The cheapest times to fly from DSM to LGW are

  • January 8th to April 1st
  • April 16th to June 3rd (except the week of May 7th)
  • October 8th to December 9th (except the week of October 29th)

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 LGW is late May. Prices can be as high as $1574 for Saturday flights during early August, or as low as $669 for Tuesday flights around late May.


When to Fly to London

Flying from Des Moines, IA (DSM) to London (LGW) will usually cost between $791 to $1304 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late May with an average ticket price of $678. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early August, with an average price of $1426. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $747 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $869 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DSM to LGW flight.

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

DSM to LGW Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DSM to LGW flight is cheaper than the average and costs about as much as the average flight leaving from Des Moines. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.13, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to LGW, and Monday the cheapest day to fly back into DSM. Saturdays 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 $110 (10%) 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 $895. Return trip prices are from the LGW 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 LGW can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 8 hour 32 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking DSM to LGW

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 DSM to LGW — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: New York, NY (DSM > LGA > LGW)

  • Price for both tickets: $615
  • Average savings: $254 (29.23%)

See DSM to LGA flights

Hack #2: New York, NY (DSM > JFK > LGW)

  • Price for both tickets: $645
  • Average savings: $224 (25.78%)

See DSM to JFK flights

Hack #3: Boston, MA (DSM > BOS > LGW)

  • Price for both tickets: $697
  • Average savings: $173 (19.85%)

See DSM to BOS flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 15 major airlines flying this route most often: Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Air France, American, British Airways, Delta, Finnair, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, Tap Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, United, Virgin Atlantic, WestJet, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 4199 miles or 6758 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DSM to LGW flight is about 8 hour 32 minutes.

How many flights go between Des Moines, IA and London?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 59 available flights from DSM to LGW.


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 LGW
Destination airport name London Gatwick Airport
City London
Country the United Kingdom
Latitude 51.1
Longitude -0.2


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