The cheapest times to fly from DCA to YAM are

  • January 1st to March 4th (except the week of February 12th)
  • August 6th to December 16th (except the weeks of August 27th and October 8th)

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 DCA to YAM is early to mid January. Prices can be as high as $752 for Sunday flights during mid December, or as low as $411 for Tuesday flights around early to mid January.


When to Fly to Sault Ste. Marie

Flying from Washington, DC (DCA) to Sault Ste. Marie (YAM) will usually cost between $414 to $588 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 $429. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $598. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $169 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $468 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DCA to YAM flight.

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

DCA to YAM Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DCA to YAM flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Washington. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.45, which is a bit above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to YAM, and Wednesday the cheapest day to fly back into DCA. 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 $86 (16%) 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 $444. Return trip prices are from the YAM to DCA 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 DCA to YAM can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 2 hour 9 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 DCA to YAM while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Sawyer International Airport (MQT) in Marquette, MI

  • 138 miles (222 km) away from YAM
  • Usually 22.76% less expensive than YAM
  • 1-layover flights available

See DCA to MQT flights

Destination alternative #2: Alpena County Regional Airport (APN) in Alpena, MI

  • 107 miles (172 km) away from YAM
  • Usually 22.12% less expensive than YAM
  • 1-layover flights available

See DCA to APN flights

Destination alternative #3: Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) in Traverse City, MI

  • 131 miles (211 km) away from YAM
  • Usually 22.01% less expensive than YAM
  • 1-layover flights available

See DCA to TVC flights

Destination alternative #4: Chippewa County International Airport (CIU) in Sault Ste. Marie, MI

  • 16 miles (26 km) away from YAM
  • Usually 17.09% less expensive than YAM
  • 1-layover flights available

See DCA to CIU flights

Destination alternative #5: Delta County Airport (ESC) in Escanaba, MI

  • 135 miles (217 km) away from YAM
  • Usually 15.81% less expensive than YAM
  • 1-layover flights available

See DCA to ESC flights

Destination alternative #6: Pellston Regional of Emmet County Airport (PLN) in Pellston, MI

  • 65 miles (105 km) away from YAM
  • Usually 11.86% less expensive than YAM
  • 1-layover flights available

See DCA to PLN flights


Flight Hacking DCA to YAM

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 DCA to YAM — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Toronto (DCA > YYZ > YAM)

  • Price for both tickets: $459
  • Average savings: $10 (2.03%)

See DCA to YYZ flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 4 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, American, Bearskin Lake Air Services, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Sault Ste. Marie Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 649 miles or 1044 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DCA to YAM flight is about 2 hour 9 minutes.

How many flights go between Washington, DC and Sault Ste. Marie?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 17 available flights from DCA to YAM.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code DCA
Origination airport name Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
City Washington, DC
Country the United States
Latitude 38.9
Longitude -77

Return Airport

Destination code YAM
Destination airport name Sault Ste. Marie Airport
City Sault Ste. Marie
Country Canada
Latitude 46.5
Longitude -84.5


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