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Cheap flights from Des Moines to San Diego (DSM - SAN)

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The best prices from Des Moines to San Diego are usually found in August or July, booked 36 days in advance, depart on a Saturday or Wednesday and return on a Wednesday

How to find the cheapest flight from
Des Moines (DSM) to San Diego (SAN)

DSM - SAN
Price
$207 - $512
SAN
Temperature
66.2 - 80.6 °F
SAN
Rainfall
0 - 2.8 inches

Popular in

December

High demand for flights, 37% potential price rise

Cheapest in

August

Best time to find cheap flights, 36% potential price drop

Round-trip from

$207

From Des Moines to San Diego

One-way from

$135

One-way flight from Des Moines to San Diego

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
What is the cheapest day to fly round-trip from Des Moines to San Diego?

It’s generally more expensive to depart on a Friday, 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 San Diego?

To save on the cost of your flight from Des Moines to San Diego, book at least 35 days before your planned departure. Booking around this time can save you about 42% on the cost of this flight compared to booking a flight leaving this week. We have found prices from $381 if you need a flight within two weeks. For flights within the next 72 hours, you can find tickets from as low as $460.

What is the cheapest month to fly from Des Moines to San Diego?

Due to multiple factors, expect to potentially pay more when booking in December. For low rates, August can be a great choice for travel to San Diego. Flights to San Diego from Des Moines in August are about $326 on average during August, but can be found for as low as $138.

When is the cheapest time to fly from Des Moines to San Diego (DSM - SAN)?

When flying from Des Moines to San Diego, the time of day you fly usually plays a role in the price. Save by searching for a flight in the afternoon, which can drop the price by up to 26% versus a flight at noon.

Cheap flights from Des Moines to San Diego in December, January 2021

The best prices found for DSM to SAN flights for December, January
21 Dec - 6 Jan
$68pp
DSM
Des Moines
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SAN
San Diego
SAN
San Diego
Frontier
 
1 STOP
DSM
Des Moines
11 Jan - 18 Jan
$73pp
DSM
Des Moines
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SAN
San Diego
SAN
San Diego
Frontier
 
1 STOP
DSM
Des Moines
17 Dec - 28 Dec
$74pp
DSM
Des Moines
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SAN
San Diego
SAN
San Diego
Frontier
 
1 STOP
DSM
Des Moines

Des Moines to San Diego 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to San Diego from Des Moines found for this year
21 Dec - 6 Jan
$68pp
DSM
Des Moines
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SAN
San Diego
SAN
San Diego
Frontier
 
1 STOP
DSM
Des Moines
17 Dec - 28 Dec
$74pp
DSM
Des Moines
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SAN
San Diego
SAN
San Diego
Frontier
 
1 STOP
DSM
Des Moines
25 Dec - 11 Jan
$85pp
DSM
Des Moines
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SAN
San Diego
SAN
San Diego
Frontier
 
1 STOP
DSM
Des Moines

Last minute flights from Des Moines to San Diego

Late deals on round-trip flights to San Diego from Des Moines, departing today and this week
13 Dec - 17 Dec
$124pp
DSM
Des Moines
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SAN
San Diego
SAN
San Diego
Frontier
 
1 STOP
DSM
Des Moines
13 Dec - 17 Dec
$125pp
DSM
Des Moines
Frontier
   
2 STOPS
SAN
San Diego
SAN
San Diego
Frontier
 
1 STOP
DSM
Des Moines
13 Dec - 17 Dec
$140pp
DSM
Des Moines
Frontier
   
2 STOPS
SAN
San Diego
SAN
San Diego
Frontier
 
1 STOP
DSM
Des Moines

One-way flights to San Diego from Des Moines

The cheapest one-way flights from Des Moines to San Diego
3:16 pm - 5:55 am
Frontier
1 Stop
16h 39m
DSM - SAN
Frontier
$135
FlightNetwork
6:45 am - 6:23 pm
United Airlines
2 Stops
13h 38m
DSM - SAN
United Airlines
$202
United
2:00 am - 8:43 am
American Airlines
1 Stop
8h 43m
DSM - SAN
American Airlines

Related info for your journey

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

Flight FAQs

From Des Moines to San Diego

Are flight prices decreasing from Des Moines to San Diego due to COVID-19 (coronavirus)?

At this time, Cheapflights has noticed price decreases for many domestic flights due to COVID-19. Travel is not necessarily recommended at this time, and flights may be prone to cancellation: please check with local authorities in both Des Moines and San Diego for travel alerts, and be sure to review the airline's cancellation policy and travel advisories before booking. For more information, please view our post on what to know about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and travel.

What safety measures are being taken by airlines flying from Des Moines to San Diego to control the spread of COVID-19?

Delta is one of the many airlines that have implemented additional safety measures to control the spread of COVID-19. Some of the new policies that have been implemented to accommodate travelers flying from Des Moines to San Diego are improved sanitation, HEPA filters, mask requirements, social distance seating (for a limited time), and pre-flight testing for antibodies and symptoms. Policies will vary by airline.

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

United Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta are some of the carriers that may have flexible cancellation policies. You can use our site to filter for other airlines that may also have this kind of flexibility.

Can I find flights from Des Moines to San Diego for under $100 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from Des Moines to San Diego for under $100. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Frontier for just $68, but on average you can expect to pay $129.

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

There are no nonstop flights from Des Moines to San Diego, but Cheapflights can provide you with all the information you need to find the fastest route with the fewest stops.

Are there last-minute flights available from Des Moines to San Diego for under $200?

There are currently 20+ open flights from Des Moines to San Diego within the next 7 days for less than $200.

How popular is this flight route?

The Des Moines to San Diego flight path was viewed by 30 users in the past month. Keep an eye out for changes in search interest prior to high and low season.

Does it rain more in Des Moines or San Diego?

In Des Moines, there will be less rainfall in Des Moines compared to San Diego over the next 11 days.

Is Des Moines weather warmer or cooler than San Diego?

With an average temperature of 86 °F, peak weather can be found in July. As a traveler, expect to see changes in flight prices during that period. The temperatures in San Diego are colder than in Des Moines.

How long is the flight from Des Moines to San Diego?

Frontier can get you from Des Moines to San Diego in just under 5h 28m. Your travel time can differ by up to .

What is the cheapest airline to fly from Des Moines to San Diego round-trip?

Flying on Frontier is currently your cheapest option to San Diego, with prices starting at $68. Frontier is priced at 78% lower than the current average price of a flight leaving 3 months from now.

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

One-way options have recently been found by users for as low as $17 on Frontier. Other airlines that offer cheap prices include United Airlines from $113 and American Airlines from $133 one-way.

Alternative routes for Des Moines to San Diego

Destination information for San Diego

Things to know before you go. Useful info for your trip from Des Moines to San Diego
Average temperature for December in San Diego
68.0 °F
Avg rainfall for December in San Diego
2.4 ″

Airports servicing Des Moines

Airports servicing San Diego

Top 4 airlines from Des Moines to San Diego

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users traveling from Des Moines to San Diego choose most often. Cheapest and average prices are based on aggregated data from the past 12 months.

Airline Cheapest Average Flexibility On-time COVID-19 safety
Frontier
$114 $239 No cancel fee 62%
United Airlines
$108 $329 No cancel fee 69%
Delta
$122 $344 No cancel fee N/A
American Airlines
$107 $390 No cancel fee 71%
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