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Low Season:
June
Best time to beat the crowds
2%
expected price decrease
High Season:
March
Most popular time to fly
1%
expected price increase
Average Price:
$371
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good Deal:
$281
or less (round trip)

When to Book Flights from Los Angeles to Des Moines

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 $281 or less.
The cheapest flight from Los Angeles to Des Moines was found 70 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 June.
Morning departure is around 22% 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 Los Angeles to Des Moines Flights

How long does a flight from Los Angeles to Des Moines take?
An average nonstop flight takes 3h 17m, covering a distance of 1445 miles.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from Los Angeles to Des Moines?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest round-trip tickets were found on Frontier ($198), Allegiant Air ($298) and Multiple Airlines ($302).
Do I need a passport to fly between Los Angeles and Des Moines?
No.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly Los Angeles to Des Moines?
For Los Angeles to Des Moines, Saturday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Friday is the most expensive. Flying from Des Moines back to Los Angeles, the best deals are generally found on Saturday, with Friday being the most expensive.

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

Airports
Origin
Los Angeles
$198
only
$198
Destination
Des Moines
$198
only
$198
Sat, Apr 28
LAX
DSM
5h 54m
Sat, May 5
DSM
LAX
5h 47m
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
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

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).

Fri, Jun 8
LAX
DSM
3h 19m
Mon, Jun 18
DSM
LAX
3h 38m
Trip: 11 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 1165 reviews
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.9
Entertainment
5.8
Food
6.1
MKE
FLL
Mediocre 2.0

7.5HR DELAY. LOST A DAY. ARRIVING AT 3AM VS 6:30PM TECH ISSUES NOT ALLOWING CHECKIN ONLINE POORLY TRAINED STAFF AND SUPERIORS AT CHECKIN ONE HR ON TARMAC AS PER HEADCOUNT ISSUE WHEREBY, TWICE ASKED ON PLANE WHO I WAS. EMBARASSING. RUINED MY VACA WITH MY HUSBAND SANS KIDS:-((((((

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!

SWF
PGD
Excellent 10.0

Passengers were fun

Need entertainment

LAX
TUL
Good 6.0

Cheap fare, nice crew, clean plane

Small seating, small snacks , extra charges for anything

SFB
HTS
Excellent 10.0

Great price, flight on time , great trip would use again

Wed, Mar 28
LAX
DSM
9h 58m
Sun, Apr 1
DSM
LAX
8h 42m
Trip: 5 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, May 2
LAX
DSM
6h 06m
Sat, May 5
DSM
LAX
16h 23m
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
DEN
ORD
Excellent 10.0

We got there ahead of schedule

PHX
DEN
Okay 4.0

Crew was friendly

Late departure

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.

LAS
MSN
Okay 5.6

Quick service

Expensive bags and small amount of room on the plane

MCO
SJU
Good 7.0

Low prices, departures and arrivals with very specific schedules On Time.

There's no food or drinking options, if you have any carry-on you'll have to pay $45.

Wed, May 16
LAX
DSM
6h 06m
Wed, May 23
DSM
LAX
5h 47m
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
PHX
MKE
Okay 4.0

Nothing

Everything

RSW
PHL
Okay 5.3

Cramped seating.

ORD
DEN
Mediocre 2.0

The flight was delayed

MCO
SJU
Good 7.0

Low prices, departures and arrivals with very specific schedules On Time.

There's no food or drinking options, if you have any carry-on you'll have to pay $45.

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).

Sat, Mar 10
LAX
DSM
8h 58m
Thu, Mar 29
DSM
LAX
16h 50m
Trip: 19 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
DEN
ORD
Excellent 10.0

We got there ahead of schedule

PHX
MKE
Okay 4.0

Nothing

Everything

MIA
CLE
Excellent 10.0

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

Nothing

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

LAS
MSN
Okay 5.6

Quick service

Expensive bags and small amount of room on the plane

Mon, Jul 30
LAX
DSM
3h 18m
Mon, Aug 6
DSM
LAX
3h 37m
Trip: 8 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 1165 reviews
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.9
Entertainment
5.8
Food
6.1
LAX
TUL
Good 6.0

Cheap fare, nice crew, clean plane

Small seating, small snacks , extra charges for anything

SWF
PGD
Excellent 10.0

Passengers were fun

Need entertainment

MSY
PIE
Excellent 8.6

The beer

SFB
HTS
Excellent 10.0

Great price, flight on time , great trip would use again

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!

Fri, Apr 27
LAX
DSM
5h 54m
Mon, Apr 30
DSM
LAX
5h 53m
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
RSW
PHL
Okay 5.3

Cramped seating.

PHX
DEN
Okay 4.0

Crew was friendly

Late departure

MCO
SJU
Good 7.0

Low prices, departures and arrivals with very specific schedules On Time.

There's no food or drinking options, if you have any carry-on you'll have to pay $45.

LAS
MSN
Okay 5.6

Quick service

Expensive bags and small amount of room on the plane

ORD
DEN
Mediocre 2.0

The flight was delayed

Fri, Aug 10
LAX
DSM
3h 17m
Mon, Aug 13
DSM
LAX
3h 37m
Trip: 4 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 1165 reviews
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.9
Entertainment
5.8
Food
6.1
TUL
LAX
Good 7.3

Price

DSM
LAS
Okay 5.6

I am so angry booking with them. I booked the flight and then thought, ok I will add a rental car. It said clearly that the rental Car could be canceled up until 24 hours before the flight. Well, 2 weeks before the flight, my friend said, don’t get a rental car, I will have my car. So I cancelled and only then did I find out that once I booked it through their site I could not get a refund for the car and I could only get a voucher for use on one of their flights! And only after they take out any fees and costs that was accrued! So angry!

IND
FLL
Good 6.6

Standard no frills airline

No room for overhead bags near my seat. I paid $25 to sit up front and $35 for a carry on. I paid extra with the goal of deplaining first. Crew refused to allow me to stow the bags in the front bin, had to place it 10 rows back. If I didn’t run to my gags as soon as Wen landed would have been the last to deplane. If allegiant is going to charge so much for carry on, they need to find a way so front passengers are not squeezed out like this.

FLL
MEM
Excellent 10.0

It was exceervice

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.

Thu, Jul 12
LAX
DSM
7h 59m
Sun, Jul 15
DSM
LAX
10h 51m
Trip: 4 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Fri, Feb 23
LAX
DSM
7h 23m
Sun, Feb 25
DSM
LAX
16h 48m
Trip: 3 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
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Los Angeles to Des Moines Flight Information

Avg. Flight Duration 3h 27m
Flights Arrive in Des Moines
Flights Depart from Los Angeles
Flight Price $198
Distance 1445 miles
Airlines Frontier, Allegiant Air
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