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The cheapest times to fly from LAX to DCA are

  • January 8th to March 11th
  • April 16th to May 6th
  • August 13th to September 30th
  • October 15th to November 18th

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from LAX to DCA is early December. Prices can be as high as $941 for Sunday flights during late July, or as low as $279 for Tuesday flights around early December.

 

When to Fly to Washington

Flying from Los Angeles, CA (LAX) to Washington, DC (DCA) will usually cost between $294 to $505 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early December with an average ticket price of $300. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $503. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $203 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $323 can be considered a good price for a round-trip LAX to DCA flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the LAX to DCA route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

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LAX to DCA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the LAX to DCA flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Los Angeles. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.09, which is far below average.

 

Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $109 (26%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $308. Return trip prices are from the DCA to LAX flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

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Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

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Return Day Prices

 

Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from LAX to DCA can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 5 hour 8 minutes may be realistic.

 

Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is a nonstop flight from LAX to DCA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) in Baltimore, MD

  • 30 miles (48 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 12.07% less expensive than DCA
  • Nonstop flights available

See LAX to BWI flights

Destination alternative #2: Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Washington, DC

  • 24 miles (39 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 3.87% less expensive than DCA
  • Nonstop flights available

See LAX to IAD flights

 

Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from LAX to DCA? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 12 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, China Eastern, Delta, Emirates, Frontier, Hawaiian, Iberia, JetBlue, Qatar Airways, Southwest, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to Los Angeles International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 2305 miles or 3710 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from LAX to DCA?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop LAX to DCA flight is about 5 hour 8 minutes.

How many flights go between Los Angeles, CA and Washington, DC?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 137 available flights from LAX to DCA.

 

Airport Location Info

 

Departing Airport

Origination codeLAX
Origination airport nameLos Angeles International Airport
CityLos Angeles, CA
Countrythe United States
Latitude33.9
Longitude-118.4

Return Airport

Destination codeDCA
Destination airport nameRonald Reagan Washington National Airport
CityWashington, DC
Countrythe United States
Latitude38.9
Longitude-77

 

Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from LAX to DCA tend to depart as late as the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 28% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 9% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave DCA heading for LAX about 10 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Washington, DC is about 3 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • Delta: 5 minutes late
  • American: 11 minutes late
  • Alaska: 14 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting

 

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