Cheap flights from Des Moines to Washington (DSM - WAS)

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The best prices from Des Moines to Washington are usually found in August or January, booked 56 days in advance, depart on a Thursday or Friday and return on a Saturday

How to find the cheapest flight from
Des Moines (DSM) to Washington (WAS)

All the information you need to plan the best DSM to WAS flight in 2021: compare Des Moines to Washington flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Washington.
DSM - WAS
Price
$247 - $391
WAS
Temperature
48.2 - 89.6 °F
WAS
Rainfall
2.4 - 4.2 inches

Popular in

March

High demand for flights, 18% potential price rise

Cheapest in

August

Best time to find cheap flights, 23% potential price drop

Round-trip from

$247

From Des Moines to Washington

One-way from

$158

One-way flight from Des Moines to Washington

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 Washington?

Leaving on a Wednesday is a viable option for saving on travel. Heavily demanded days of the week can typically drive up the prices you see. Booking your travel for a less competitive day can save up to 39% on the overall cost on flights from Des Moines to Washington.

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

When searching for a good deal, it’s best to be prepared for potential fluctuations in price. We recommend booking at least 43 days in advance, which can save you up to 14% on flights from Des Moines to Washington compared to booking the week you need them. Waiting 43 days out may not be for everyone, so we have options available for flights within the next two weeks, with the lowest price starting at $262. For sooner than that we have options available in the next 3 days from $293.

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

Flights from Des Moines to Washington lean towards being more expensive in June. Prices are generally better when you fly from Des Moines to Washington in August, with the cheapest ticket starting at $90.

When is the cheapest time to fly from Des Moines to Washington (DSM - WAS)?

A simple way to save on the total cost of your ticket is to fly from Des Moines to Washington in the evening. If you’re flexible enough to do this you can expect to save up to 35% on your trip compared to booking a flight in the afternoon.

Cheap flights from Des Moines to Washington in June, July 2021

The best prices found for DSM to WAS flights for June, July
28 Jul - 3 Aug
$283pp
DSM
Des Moines
American Airlines
Non-Stop
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
American Airlines
Non-Stop
DSM
Des Moines
14 Jul - 21 Jul
$288pp
DSM
Des Moines
Delta
 
1 STOP
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Delta
 
1 STOP
DSM
Des Moines
27 Jul - 4 Aug
$291pp
DSM
Des Moines
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
American Airlines
Non-Stop
DSM
Des Moines

Des Moines to Washington 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Washington from Des Moines found for this year
28 Jul - 3 Aug
$283pp
DSM
Des Moines
American Airlines
Non-Stop
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
American Airlines
Non-Stop
DSM
Des Moines
11 Sep - 18 Sep
$288pp
DSM
Des Moines
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
DSM
Des Moines
17 Sep - 24 Sep
$289pp
DSM
Des Moines
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
DSM
Des Moines

Non-stop flights to Washington from Des Moines

Save time with Des Moines to Washington direct flight deals
28 Jul - 3 Aug
$283pp
DSM
Des Moines
American Airlines
Non-Stop
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
American Airlines
Non-Stop
DSM
Des Moines
29 Jul - 4 Aug
$294pp
DSM
Des Moines
American Airlines
Non-Stop
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
American Airlines
Non-Stop
DSM
Des Moines
17 Sep - 20 Sep
$305pp
DSM
Des Moines
American Airlines
Non-Stop
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
American Airlines
Non-Stop
DSM
Des Moines

Last minute flights from Des Moines to Washington

Late deals on round-trip flights to Washington from Des Moines, departing today and this week
22 Jun - 7 Jul
$334pp
DSM
Des Moines
American Airlines
   
2 STOPS
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
American Airlines
Non-Stop
DSM
Des Moines
22 Jun - 7 Jul
$338pp
DSM
Des Moines
American Airlines
   
2 STOPS
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
DSM
Des Moines
22 Jun - 2 Jul
$342pp
DSM
Des Moines
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
DSM
Des Moines

One-way flights to Washington from Des Moines

The cheapest one-way flights from Des Moines to Washington
2:35 pm - 12:58 pm
Frontier
1 Stop
21h 23m
DSM - DCA
Frontier
$158
Kiwi.com
1:00 pm - 8:19 pm
United Airlines
1 Stop
6h 19m
DSM - IAD
United Airlines
$168
United
2:40 am - 7:54 am
Delta
1 Stop
4h 14m
DSM - IAD
Delta
$189
Delta

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Flight FAQs

From Des Moines to Washington

Are flight prices decreasing from Des Moines to Washington 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 Washington 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.

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

Some of our airline partners flying from Des Moines to Washington have new flexible policies in place due to COVID-19. American Airlines, Delta, and United Airlines are some of the carriers where you may find flexible cancellation policies. You can use our site to filter for airlines like American Airlines with this kind of flexibility.

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

Des Moines (DSM), located 3.6 mi from the city center, is the airport you fly out of when you book flights from Des Moines to Washington. 5 airlines have flights from Des Moines to Washington on a regular basis. Booking flights from Des Moines to Washington should not be difficult; the airport handles an average of 1 outbound flight to Washington per day.

Can I find flights from Des Moines to Washington for under $300 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from Des Moines to Washington for under $300. The cheapest flight booked recently is on American Airlines for just $283, but on average you can expect to pay $296.

Are there nonstop flights from Des Moines to Washington for under $300 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has at least 20 direct flights from Des Moines to Washington under $300. A good price for a nonstop flight from Des Moines to Washington is less than $379.

Are there last-minute flights available from Des Moines to Washington for under $400?

There are currently 20+ open flights from Des Moines to Washington within the next 7 days for less than $400.

Is Des Moines weather warmer or cooler than Washington?

With an average temperature of 90 °F, peak weather can be found in July. As a traveler, expect to see changes in flight prices during that period. The temperatures in Washington are hotter than in Des Moines.

How long is the flight from Des Moines to Washington?

For as low as $319, American Airlines can have you in Washington from Des Moines in 2h 18m. This flight may include one or multiple stops.

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

Flying on American Airlines is currently your cheapest option to Washington, with prices starting at $283. Additional round-trip tickets that might be worth considering are offered by Delta and United Airlines, with the lowest prices starting at $293 and $301, respectively. Users have found that American Airlines is 12% cheaper than the other options available to this destination.

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

The cheapest airlines for a one-way flight from Des Moines to Washington are American Airlines ($142), Delta ($146), and United Airlines ($151).

Destination information for Washington

Things to know before you go - useful duration and weather info for your trip from Des Moines to Washington.
Flight duration
2h 24m
Average temperature for June in Washington
86.0 °F
Avg rainfall for June in Washington
4.2 ″

Airports servicing Des Moines

Airports servicing Washington

Reagan National (DCA)

Top 4 airlines flying from Des Moines to Washington

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users traveling from Des Moines to Washington 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
$133 $286 No cancel fee 62%
United Airlines
$95 $289 No cancel fee 69%
Delta
$148 $353 No cancel fee N/A
American Airlines
$200 $420 No cancel fee 71%

Hourly flight availability from Des Moines to Washington

See what time of day planes typically take off from Des Moines towards Washington.
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 58% of DSM to WAS departures
Afternoon Noon to 6 PM 42% of DSM to WAS departures
Morning 6 AM to noon 0% of DSM to WAS departures
Evening 6 PM to midnight 0% of DSM to WAS departures
Midnight
6 AM
Noon
6 PM
Weekly flight availability
from Des Moines to Washington
See how many times per day planes take to the skies headed from Des Moines to Washington.
Sunday
1 daily flight
Monday
2 daily flights
Tuesday
2 daily flights
Wednesday
1 daily flight
Thursday
1 daily flight
Friday
2 daily flights
Saturday
1 daily flight
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