard for 2-1/2 hours and never got slot and de-planed. Third plane waited 1-1/2 hours for de-Icing and finally we were headed home. Arrived 8.5 hours after schedule.

JFK
YYZ
Excellent 10.0

The staff is very friendly. Most pleasant airline I've flown with.

SEA
LAX
Okay 5.3

Mu seat!

My baggage took for to long to arrive

MSP
YXE
Excellent 9.3

I was traveling for medical reasons and the Delta crew took great care of me, made sure I was at my connecting gate on time, and even put me in a better seat on the plane. Not sure if that was a coincidental upgrade, or intentional, but it was perfect.

Tue, Feb 27
DSM
SFO
16h 52m
Wed, Feb 28
SFO
DSM
9h 50m
Trip: 2 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 33263 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
MSY
PVD
Excellent 8.0

The price!

DEN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Website would not let me check in the day before or the morning or my flight. There was an error every time and I almost got to the end once. I could not change the time of my transportation and arrived 10 minutes past the check in deadline (an hour prior to the flight taking off). I was refused access to the flight and offered a flight 5 hours later. The staff was rude and not helpful. I had heard negative things about Frontier and now I know why.

DEN
MKE
Good 6.6

Direct flight from Denver to Milwaukee. Didn't have to wait on tarmac so that was a plus.

Have to pay for every little thring down to the peanuts

ORD
RSW
Excellent 10.0

We had 3 kids with us and the flight was on time and the staff was very nice

ATL
DEN
Mediocre 3.6

The price was good, and it was a non stop flight.

The crew was rude and the seats didn't recline.

Tue, Feb 13
DSM
SFO
10h 56m
Thu, Feb 22
SFO
DSM
5h 27m
Trip: 10 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Fri, Jan 12
DSM
SFO
8h 32m
Mon, Jan 15
SFO
DSM
10h 47m
Trip: 4 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 14235 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.3
SEA
LAX
Okay 5.3

Mu seat!

My baggage took for to long to arrive

GSO
ATL
Excellent 10.0

Plane nice and comfortable

ZAG
CDG
Good 6.0

Old plane, bad food & old crew

SLC
SNA
Excellent 8.0

Comfortable seats in coach Good snacks Friendly crew

Nothing

SYR
MSP
Excellent 8.0

WiFi and free tv shows

My seat wouldn’t recline

Tue, Feb 13
DSM
SFO
8h 02m
Sat, Feb 17
SFO
DSM
6h 07m
Trip: 5 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 52325 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
ORD
MCO
Mediocre 2.0

Delayed Swiss flight 8 tue 12 dec 2017 led to catastrophe

MIA
ORD
Excellent 9.0

That it got me to Paris safe

No outlets to charge your phone, and the tv played the same movie over and over. The meals were also cheap. Didn't like any of them. Should have flown southwest or delta.

RSW
EWR
Okay 5.3

Waiting

ORD
LAS
Okay 4.0

The crew was helpful and friendly, my flight was inexpensive

The seats were incredibly uncomfortable! Also, many people did not understand how to turn off the televisions, so it was pretty distracting to have so many monitors going when we all trying to sleep.

IAH
FRA
Okay 5.3

The crew wasn’t nice at all The food was bad

Tue, Jun 12
DSM
SFO
3h 51m
Tue, Jun 26
SFO
DSM
13h 55m
Trip: 15 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 33263 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
PVD
DEN
Good 7.3

There's no "complimentary" snacks on Frontier. Which is fine, their flights are cheap and comfortable and the snacks are affordable. I also don't really appreciate having to pay for a carry on. I knew about this so made sure my bag would be considered a personal item, but I just don't know how I feel about that as a backpack may not even fit under that seat. But again, the flight was cheap. So, I don't know.

MSY
MCO
Excellent 10.0

Great crew great flight

Nothing, everything was awesome. Crazy to believe this was a 19 dollar flight

ATL
DEN
Mediocre 3.6

The price was good, and it was a non stop flight.

The crew was rude and the seats didn't recline.

TYS
MCO
Okay 5.0

Great people

The plane wasn’t very clean

LAS
IAD
Good 6.3

The staff on the flight was awesome, very helpful and kind to my friend who is terrified to fly. We were even ahead of schedule.

To pay for a carry on item is just crazy to me... not to mention you have to pay for beverages and snacks. All you are given is water.

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