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Cheap flights from Des Moines to Chicago (DSM - CHI)

The best prices from Des Moines to Chicago are usually found in July or April, booked 60 days in advance, depart on a Friday or Saturday and return on a Friday

How to find the cheapest flight from Des Moines to Chicago

All the information you need to plan the best DSM to CHI flight in 2022: compare Des Moines to Chicago flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Chicago.

DSM - CHI

Price

$176 - $290

CHI

Temperature

23 - 73.4 °F

CHI

Precipitation

1.7 - 4.9 inches

Popular in

January

High demand for flights, 21% potential price rise

Cheapest in

July

Best time to find cheap flights, 24% potential price drop

Round-trip from

$176

From Des Moines to Chicago (CHI)

One-way from

$136

One-way flight from Des Moines to Chicago (CHI)

What is the cheapest day to fly round-trip from Des Moines to Chicago?

It’s generally more expensive to depart on a Thursday, if you have to leave on this day you can still search on Cheapflights to find great options that meet your needs.

How far in advance should I book a flight from Des Moines to Chicago?

To save on the cost of your flight from Des Moines to Chicago, book at least 46 days before your planned departure. Booking around this time can save you about 29% on the cost of this flight compared to booking a flight leaving this week. We have found prices from $250 if you need a flight within two weeks. For flights within the next 72 hours, you can find tickets from as low as $313.

What is the cheapest month to fly from Des Moines to Chicago?

July is one of the best times of the year to fly to Chicago from Des Moines. Prices for July average $231 per person but you can even find prices for as low as $106. The most expensive prices can be found in the month of January. Opting for a July flight can save you 25% on your journey compared to booking in July

When is the cheapest time to fly from Des Moines to Chicago (DSM - CHI)?

Unlike at noon, when flights are generally more expensive, you can save up to 12% on flights from Des Moines to Chicago by exploring options for tickets in the evening.

Cheap flights from Des Moines to Chicago in January, February 2022

The best prices found for DSM to CHI flights for January, February
Feb 8 - Mar 1
DSM

Des Moines

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Nonstop

1h 33m
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

DSM

Des Moines

Nonstop

1h 24m
$78

United Airlines

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Deal found 1/25/22

Feb 8 - Mar 1
DSM

Des Moines

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

1 stop

4h 36m
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

DSM

Des Moines

Nonstop

1h 24m
$95

Multiple Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 1/25/22

Feb 18 - Feb 21
DSM

Des Moines

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Nonstop

1h 32m
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

DSM

Des Moines

Nonstop

1h 24m
$101

United Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 1/25/22

Des Moines to Chicago 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to Chicago from Des Moines found for this year
Feb 8 - Mar 1
DSM

Des Moines

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Nonstop

1h 33m
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

DSM

Des Moines

Nonstop

1h 24m
$78

United Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 1/25/22

Mar 25 - Mar 29
DSM

Des Moines

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Nonstop

1h 32m
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

DSM

Des Moines

Nonstop

1h 28m
$88

United Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 1/25/22

Feb 8 - Mar 1
DSM

Des Moines

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

1 stop

4h 36m
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

DSM

Des Moines

Nonstop

1h 24m
$95

Multiple Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 1/25/22

Non-stop flights to Chicago from Des Moines

Save time with Des Moines to Chicago direct flight deals
Feb 8 - Mar 1
DSM

Des Moines

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Nonstop

1h 33m
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

DSM

Des Moines

Nonstop

1h 24m
$78

United Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 1/25/22

Mar 25 - Mar 29
DSM

Des Moines

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Nonstop

1h 32m
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

DSM

Des Moines

Nonstop

1h 28m
$88

United Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 1/25/22

Feb 18 - Feb 21
DSM

Des Moines

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Nonstop

1h 32m
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

DSM

Des Moines

Nonstop

1h 24m
$101

United Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 1/25/22

Last minute flights from Des Moines to Chicago

Late deals on return flights to Chicago from Des Moines, departing today and this week
Feb 4 - Feb 23
DSM

Des Moines

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

2 stops

25h 57m
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

DSM

Des Moines

1 stop

17h 03m
$202

Multiple Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 1/22/22

Feb 4 - Feb 23
DSM

Des Moines

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

2 stops

25h 57m
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

DSM

Des Moines

2 stops

26h 15m
$212

Multiple Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 1/22/22

Feb 4 - Feb 23
DSM

Des Moines

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

1 stop

12h 28m
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

DSM

Des Moines

1 stop

17h 03m
$213

Multiple Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 1/22/22

One-way flights to Chicago All airports from Des Moines

The cheapest one-way flights from Des Moines to Chicago
Feb 8
DSM

Des Moines

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Nonstop

1h 33m
$39

United Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 1/25/22

Feb 18
DSM

Des Moines

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Nonstop

1h 32m
$49

United Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 1/24/22

Mar 8
DSM

Des Moines

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

1 stop

6h 26m
$86

Frontier

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Deal found 1/23/22

Related info for your journey

Useful info, stats and facts about Des Moines to Chicago flights.

What airport do you fly from for flights from Des Moines to Chicago?

Most people fly from Des Moines (DSM) if they book a flight from Des Moines to Chicago. On average, Des Moines has 22 outbound flights to Chicago per day from 4 airlines. Des Moines is conveniently located just 3.6 mi from Des Moines’s city center.

Which airlines flying from Des Moines to Chicago have flexible cancellations due to COVID-19?

Some of the carriers operating flights from Des Moines to Chicago that may be offering flexible cancellation policies are American Airlines, United Airlines, and Delta. Our site will let you filter for all airlines offering greater flexibility due to COVID-19.

Can I find flights from Des Moines to Chicago for under $200 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from Des Moines to Chicago for under $200. The cheapest flight booked recently is on United Airlines for just $101, but on average you can expect to pay $185.

Are there nonstop flights from Des Moines to Chicago for under $100 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has at least 20 direct flights from Des Moines to Chicago under $100. A good price for a nonstop flight from Des Moines to Chicago is less than $212.

Are there last-minute flights available from Des Moines to Chicago for under $300?

There are currently 20+ open flights from Des Moines to Chicago within the next 7 days for less than $300.

What days are nonstop flights available from Des Moines to Chicago?

You can find nonstop flights on the following days: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

How many flights depart from Des Moines to Chicago on average per day?

28 flight departures from Des Moines to Chicago per day on average.
Early Morning (Midnight to 6am) - 18% of flight departures
Morning (6am - Noon) - 43% of flight departures
Afternoon (Noon - 6pm) - 39% of flight departures

How long is the flight from Des Moines to Chicago?

Airlines like United Airlines, Frontier, and American Airlines fly from Des Moines to Chicago in about 1h 32m. The time it takes to get you to your destination can typically vary by up to 19h 25m. Airlines will cover a distance of 299 mi. This flight may include one or multiple stops.

What are the cheapest airlines flying from Des Moines to Chicago round-trip?

Our cheapest airline available from Des Moines to Chicago is United Airlines. Our recent data shows that you can find tickets from as low as $101 on this airline. Additional options worth looking into are Frontier and American Airlines, starting at $174 and $198 round-trip. United Airlines is currently priced 56% below the average price you’ll pay for this route.

What are the cheapest airlines to fly from Des Moines to Chicago one-way?

The cheapest airlines for a one-way flight from Des Moines to Chicago are United Airlines ($39), Frontier ($86), and Delta ($108).

What are the most popular routes from Des Moines to Chicago?

When deciding which route to take from Des Moines to Chicago consider Des Moines - Chicago O'Hare Intl, Des Moines - Chicago Midway or Des Moines - Chicago Greater Rockford as they are the most popular.

What are the most popular airlines that fly from Des Moines to Chicago?

Before booking your flight from Des Moines to Chicago check out the most popular airlines for this route: Major Airline, American Airlines or Delta.

What are the most reliable airlines from Des Moines to Chicago?

Looking for the most reliable airlines to get you to your destination on time? Our data shows these are most likely to get you from Des Moines to Chicago on time: Air Wisconsin (93%), Mesa Airlines (88%), SAS (88%).

What are the cheapest flights from Des Moines to Chicago?

Looking for the cheapest flight from Des Moines to Chicago? While on average our users pay $160, our data indicates the cheapest price to be $48. The most popular route (Des Moines - Chicago O'Hare Intl), is priced around $173.

Can I fly to Chicago from Des Moines right now?

Information is based on travel restrictions for travel to Chicago within the United States

Most visitors from Des Moines need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter Chicago.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Des Moines must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 24 hours before departing to Chicago.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Des Moines are not required to quarantine after entering Chicago.

Can I fly back to Des Moines from Chicago?

Returning to Des Moines from Chicago

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Chicago must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 24 hours before departing to Des Moines.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Chicago are not required to quarantine after entering Des Moines.

Alternative routes for Des Moines to Chicago

See prices for flight routes from nearby airports that may be better suited for you.

Top 3 airlines flying from Des Moines to Chicago

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users traveling from Des Moines to Chicago choose most often. Cheapest and average prices are based on aggregated data from the past 12 months.
AirlineCheapestAverageFlexibilityOn-timeCOVID-19 safety
Delta
Cheapest$147
Average$336
FlexibilityNo cancel fee
On-timeN/A
COVID-19 safety
United Airlines
Cheapest$163
Average$247
FlexibilityNo cancel fee
On-time69%
COVID-19 safety
American Airlines
Cheapest$163
Average$283
FlexibilityNo cancel fee
On-time71%
COVID-19 safety

Hourly flight availability from Des Moines to Chicago

See what time of day planes typically take off from Des Moines to Chicago
8%of flight departuresEarly morningMidnight to 6 am
51%of flight departuresMorning6 am to noon
41%of flight departuresAfternoonNoon to 6 pm
0%of flight departuresEvening6 pm to midnight
Midnight
6 AM
Noon
6 PM

Weekly flight availability from Des Moines to Chicago

See how many times per day planes take to the skies headed from Des Moines to Chicago
Sunday30daily flights
Monday22daily flights
Tuesday18daily flights
Wednesday17daily flights
Thursday23daily flights
Friday30daily flights
Saturday18daily flights