The cheapest times to fly from GCM to DSM are

  • April 16th to May 13th
  • May 28th to August 5th (except the week of July 2nd)
  • November 5th to November 25th (except the week of November 12th)
  • December 24th to February 18th (except the weeks of January 1st and February 5th)

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 GCM to DSM is mid January. Prices can be as high as $1375 for Saturday flights during early to mid October, or as low as $573 for Wednesday flights around mid January.


When to Fly to Des Moines

Flying from Grand Cayman (GCM) to Des Moines, IA (DSM) will usually cost between $666 to $923 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid January with an average ticket price of $645. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid October, with an average price of $932. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $287 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $687 can be considered a good price for a round-trip GCM to DSM flight.

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

GCM to DSM Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the GCM to DSM flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Grand Cayman. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.25, which is below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to DSM, and Monday the cheapest day to fly back into GCM. 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 $109 (14%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Wednesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $673. Return trip prices are from the DSM to GCM 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 GCM to DSM 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 2 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 GCM to DSM while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Eppley Airfield Airport (OMA) in Omaha, NE

  • 117 miles (188 km) away from DSM
  • Usually 1.75% less expensive than DSM
  • 1-layover flights available

See GCM to OMA flights


Flight Hacking GCM to DSM

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 GCM to DSM — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Miami, FL (GCM > MIA > DSM)

  • Price for both tickets: $535
  • Average savings: $153 (22.2%)

See GCM to ORD flights

Hack #2: Chicago, IL (GCM > ORD > DSM)

  • Price for both tickets: $601
  • Average savings: $87 (12.59%)

See GCM to MIA flights

Hack #3: New York, NY (GCM > LGA > DSM)

  • Price for both tickets: $608
  • Average savings: $80 (11.57%)

See GCM to LGA flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 7 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, American, British Airways, Cayman Airways, Delta, Southwest, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Des Moines International Airport to Owen Roberts International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1698 miles or 2733 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop GCM to DSM flight is about 4 hour 2 minutes.

How many flights go between Grand Cayman and Des Moines, IA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 20 available flights from GCM to DSM.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code GCM
Origination airport name Owen Roberts International Airport
City Grand Cayman
Country the Cayman Islands
Latitude 19.3
Longitude -81.4

Return Airport

Destination code DSM
Destination airport name Des Moines International Airport
City Des Moines, IA
Country the United States
Latitude 41.5
Longitude -93.7


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