The cheapest times to fly from BLI to DSM are

  • January 1st to April 15th (except the weeks of March 5th, March 19th, and April 2nd)
  • August 27th to December 9th (except the weeks of November 19th and November 26th)

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 BLI to DSM is early to mid January. Prices can be as high as $1119 for Sunday flights during mid December, or as low as $355 for Tuesday flights around early to mid January.


When to Fly to Des Moines

Flying from Bellingham, WA (BLI) to Des Moines, IA (DSM) will usually cost between $496 to $956 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid January with an average ticket price of $530. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $934. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $404 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $710 can be considered a good price for a round-trip BLI to DSM flight.

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

BLI to DSM Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the BLI to DSM flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Bellingham. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.3, which is in the normal range for a flight.


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 $201 (24%) 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 $613. Return trip prices are from the DSM to BLI flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from BLI to DSM can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 3 hour 39 minutes may not 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 not usually a nonstop flight from BLI to DSM while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Eppley Airfield Airport (OMA) in Omaha, NE

  • 117 miles (188 km) away from DSM
  • Usually 28.45% less expensive than DSM
  • 1-layover flights available

See BLI to OMA flights

Destination alternative #2: The Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) in Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA

  • 103 miles (166 km) away from DSM
  • Usually 2.11% less expensive than DSM
  • 2-layover flights available

See BLI to CID flights


Flight Hacking BLI to DSM

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from BLI to DSM — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Phoenix, AZ (BLI > AZA > DSM)

  • Price for both tickets: $493
  • Average savings: $218 (30.63%)

See BLI to AZA flights

Hack #2: Las Vegas, NV (BLI > LAS > DSM)

  • Price for both tickets: $557
  • Average savings: $154 (21.62%)

See BLI to LAS flights

Hack #3: Seattle, WA (BLI > SEA > DSM)

  • Price for both tickets: $566
  • Average savings: $144 (20.28%)

See BLI to SEA flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from BLI to DSM? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 4 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Des Moines International Airport to Bellingham International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1483 miles or 2387 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from BLI to DSM?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop BLI to DSM flight is about 3 hour 39 minutes.

How many flights go between Bellingham, WA and Des Moines, IA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 19 available flights from BLI to DSM.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code BLI
Origination airport name Bellingham International Airport
City Bellingham, WA
Country the United States
Latitude 48.8
Longitude -122.5

Return Airport

Destination code DSM
Destination airport name Des Moines International Airport
City Des Moines, IA
Country the United States
Latitude 41.5
Longitude -93.7


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