The cheapest times to fly from DSM to MSY are

  • January 1st to February 11th
  • May 21st to June 3rd
  • July 9th to July 22nd
  • August 13th to December 16th (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 DSM to MSY is mid to late August. Prices can be as high as $889 for Sunday flights during early to mid March, or as low as $238 for Tuesday flights around mid to late August.


When to Fly to New Orleans

Flying from Des Moines, IA (DSM) to New Orleans, LA (MSY) will usually cost between $258 to $501 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid to late August with an average ticket price of $261. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid March, with an average price of $579. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $318 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $364 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DSM to MSY flight.

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

DSM to MSY Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DSM to MSY 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 $0.28, 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 $134 (30%) 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 $305. Return trip prices are from the MSY 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 MSY 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 27 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 DSM to MSY while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) in Mobile, AL

  • 130 miles (209 km) away from MSY
  • Usually 10.16% less expensive than MSY
  • 1-layover flights available

See DSM to MOB flights

Destination alternative #2: Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport (PIB) in Hattiesburg/Laurel, MS

  • 116 miles (187 km) away from MSY
  • Usually 3.85% less expensive than MSY
  • 1-layover flights available

See DSM to PIB flights

Destination alternative #3: Baton Rouge Metropolitan/Ryan Field Airport (BTR) in Baton Rouge, LA

  • 65 miles (105 km) away from MSY
  • Usually 1.65% less expensive than MSY
  • 1-layover flights available

See DSM to BTR flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 7 major airlines flying this route most often: American, Delta, Frontier, Iberia, Qantas, Southwest, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to Des Moines International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 819 miles or 1318 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DSM to MSY flight is about 2 hour 27 minutes.

How many flights go between Des Moines, IA and New Orleans, LA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 54 available flights from DSM to MSY.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeDSM
Origination airport nameDes Moines International Airport
CityDes Moines, IA
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeMSY
Destination airport nameLouis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
CityNew Orleans, LA
Countrythe United States


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