The cheapest times to fly from DSM to SAL are

  • January 8th to February 25th
  • May 21st to July 22nd (except the week of May 28th)
  • August 6th to November 18th (except the week of August 13th)

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 SAL is early September. Prices can be as high as $1783 for Thursday flights during early to mid May, or as low as $699 for Tuesday flights around early September.


When to Fly to San Salvador

Flying from Des Moines, IA (DSM) to San Salvador (SAL) will usually cost between $709 to $801 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early September with an average ticket price of $711. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid May, with an average price of $891. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $180 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $733 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DSM to SAL flight.

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

DSM to SAL Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DSM to SAL 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 $0.23, which is below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Thursdays 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 $37 (5%) 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 $727. Return trip prices are from the SAL 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 SAL can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 4 hour 31 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking DSM to SAL

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 SAL — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Chicago, IL (DSM > ORD > SAL)

  • Price for both tickets: $614
  • Average savings: $119 (16.25%)

See DSM to ORD flights

Hack #2: Miami, FL (DSM > MIA > SAL)

  • Price for both tickets: $686
  • Average savings: $47 (6.42%)

See DSM to MIA flights

Hack #3: Orlando, FL (DSM > MCO > SAL)

  • Price for both tickets: $690
  • Average savings: $43 (5.87%)

See DSM to MCO flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 8 major airlines flying this route most often: Aeromexico, Air Canada, American, Avianca, Avianca El Salvador, COPA, Delta, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Msgr Oscar A Romero and Galdamez International Airport to Des Moines International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1960 miles or 3154 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DSM to SAL flight is about 4 hour 31 minutes.

How many flights go between Des Moines, IA and San Salvador?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 47 available flights from DSM to SAL.


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 SAL
Destination airport name Msgr Oscar A Romero and Galdamez International Airport
City San Salvador
Country El Salvador
Latitude 13.4
Longitude -89.1


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