The cheapest times to fly from DSM to ACT are

  • January 1st to January 14th
  • March 26th to August 12th (except the weeks of April 2nd, May 21st, June 25th, July 2nd, and July 30th)
  • September 3rd to October 7th (except the weeks of September 10th and September 17th)
  • October 29th 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 DSM to ACT is mid July. Prices can be as high as $931 for Sunday flights during early to mid March, or as low as $324 for Tuesday flights around mid July.


When to Fly to Waco

Flying from Des Moines, IA (DSM) to Waco, TX (ACT) will usually cost between $324 to $507 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid July with an average ticket price of $324. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid March, with an average price of $662. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $338 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 DSM to ACT flight.

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

DSM to ACT Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DSM to ACT flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Des Moines. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.29, which is 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 $63 (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 $335. Return trip prices are from the ACT to DSM 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 DSM to ACT 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 16 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 1 major airline flying this route most often: American, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 713 miles or 1147 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DSM to ACT flight is about 2 hour 16 minutes.

How many flights go between Des Moines, IA and Waco, TX?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 37 available flights from DSM to ACT.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

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

Return Airport

Destination code ACT
Destination airport name Waco Regional Airport
City Waco, TX
Country the United States
Latitude 31.6
Longitude -97.2


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