The cheapest times to fly from ATL to DSM are
- January 1st to February 25th (except the week of January 29th)
- April 23rd to May 6th
- August 6th to November 18th
- early December
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 ATL to DSM is late October to early November. Prices can be as high as $719 for Sunday flights during mid March, or as low as $259 for Wednesday flights around late October to early November.
When to Fly to Des Moines
Flying from Atlanta, GA (ATL) to Des Moines, IA (DSM) will usually cost between $266 to $407 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late October to early November with an average ticket price of $295. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid March, with an average price of $455. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $160 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $327 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ATL to DSM flight.
See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the ATL to DSM route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.
Compared to other flights, the ATL to DSM flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Atlanta. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.27, which is below average.
Flight Prices by Day of the Week
Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to DSM, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into ATL. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly to Des Moines, and Fridays are the most expensive days to return to Atlanta. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $85 (23%) on this flight.
Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Wednesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $277. Return trip prices are from the DSM to ATL flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.
Departing Prices by Day
Return Trip Prices by Day
Nonstop Flights and Layovers
Travelers looking to fly from ATL to DSM can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 2 hour 19 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 ATL to DSM while comparing.
- 103 miles (166 km) away from DSM
- Usually 13.30% less expensive than DSM
- Nonstop flights available
Flight Questions Answered
Still have questions about flying from ATL to DSM? We’ve got answers.
Which airlines fly this route?
You can find 6 major airlines flying this route most often: American, Delta, Frontier, Qantas, Southwest, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.
How far away is it from Des Moines International Airport to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport?
The distance between the two airports is roughly 743 miles or 1196 kilometers.
How long does it take to fly from ATL to DSM?
The real-world flight time for a nonstop ATL to DSM flight is about 2 hour 19 minutes.
How many flights go between Atlanta, GA and Des Moines, IA?
It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 63 available flights from ATL to DSM.
Airport Location Info
|Origination airport name||Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport|
|Country||the United States|
|Destination airport name||Des Moines International Airport|
|City||Des Moines, IA|
|Country||the United States|
Late and Early Flight Data
Flights from ATL to DSM tend to depart as late as the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 27% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 8% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave DSM heading for ATL about 10 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Des Moines, IA is about 5 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:
- Delta: 10 minutes late
- Some airlines not reporting
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