The cheapest times to fly from DTW to LAX are
- January 1st to February 25th
- August 6th to November 18th
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 DTW to LAX is early to mid October. Prices can be as high as $645 for Sunday flights during late December, or as low as $251 for Tuesday flights around early to mid October.
When to Fly to Los Angeles
Flying from Detroit, MI (DTW) to Los Angeles, CA (LAX) will usually cost between $270 to $478 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid October with an average ticket price of $275. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $535. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $260 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $342 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DTW to LAX flight.
See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the DTW to LAX route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.
Compared to other flights, the DTW to LAX flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Detroit. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.11, which is far 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 $85 (21%) 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 $319. Return trip prices are from the LAX to DTW 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 DTW to LAX can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 4 hour 32 minutes may be realistic.
Flight Questions Answered
Still have questions about flying from DTW to LAX? We’ve got answers.
Which airlines fly this route?
You can find 13 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Europa, Alaska, American, China Eastern, Delta, Emirates, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Qatar Airways, Southwest, Spirit, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.
How far away is it from Los Angeles International Airport to Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport?
The distance between the two airports is roughly 1974 miles or 3177 kilometers.
How long does it take to fly from DTW to LAX?
The real-world flight time for a nonstop DTW to LAX flight is about 4 hour 32 minutes.
How many flights go between Detroit, MI and Los Angeles, CA?
It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 68 available flights from DTW to LAX.
Airport Location Info
|Origination airport name||Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport|
|Country||the United States|
|Destination airport name||Los Angeles International Airport|
|City||Los Angeles, CA|
|Country||the United States|
Late and Early Flight Data
Flights from DTW to LAX tend to depart as late as the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 29% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 6% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave LAX heading for DTW about 10 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Los Angeles, CA is about 2 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:
- Delta: 9 minutes late
- Spirit: 13 minutes late
- Some airlines not reporting
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