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Low Season:
December
Best time to beat the crowds
2%
expected price decrease
High Season:
June
Most popular time to fly
10%
expected price increase
Average Price:
$378
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good Deal:
$269
or less (round trip)

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Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $269 or less.
The cheapest flight from Washington to Des Moines was found 90 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 May, June and July. The cheapest month to fly is December.
Morning departure is around 1% more expensive than an evening flight, on average*.
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FAQs for Booking Washington to Des Moines Flights

How long does a flight from Washington to Des Moines take?
An average nonstop flight takes 2h 38m, covering a distance of 894 miles.
How many flights are there between Washington and Des Moines?
There are 8 (nonstop) flights between Washington and Des Moines per week, averaging 1 per day.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from Washington to Des Moines?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest round-trip tickets were found on United ($106), American Airlines ($275) and Delta ($383).
Do I need a passport to fly between Washington and Des Moines?
No.
Which airlines fly most frequently between Washington and Des Moines?
American Airlines (1 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly Washington to Des Moines?
For Washington to Des Moines, Tuesday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Thursday is the most expensive. Flying from Des Moines back to Washington, the best deals are generally found on Tuesday, with Friday being the most expensive.

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Airports
Origin
Washington
$106
only
$106
$275
only
$275
Destination
Des Moines
$106
only
$106
Tue, Mar 6
IAD
DSM
4h 16m
Tue, Mar 13
DSM
IAD
4h 34m
Trip: 7 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 53853 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
IAH
PNS
Mediocre 2.0

delayed in piecemeal by 6 hrs before move to another gate. than mechanical delay and then cancelled. Arrived at hotel after midnight without food or drink. Substitute flight was next day noon - original offer was for late afternoon flight! That flight had poor service. Attendant dawdled so there were no drinks served.

DEN
FLL
Excellent 10.0

Phone charging outlet under my seat didn't work.

IAD
BRU
Excellent 8.3

Very friendly cabin crew made this trip pleasant and entertaining.

Despite plenty of empty seats, the ground personnel would not consider changing our seat assignment at the gate to allow us to sit together.

EWR
SJU
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing

Terrible service. Flight delayed (two hours).

IAD
AMS
Mediocre 2.0

I didn't go. It was $400 just to change my name on my ticket from my maiden name to my married name. I am so disappointed and will never use Kayak again!!!

Sat, Feb 10
DCA
DSM
2h 47m
Thu, Feb 15
DSM
DCA
2h 23m
Trip: 6 days
8.7ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.7 Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
LGA
CLT
Excellent 10.0

We had two medical emergency on board so the flight attendant took care of them really well

They check in my hand carry my whole point of carrying is not to be bother with claing my luggage

SNA
DFW
Mediocre 3.6

We were unfortunately stuck on the tarmac for 45 minutes. I ran to my connecting gate but they had already closed it. There wasn’t a service rep at the gate. I walked to another gate and there was a very helpful rep who rebooked me to a nearby city. It overall was disappointing and caused me to get home about 3 1/2 hours later.

DFW
BMI
Mediocre 3.6

I didn’t make this flight.

ORD
PHL
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing - the flight from Chicago to Philadelphia was delayed by about 2 hours. Luckily, was able to get the flight switched to a Chicago - London direct flight.

The connecting flight from Philadelphia to Manchester would've been missed. So, American Airlines booked the same flight for 24 hours later. Luckily, they offered a different flight. Due to the flight changes, the prepaid ground transportation from Manchester to Leeds wasn't used. Transportation from London to Leeds had to be purchased at a much greater additional expense.

TPA
DFW
Good 6.3

Decent boarding group, same snacks, same flight attendants (who were very nice)

My only gripe is that paying for an assigned seat is only allowed 48 hours before takeoff and costs at least $30, twice what Spirit charges to allow you to select a seat during booking, so it is worse. No one watched us to ensure that we didn’t use the overhead bins (a stipulation of the fare) but we did comply anyway. We chose to take our chances and were assigned seats at the gate 16 rows apart and both in the middle seat.

Tue, Mar 27
IAD
DSM
5h 40m
Sun, Apr 1
DSM
IAD
4h 17m
Trip: 6 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 15315 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.3
CUN
ATL
Mediocre 3.6

The crew on board were helpful

Delta staff at airport were unprofessional. They had us spend over an hour traveling to a different TSA line because they closed the line we were in. The other line was a 10 minute drive away. Also our bags did not reach philadelphia when we landed at 3 am.

LIM
ATL
Excellent 8.0

The crew, food, plane, everything was excellent

TLH
ATL
Mediocre 2.0

Ice in the morning in Atlanta and Delta cancels my 6pm flight to Atlanta leaving me no flight home that night.

CUN
ATL
Excellent 9.6

The weather was bad in Atlanta. We were rerouted to Minneapolis and made a connection to Philadelphia. No problems.

ATL
MEX
Excellent 8.3

Tudo conforme esperado em um voo da Delta.

Nada a reclamar.

Mon, Jan 22
DCA
DSM
24h 30m
Thu, Feb 1
DSM
DCA
6h 53m
Trip: 11 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33589 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.

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.

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.

ONT
AUS
Excellent 9.5

The crew were kind and efficient and the planes were clean and well maintained.

No entertainment on the flights, but that is to be expected for the price.

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

Thu, Jan 25
IAD
DSM
15h 30m
Mon, Jan 29
DSM
IAD
14h 17m
Trip: 5 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Fri, Apr 20
DCA
DSM
2h 44m
Sun, Apr 22
DSM
DCA
2h 17m
Trip: 3 days
8.7ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.7 Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
MAD
PHL
Good 7.0

Flight was not full.

Luggage was very late and arrived at the wrong carousel.

DFW
PHL
Mediocre 3.0

They separated my bags, so I had to wait in Philadelphia for my bag to arrive on next flight 2 1/2 hours latter. Not happy after flying from Sydney.

SLC
CLT
Okay 4.0

Flight attendants

The flight got delayed from salt lake and we had to spend a day in Charlotte before another flight came

DFW
SAT
Okay 5.6

The flight was so short we did not even get a snack, only an offer of a bottle of water; this was simply due to to short length of the flight. Basic economy had my wife and I 16 rows apart each in a middle seat. I was in the very last seat on the plane. Flight attendants were attentive and surprisingly very nice, legroom is non-existent (same as every flight in plain coach).

High cost to prebook seats was twice what Spirit or Frontier would charge

SNA
DFW
Mediocre 3.6

We were unfortunately stuck on the tarmac for 45 minutes. I ran to my connecting gate but they had already closed it. There wasn’t a service rep at the gate. I walked to another gate and there was a very helpful rep who rebooked me to a nearby city. It overall was disappointing and caused me to get home about 3 1/2 hours later.

Tue, May 8
DCA
DSM
2h 38m
Tue, May 15
DSM
DCA
2h 21m
Trip: 8 days
8.7ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.7 Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
DCA
DSM
Good 7.3

crew was nice.

plane was small and had no room for carry on flight was late.

DFW
GEG
Excellent 8.0

Food could have been better. Plane was 1/2 full. WiFi was not giving all the movies. Only 6 or 7 to choose from.

SFO
LAX
Excellent 10.0

great flight

TPA
DFW
Good 6.3

Decent boarding group, same snacks, same flight attendants (who were very nice)

My only gripe is that paying for an assigned seat is only allowed 48 hours before takeoff and costs at least $30, twice what Spirit charges to allow you to select a seat during booking, so it is worse. No one watched us to ensure that we didn’t use the overhead bins (a stipulation of the fare) but we did comply anyway. We chose to take our chances and were assigned seats at the gate 16 rows apart and both in the middle seat.

ORD
PHL
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing - the flight from Chicago to Philadelphia was delayed by about 2 hours. Luckily, was able to get the flight switched to a Chicago - London direct flight.

The connecting flight from Philadelphia to Manchester would've been missed. So, American Airlines booked the same flight for 24 hours later. Luckily, they offered a different flight. Due to the flight changes, the prepaid ground transportation from Manchester to Leeds wasn't used. Transportation from London to Leeds had to be purchased at a much greater additional expense.

Sat, Jun 2
IAD
DSM
3h 55m
Tue, Jun 5
DSM
IAD
3h 49m
Trip: 4 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 53853 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
AUS
IAH
Mediocre 2.6

flights delayed overall

service. flights were delayed and they said there was nothing they could do

EWR
SJU
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing

Terrible service. Flight delayed (two hours).

PVG
ORD
Okay 4.6

Entertainment, and leg space.

Full plane, long wait to use lavatory. Crew was good, but should have upped their game under the circumstances, especially with regards to keeping the lavatory clean. The noodles for breakfast turned out to be porridge, and went straight to the waste basket.

MCO
IAH
Mediocre 3.0

Flight was cancelled on our way back home from Gudalajara, was speaking to a representative for almost 2 hours to get me on the next flight the flight representative forgot to put me on hold and told everyone how rude i was, i was not rude i was just trying to get home. The representative couldn’t help me so i asked to be transferred to a manager, after 2 hours i was transferred and the manager hung the phone up. Long story short i called back spoke to another manager Yana and she was the rudest lady ever! She basically told me for waiting to long i will have to be placed on a flight 2 days after my cancellation flight. I started to cry because i needed to be home and she basically did not care so i took the date. Never again and i will warn everyone about this airline and their customer service!

ORD
YUL
Mediocre 2.0

the comped hotel

Improper handling of situation. There was flight scheduled later, but CS agent kept jerking us around. By the time I reached the United counter, the next flight was full. My total flight time was 36 hours. I still can’t believe that the pilot was missing. Worse yet, the agent at the gate could have made things much easier instead of telling everyone that a pilot was on his way to the airport.

Sat, Feb 10
IAD
DSM
8h 18m
Sat, Feb 17
DSM
IAD
5h 34m
Trip: 8 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 27334 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
SFO
LAX
Excellent 10.0

great flight

TPA
DFW
Good 6.3

Decent boarding group, same snacks, same flight attendants (who were very nice)

My only gripe is that paying for an assigned seat is only allowed 48 hours before takeoff and costs at least $30, twice what Spirit charges to allow you to select a seat during booking, so it is worse. No one watched us to ensure that we didn’t use the overhead bins (a stipulation of the fare) but we did comply anyway. We chose to take our chances and were assigned seats at the gate 16 rows apart and both in the middle seat.

DFW
PHL
Mediocre 3.0

They separated my bags, so I had to wait in Philadelphia for my bag to arrive on next flight 2 1/2 hours latter. Not happy after flying from Sydney.

SLC
CLT
Okay 4.0

Flight attendants

The flight got delayed from salt lake and we had to spend a day in Charlotte before another flight came

MAD
PHL
Good 7.0

Flight was not full.

Luggage was very late and arrived at the wrong carousel.

Thu, Apr 19
IAD
DSM
5h 40m
Mon, Apr 23
DSM
IAD
7h 40m
Trip: 5 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 27334 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
TPA
DFW
Good 6.3

Decent boarding group, same snacks, same flight attendants (who were very nice)

My only gripe is that paying for an assigned seat is only allowed 48 hours before takeoff and costs at least $30, twice what Spirit charges to allow you to select a seat during booking, so it is worse. No one watched us to ensure that we didn’t use the overhead bins (a stipulation of the fare) but we did comply anyway. We chose to take our chances and were assigned seats at the gate 16 rows apart and both in the middle seat.

DFW
PHL
Mediocre 3.0

They separated my bags, so I had to wait in Philadelphia for my bag to arrive on next flight 2 1/2 hours latter. Not happy after flying from Sydney.

DFW
SAT
Okay 5.6

The flight was so short we did not even get a snack, only an offer of a bottle of water; this was simply due to to short length of the flight. Basic economy had my wife and I 16 rows apart each in a middle seat. I was in the very last seat on the plane. Flight attendants were attentive and surprisingly very nice, legroom is non-existent (same as every flight in plain coach).

High cost to prebook seats was twice what Spirit or Frontier would charge

DFW
BMI
Mediocre 3.6

I didn’t make this flight.

MAD
PHL
Good 7.0

Flight was not full.

Luggage was very late and arrived at the wrong carousel.

Tue, May 8
IAD
DSM
4h 16m
Tue, May 15
DSM
IAD
4h 46m
Trip: 8 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 27334 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
MAD
PHL
Good 7.0

Flight was not full.

Luggage was very late and arrived at the wrong carousel.

SNA
DFW
Mediocre 3.6

We were unfortunately stuck on the tarmac for 45 minutes. I ran to my connecting gate but they had already closed it. There wasn’t a service rep at the gate. I walked to another gate and there was a very helpful rep who rebooked me to a nearby city. It overall was disappointing and caused me to get home about 3 1/2 hours later.

DFW
SAT
Okay 5.6

The flight was so short we did not even get a snack, only an offer of a bottle of water; this was simply due to to short length of the flight. Basic economy had my wife and I 16 rows apart each in a middle seat. I was in the very last seat on the plane. Flight attendants were attentive and surprisingly very nice, legroom is non-existent (same as every flight in plain coach).

High cost to prebook seats was twice what Spirit or Frontier would charge

ORD
PHL
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing - the flight from Chicago to Philadelphia was delayed by about 2 hours. Luckily, was able to get the flight switched to a Chicago - London direct flight.

The connecting flight from Philadelphia to Manchester would've been missed. So, American Airlines booked the same flight for 24 hours later. Luckily, they offered a different flight. Due to the flight changes, the prepaid ground transportation from Manchester to Leeds wasn't used. Transportation from London to Leeds had to be purchased at a much greater additional expense.

TPA
DFW
Good 6.3

Decent boarding group, same snacks, same flight attendants (who were very nice)

My only gripe is that paying for an assigned seat is only allowed 48 hours before takeoff and costs at least $30, twice what Spirit charges to allow you to select a seat during booking, so it is worse. No one watched us to ensure that we didn’t use the overhead bins (a stipulation of the fare) but we did comply anyway. We chose to take our chances and were assigned seats at the gate 16 rows apart and both in the middle seat.

Fri, Jun 1
DCA
DSM
5h 25m
Mon, Jun 4
DSM
DCA
4h 44m
Trip: 4 days
8.7ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.7 Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
ORD
PHL
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing - the flight from Chicago to Philadelphia was delayed by about 2 hours. Luckily, was able to get the flight switched to a Chicago - London direct flight.

The connecting flight from Philadelphia to Manchester would've been missed. So, American Airlines booked the same flight for 24 hours later. Luckily, they offered a different flight. Due to the flight changes, the prepaid ground transportation from Manchester to Leeds wasn't used. Transportation from London to Leeds had to be purchased at a much greater additional expense.

SFO
LAX
Excellent 10.0

great flight

MAD
PHL
Good 7.0

Flight was not full.

Luggage was very late and arrived at the wrong carousel.

SNA
DFW
Mediocre 3.6

We were unfortunately stuck on the tarmac for 45 minutes. I ran to my connecting gate but they had already closed it. There wasn’t a service rep at the gate. I walked to another gate and there was a very helpful rep who rebooked me to a nearby city. It overall was disappointing and caused me to get home about 3 1/2 hours later.

DFW
BMI
Mediocre 3.6

I didn’t make this flight.

Tue, Mar 27
DCA
DSM
2h 53m
Sun, Apr 1
DSM
DCA
2h 18m
Trip: 6 days
8.7ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.7 Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
ORD
PHL
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing - the flight from Chicago to Philadelphia was delayed by about 2 hours. Luckily, was able to get the flight switched to a Chicago - London direct flight.

The connecting flight from Philadelphia to Manchester would've been missed. So, American Airlines booked the same flight for 24 hours later. Luckily, they offered a different flight. Due to the flight changes, the prepaid ground transportation from Manchester to Leeds wasn't used. Transportation from London to Leeds had to be purchased at a much greater additional expense.

DFW
BMI
Mediocre 3.6

I didn’t make this flight.

DFW
GEG
Excellent 8.0

Food could have been better. Plane was 1/2 full. WiFi was not giving all the movies. Only 6 or 7 to choose from.

DFW
PHL
Mediocre 3.0

They separated my bags, so I had to wait in Philadelphia for my bag to arrive on next flight 2 1/2 hours latter. Not happy after flying from Sydney.

MAD
PHL
Good 7.0

Flight was not full.

Luggage was very late and arrived at the wrong carousel.

Mon, Mar 5
DCA
DSM
2h 53m
Tue, Mar 6
DSM
DCA
2h 22m
Trip: 2 days
8.7ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.7 Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
SLC
CLT
Okay 4.0

Flight attendants

The flight got delayed from salt lake and we had to spend a day in Charlotte before another flight came

LGA
CLT
Excellent 10.0

We had two medical emergency on board so the flight attendant took care of them really well

They check in my hand carry my whole point of carrying is not to be bother with claing my luggage

SFO
LAX
Excellent 10.0

great flight

DFW
PHL
Mediocre 3.0

They separated my bags, so I had to wait in Philadelphia for my bag to arrive on next flight 2 1/2 hours latter. Not happy after flying from Sydney.

TPA
DFW
Good 6.3

Decent boarding group, same snacks, same flight attendants (who were very nice)

My only gripe is that paying for an assigned seat is only allowed 48 hours before takeoff and costs at least $30, twice what Spirit charges to allow you to select a seat during booking, so it is worse. No one watched us to ensure that we didn’t use the overhead bins (a stipulation of the fare) but we did comply anyway. We chose to take our chances and were assigned seats at the gate 16 rows apart and both in the middle seat.

Tue, Jan 23
IAD
DSM
6h 37m
Thu, Jan 25
DSM
IAD
14h 14m
Trip: 3 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
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Washington to Des Moines Flight Information

Avg. Flight Duration 2h 33m
Flights Arrive in Des Moines
Flights Depart from Washington
Flight Price $106
Distance 894 miles
Airlines United, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier
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