The cheapest times to fly from DSM to ORD are
- January 1st to March 4th (except the weeks of January 22nd and February 5th)
- March 19th to April 29th (except the weeks of March 26th and April 9th)
- May 28th to June 10th
- August 20th to November 18th (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 DSM to ORD is late September. Prices can be as high as $508 for Monday flights during early to mid March, or as low as $173 for Tuesday flights around late September.
When to Fly to Chicago
Flying from Des Moines, IA (DSM) to Chicago, IL (ORD) will usually cost between $181 to $266 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late September with an average ticket price of $175. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid March, with an average price of $308. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $132 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $190 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DSM to ORD flight.
See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the DSM to ORD route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.
Compared to other flights, the DSM to ORD 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 $0.4, which is a bit above average.
Flight Prices by Day of the Week
Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Mondays 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 $39 (17%) 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 $187. Return trip prices are from the ORD to DSM flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.
Departing Prices by Day
Return Trip Prices by Day
Nonstop Flights and Layovers
Travelers looking to fly from DSM to ORD can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 31 minutes may be realistic.
Flight Questions Answered
Still have questions about flying from DSM to ORD? 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, SAS, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.
How far away is it from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Des Moines International Airport?
The distance between the two airports is roughly 298 miles or 480 kilometers.
How long does it take to fly from DSM to ORD?
The real-world flight time for a nonstop DSM to ORD flight is about 1 hour 31 minutes.
How many flights go between Des Moines, IA and Chicago, IL?
It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 55 available flights from DSM to ORD.
Airport Location Info
|Origination airport name||Des Moines International Airport|
|City||Des Moines, IA|
|Country||the United States|
|Destination airport name||Chicago O’Hare International Airport|
|Country||the United States|
Late and Early Flight Data
Flights from DSM to ORD tend to depart as late as the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 25% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 40% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave ORD heading for DSM about 15 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Chicago, IL is about 14 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:
- American: 13 minutes late
- SkyWest: 9 minutes late
- United: 8 minutes late
- Envoy: 20 minutes late
- ExpressJet: 17 minutes late
- Some airlines not reporting
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