The cheapest times to fly from DSM to DFW are

  • January 1st to February 25th
  • August 6th to November 18th
  • December 3rd to December 16th

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 DFW is mid to late September. Prices can be as high as $714 for Sunday flights during early to mid March, or as low as $197 for Wednesday flights around mid to late September.


When to Fly to Dallas

Flying from Des Moines, IA (DSM) to Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (DFW) will usually cost between $206 to $417 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid to late September with an average ticket price of $276. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid March, with an average price of $494. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $218 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $350 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DSM to DFW flight.

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

DSM to DFW Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DSM to DFW 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 $0.35, which is in the normal range for a flight.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday 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 $66 (17%) 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 $314. Return trip prices are from the DFW 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 DFW can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 2 hour 6 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 DSM to DFW while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Waco Regional Airport (ACT) in Waco, TX

  • 90 miles (145 km) away from DFW
  • Usually 6.71% less expensive than DFW
  • 1-layover flights available

See DSM to ACT flights

Destination alternative #2: East Texas Regional Airport (GGG) in Longview, TX

  • 140 miles (225 km) away from DFW
  • Usually 6.71% less expensive than DFW
  • 1-layover flights available

See DSM to GGG flights

Destination alternative #3: Robert Gray AAF Airport (GRK) in Killeen, TX

  • 135 miles (217 km) away from DFW
  • Usually 3.29% less expensive than DFW
  • 1-layover flights available

See DSM to GRK flights

Destination alternative #4: Tyler Pounds Regional Airport (TYR) in Tyler, TX

  • 102 miles (164 km) away from DFW
  • Usually 1.14% less expensive than DFW
  • 1-layover flights available

See DSM to TYR flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 5 major airlines flying this route most often: American, Delta, Frontier, Iberia, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Des Moines International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 625 miles or 1006 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DSM to DFW flight is about 2 hour 6 minutes.

How many flights go between Des Moines, IA and Dallas/Fort Worth, TX?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 44 available flights from DSM to DFW.


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 DFW
Destination airport name Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
City Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
Country the United States
Latitude 32.9
Longitude -97


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from DSM to DFW tend to depart late far less frequently than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 22% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 42% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave DFW heading for DSM about 9 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX is about 2 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • American: 9 minutes late
  • SkyWest: 10 minutes late
  • Mesa: 3 minutes early
  • Some airlines not reporting


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