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Low Season:
January
Best time to beat the crowds
3%
expected price decrease
High Season:
December
Most popular time to fly
4%
expected price increase
Average Price:
$453
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good Deal:
$335
or less (round trip)

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Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $335 or less.
The cheapest flight from San Francisco to Des Moines was found 23 days before departure, on average.
Book at least 2 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
Morning departure is around 6% 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 San Francisco to Des Moines Flights

How long does a flight from San Francisco to Des Moines take?
An average nonstop flight takes 3h 25m, covering a distance of 1547 miles.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from San Francisco to Des Moines?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest round-trip tickets were found on Frontier ($218), Multiple Airlines ($254) and United ($254).
Do I need a passport to fly between San Francisco and Des Moines?
No.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly San Francisco to Des Moines?
For San Francisco to Des Moines, Monday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Tuesday is the most expensive. Flying from Des Moines back to San Francisco, the best deals are generally found on Tuesday, with Wednesday being the most expensive.

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

Airports
Origin
San Francisco
$218
only
$218
Destination
Des Moines
$218
only
$218
Mon, Jan 29
SFO
DSM
22h 54m
Tue, Feb 6
DSM
SFO
16h 52m
Trip: 9 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33574 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
ATL
LAS
Good 6.0

The crew was very friendly.

The seats were close together and not very comfortable. No entertainment, for example a movie for a 4 hour flight. You have to pay for everything. Only thing complimentary is water.

ISP
TPA
Mediocre 2.3

In flight crew was cordial, warm, professional

Everything else was a sh*tshow: bad information, confused and angry employees, flight was 7-hours late

MKE
PHX
Mediocre 3.0

Service was awful. Delayed for more than 8hrs without an explanation of what type of maintenance issues were happening. Never given a straight answer as to what was happening. Food vouchers were only offered after the airport restaurants had closed. Once the plane was finished the crew had timed out and we could not leave till the following afternoon. Ended up being put up in a hotel for the night and lost an entire day of our weekend get away. Poor contingency planning on frontiers part. There was no reason

MIA
LGA
Mediocre 2.0

if you have a hard engagement that you have to make, i hate to say it, but use a bigger airline. These guys are not dependable nyc -> miami. Have had 2 flights cancelled and delayed over 6 hours in the last 6 months. Only one scheduled flight everyday. If you can risk it, fine, but otherwise not worth it.

DEN
RNO
Excellent 8.6

Easy flight with good price.

No one takes cash anymore! Have to pay for all snacks! Not alot of room for broad shoulders.

Tue, Feb 6
SFO
DSM
7h 03m
Sat, Feb 10
DSM
SFO
5h 30m
Trip: 5 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, Feb 7
SFO
DSM
9h 28m
Fri, Feb 9
DSM
SFO
5h 42m
Trip: 3 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 53789 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
ORD
ATL
Excellent 10.0

Great customer service

FLL
EWR
Good 6.6

Food was not good plane was dirty

BOS
EWR
Excellent 8.0

it was very punctual and easy to get around.

AUS
IAH
Mediocre 2.0

N/a

There was a name change needed for the flight..they weren’t able to support that at all resulting me cancelling the flight.

LAX
NRT
Good 6.0

The crews were very kind and friendly.

I bought a ticket for ANA but my flight was United. It was ok but I payed extra to get flight with ANA so I was disappointed a bit.

Mon, Feb 12
SFO
DSM
6h 48m
Wed, Feb 14
DSM
SFO
8h 50m
Trip: 3 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 27267 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
ORD
MSP
Okay 5.6

The touch down at MSP. Was sitting over the wing and barely felt it.

Was told carry on needed to be checked because there wasn't any more overhead room for my 9X14X16. So then I had to dig through it at the gate to remove lithium batteries and it took an additional 20+ minutes at MSP to get to baggage claim/wait/claim bag. There was plenty of room in overhead storage for my bag.

DFW
MIA
Mediocre 2.0

Terrible

FCO
PHL
Okay 4.3

Not much.

The flight was late due to maintenance and caused us to miss our connecting flight to Chicago. American Airlines customer assistance at the airport was absolutely terrible. They were rude and inconsiderate as they kept suggesting to fly standby. We shouldn't have to fly standby when it wasn't our fault why were late. They told us our bags would be ok going to Chicago and they we would make the flight, but we did not. I do not know why didn't wait for us considering there were 8 others that also missed the connecting flight. We had to fly to Denver and stay overnight with no luggage and catch a 7:00am flight to Chicago. The last surprise I received was my damaged bag when I got back to Chicago. Thank you for making this trip memorable in a terrible way. I will never book or recommend Kayak or use American Airlines again.

DFW
SFO
Good 6.0

The seats actually had individual screens, which was a very nice surprise. There’s a decent movie collection. alao the flight attendants were very nice and friendly.

The tv show selection is quite poor. Also, like the previous flight, my husband and I weren’t seated together (not even in the same row) and when I tried to change it online, the entire flight showed as booked. However once on board there were clearly a number of empty seats.

PHL
ORD
Mediocre 2.0

The baggage customer service said the crew will wait for us, but they never did. THANKS for NOTHING!

Wed, Feb 14
SFO
DSM
8h 30m
Wed, Feb 21
DSM
SFO
10h 20m
Trip: 8 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 15239 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.3
SEA
LAX
Good 6.0

On time flight arrival

Baggage Claim was very disorganized. They indicated bags were to be picked up at a carousel that was under construction. When we went to the service desk, they directed us to another carousel which was incorrect. There was no announcement made and there was a delay in updating the baggage claim board.

HKG
SEA
Good 6.0

The flight was on time and the arrival was early

LAX
CUN
Mediocre 2.6

Terrible customer service both on the phone before the flight, but Especially from the gate agent. Wow she was really horrible.

The flight attendants on board were good! They helped get everything straight. Easily could have been handled by the incompetent gate agent. Wow.

DEN
SLC
Excellent 10.0

Delta is great

MKE
ATL
Okay 4.0

Nothing

I never got to Cabo. It took 2 hours for Delta to de-ice the plane in Milwaukee. Because of the long delay we missed the flight to Cabo. We asked Delta to book us on another flight to get us to Cabo today, Delta reps said nothing was available. Delta gave us a discounted coupon for a hotel in Atlanta and rebooked us on a flight to Cabo tomorrow.

Wed, Jan 31
SFO
DSM
9h 46m
Tue, Feb 6
DSM
SFO
10h 56m
Trip: 7 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33574 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
ATL
TTN
Excellent 9.3

I was having a terrible migraine and one of the female on flight staff directed me to open seats where I could lay down. She also provided me with lots of water and a bag of ice!

LAX
DEN
Excellent 8.0

Time management

Service

DEN
DCA
Excellent 8.0

Time management

Service

MCO
OMA
Excellent 8.0

Nice flight. No issues. Flight staff was great.

Front desk check in guy in Orlando was a bit shady. Asked that we pay for our check-in bags with cash and wanted 10$ cash to put our seats together. I did not give him cash and had to ask for a reciept for the checked bags. We were 4 hours early for check in.

RSW
PVD
Excellent 10.0

Basic, simple. No frills but economical

Seats did not recline.. So uncomfortable

Mon, Feb 5
SFO
DSM
9h 46m
Tue, Feb 13
DSM
SFO
10h 56m
Trip: 9 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33574 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
MKE
PHX
Mediocre 3.0

Service was awful. Delayed for more than 8hrs without an explanation of what type of maintenance issues were happening. Never given a straight answer as to what was happening. Food vouchers were only offered after the airport restaurants had closed. Once the plane was finished the crew had timed out and we could not leave till the following afternoon. Ended up being put up in a hotel for the night and lost an entire day of our weekend get away. Poor contingency planning on frontiers part. There was no reason

ATL
TTN
Excellent 9.3

I was having a terrible migraine and one of the female on flight staff directed me to open seats where I could lay down. She also provided me with lots of water and a bag of ice!

MIA
LGA
Mediocre 2.0

if you have a hard engagement that you have to make, i hate to say it, but use a bigger airline. These guys are not dependable nyc -> miami. Have had 2 flights cancelled and delayed over 6 hours in the last 6 months. Only one scheduled flight everyday. If you can risk it, fine, but otherwise not worth it.

GRR
MCO
Excellent 10.0

Early departure. Non stop. Early arrival. Ease of travel.

MCO
OMA
Excellent 8.0

Nice flight. No issues. Flight staff was great.

Front desk check in guy in Orlando was a bit shady. Asked that we pay for our check-in bags with cash and wanted 10$ cash to put our seats together. I did not give him cash and had to ask for a reciept for the checked bags. We were 4 hours early for check in.

Wed, Feb 7
SFO
DSM
7h 03m
Mon, Feb 12
DSM
SFO
5h 42m
Trip: 6 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, Feb 14
SFO
DSM
5h 45m
Wed, Feb 21
DSM
SFO
7h 51m
Trip: 8 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 27267 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
CDG
DFW
Good 6.3

The snacks and meals were decent, as far as plane food goes (although the “vegetables” with the chicken were pretty awful). Also the entertainment selection had a wide assortment of movies, but disappointing tv show selection.

The boarding process was a mess. Just a huddle of people, with no clear direction and no one enforcing lines or boarding groups. Also my husband and I weren’t seated together and when I tried to change it online, the entire flight showed as booked. However once on board there were clearly a number of empty seats.

TPA
PHX
Excellent 9.3

We had a newer plane. I LOVED that the seatbelts had a little more room, and also that each seat had it down screen. I really enjoyed the new pre-flight video; it was entertaining and I appreciated that it allowed the crew to get ready, rather than demonstrate a seatbelt for us.

I am not sure how boarding groups work, but I will never understand why we don't board from the back of the plane to the front. People waiting and trying to load luggage or climb over others makes the pre-flight more stressful than it needs to be. (This is obviously not specific to you airline.)

DFW
SFO
Good 6.0

The seats actually had individual screens, which was a very nice surprise. There’s a decent movie collection. alao the flight attendants were very nice and friendly.

The tv show selection is quite poor. Also, like the previous flight, my husband and I weren’t seated together (not even in the same row) and when I tried to change it online, the entire flight showed as booked. However once on board there were clearly a number of empty seats.

CMH
DCA
Mediocre 2.0

Never knew flying domestically with a company named American would be so impossible. A true joke. Never had such difficulties traveling about. Super unsatisfiee and will not be traveling with them again. I urge everyone considering to purchase other airlines as well.

ORD
MSP
Okay 5.6

The touch down at MSP. Was sitting over the wing and barely felt it.

Was told carry on needed to be checked because there wasn't any more overhead room for my 9X14X16. So then I had to dig through it at the gate to remove lithium batteries and it took an additional 20+ minutes at MSP to get to baggage claim/wait/claim bag. There was plenty of room in overhead storage for my bag.

Fri, Feb 23
SFO
DSM
8h 49m
Tue, Feb 27
DSM
SFO
9h 16m
Trip: 5 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 53789 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
AMS
IAD
Good 7.6

Good price.

It took you 4 days for you to get back to me with the confirmation number after I had requested it via e-mail. Also, you should note Lufthansa-issued documents never commence with "220-" and then the subsequent numbers. Lufthansa tickets are always issued with "2220-" at the beginning and then the subsequent numbers. You need to update your computers otherwise with the original Lufthansa-issued ticket number you provide at time of booking, the booking will not show up in Lufthansa systems.

MEX
LAX
Excellent 8.0

Almost on time.

Should have 1 free check in luggage to Mexico.

EWR
SJU
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing

Terrible service. Flight delayed (two hours).

LAX
NRT
Good 6.0

The crews were very kind and friendly.

I bought a ticket for ANA but my flight was United. It was ok but I payed extra to get flight with ANA so I was disappointed a bit.

IAD
FRA
Good 7.0

One of the stewardess was very kind

The longer leg from US to Frankfurt was very difficult to sleep in because the mid cabin section light was not turned off

Sat, Feb 24
SFO
DSM
8h 58m
Fri, Mar 2
DSM
SFO
8h 09m
Trip: 7 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 15239 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.3
SAN
LAX
Excellent 10.0

on time

DEN
SLC
Excellent 10.0

Delta is great

SYR
JFK
Good 7.0

Nothing Special

AUA
ATL
Excellent 10.0

The entertainment

Had to pay for bags

YUL
DTW
Mediocre 2.0

Not applied

Not applied

Mon, Jan 29
SFO
DSM
22h 54m
Sun, Feb 4
DSM
SFO
10h 56m
Trip: 7 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33574 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
DEN
RNO
Excellent 8.6

Easy flight with good price.

No one takes cash anymore! Have to pay for all snacks! Not alot of room for broad shoulders.

ATL
LAS
Good 6.0

The crew was very friendly.

The seats were close together and not very comfortable. No entertainment, for example a movie for a 4 hour flight. You have to pay for everything. Only thing complimentary is water.

MIA
LGA
Mediocre 2.0

if you have a hard engagement that you have to make, i hate to say it, but use a bigger airline. These guys are not dependable nyc -> miami. Have had 2 flights cancelled and delayed over 6 hours in the last 6 months. Only one scheduled flight everyday. If you can risk it, fine, but otherwise not worth it.

GRR
MCO
Excellent 10.0

Early departure. Non stop. Early arrival. Ease of travel.

RSW
PVD
Excellent 10.0

Basic, simple. No frills but economical

Seats did not recline.. So uncomfortable

Sat, Feb 10
SFO
DSM
7h 03m
Mon, Feb 12
DSM
SFO
5h 42m
Trip: 3 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Sat, Feb 24
SFO
DSM
5h 10m
Wed, Feb 28
DSM
SFO
5h 59m
Trip: 5 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 53789 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
ORD
BNA
Excellent 10.0

Everything

ORD
ATL
Excellent 10.0

Great customer service

AUS
IAH
Mediocre 2.0

N/a

There was a name change needed for the flight..they weren’t able to support that at all resulting me cancelling the flight.

AMS
IAD
Good 7.6

Good price.

It took you 4 days for you to get back to me with the confirmation number after I had requested it via e-mail. Also, you should note Lufthansa-issued documents never commence with "220-" and then the subsequent numbers. Lufthansa tickets are always issued with "2220-" at the beginning and then the subsequent numbers. You need to update your computers otherwise with the original Lufthansa-issued ticket number you provide at time of booking, the booking will not show up in Lufthansa systems.

TPA
ORD
Excellent 9.3

Loved the in flight direct tv in the seat backs

Wed, Jan 31
SFO
DSM
9h 46m
Sun, Feb 4
DSM
SFO
10h 56m
Trip: 5 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33574 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
MCO
OMA
Excellent 8.0

Nice flight. No issues. Flight staff was great.

Front desk check in guy in Orlando was a bit shady. Asked that we pay for our check-in bags with cash and wanted 10$ cash to put our seats together. I did not give him cash and had to ask for a reciept for the checked bags. We were 4 hours early for check in.

DEN
RNO
Excellent 8.6

Easy flight with good price.

No one takes cash anymore! Have to pay for all snacks! Not alot of room for broad shoulders.

GRR
MCO
Excellent 10.0

Early departure. Non stop. Early arrival. Ease of travel.

DEN
DCA
Excellent 8.0

Time management

Service

OMA
MCO
Excellent 8.0

Nice flight. Arrived early.

4.99 for a can of coke???

Mon, Feb 12
SFO
DSM
7h 48m
Wed, Feb 14
DSM
SFO
6h 51m
Trip: 3 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Sat, Mar 10
SFO
DSM
6h 39m
Fri, Mar 16
DSM
SFO
5h 56m
Trip: 6 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 53789 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
IAD
FRA
Good 7.0

One of the stewardess was very kind

The longer leg from US to Frankfurt was very difficult to sleep in because the mid cabin section light was not turned off

ORD
BNA
Excellent 10.0

Everything

ORD
ATL
Excellent 10.0

Great customer service

LAX
NRT
Good 6.0

The crews were very kind and friendly.

I bought a ticket for ANA but my flight was United. It was ok but I payed extra to get flight with ANA so I was disappointed a bit.

EWR
SJO
Mediocre 2.0

Más espacio, al menos una película que ver, y algún bocadillo por ser un vuelo de tantas horas

Tue, Jun 19
SFO
DSM
3h 25m
Tue, Jun 26
DSM
SFO
3h 51m
Trip: 8 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33574 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
DEN
RNO
Excellent 8.6

Easy flight with good price.

No one takes cash anymore! Have to pay for all snacks! Not alot of room for broad shoulders.

GRR
MCO
Excellent 10.0

Early departure. Non stop. Early arrival. Ease of travel.

LAX
DEN
Excellent 8.0

Time management

Service

ATL
TTN
Excellent 9.3

I was having a terrible migraine and one of the female on flight staff directed me to open seats where I could lay down. She also provided me with lots of water and a bag of ice!

MKE
PHX
Mediocre 3.0

Service was awful. Delayed for more than 8hrs without an explanation of what type of maintenance issues were happening. Never given a straight answer as to what was happening. Food vouchers were only offered after the airport restaurants had closed. Once the plane was finished the crew had timed out and we could not leave till the following afternoon. Ended up being put up in a hotel for the night and lost an entire day of our weekend get away. Poor contingency planning on frontiers part. There was no reason

Tue, Feb 27
SFO
DSM
6h 40m
Sun, Mar 4
DSM
SFO
8h 55m
Trip: 6 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 27267 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
GRU
LIM
Good 7.0

Entertainment, crew

Several flights were delayed and canceled on last minute.

LAX
AKL
Excellent 8.3

New plane, great crew on board.

seats were hard especially for a 13 1/2 hour flight.

FCO
PHL
Okay 4.3

Not much.

The flight was late due to maintenance and caused us to miss our connecting flight to Chicago. American Airlines customer assistance at the airport was absolutely terrible. They were rude and inconsiderate as they kept suggesting to fly standby. We shouldn't have to fly standby when it wasn't our fault why were late. They told us our bags would be ok going to Chicago and they we would make the flight, but we did not. I do not know why didn't wait for us considering there were 8 others that also missed the connecting flight. We had to fly to Denver and stay overnight with no luggage and catch a 7:00am flight to Chicago. The last surprise I received was my damaged bag when I got back to Chicago. Thank you for making this trip memorable in a terrible way. I will never book or recommend Kayak or use American Airlines again.

ORD
MSP
Okay 5.6

The touch down at MSP. Was sitting over the wing and barely felt it.

Was told carry on needed to be checked because there wasn't any more overhead room for my 9X14X16. So then I had to dig through it at the gate to remove lithium batteries and it took an additional 20+ minutes at MSP to get to baggage claim/wait/claim bag. There was plenty of room in overhead storage for my bag.

DFW
MSY
Excellent 10.0

Travel time

No snacks on flight. The charging stations come in between legs space and very uncomfortable they got to be re adjusted. Make sure these are taken care in upcoming flights.

Wed, Feb 21
SFO
DSM
6h 18m
Wed, Feb 28
DSM
SFO
5h 59m
Trip: 8 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
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San Francisco to Des Moines Flight Information

Avg. Flight Duration 3h 38m
Flights Arrive in Des Moines
Flights Depart from San Francisco
Flight Price $218
Distance 1547 miles
Airlines Frontier, United, American Airlines, Delta
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