The cheapest times to fly from GUA to DSM are

  • January 15th to March 4th
  • April 9th to May 6th
  • July 16th to November 25th (except the week of November 12th)
  • December 17th to December 31st

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 GUA to DSM is late August to early September. Prices can be as high as $2184 for Saturday flights during early to mid May, or as low as $1007 for Tuesday flights around late August to early September.


When to Fly to Des Moines

Flying from Guatemala City (GUA) to Des Moines, IA (DSM) will usually cost between $1100 to $1223 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late August to early September with an average ticket price of $1071. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid May, with an average price of $1468. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $397 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1177 can be considered a good price for a round-trip GUA to DSM flight.

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

GUA to DSM Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the GUA to DSM flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from Guatemala City. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.39, which is a bit above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to DSM, and Wednesday the cheapest day to fly back into GUA. 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 $49 (4%) 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 $1163. Return trip prices are from the DSM to GUA 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 GUA 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 21 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 GUA to DSM while comparing.

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

  • 117 miles (188 km) away from DSM
  • Usually 0.13% less expensive than DSM
  • 1-layover flights available

See GUA to OMA flights


Flight Hacking GUA 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 GUA to DSM — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: New York, NY (GUA > LGA > DSM)

  • Price for both tickets: $664
  • Average savings: $514 (43.63%)

See GUA to ORD flights

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

  • Price for both tickets: $673
  • Average savings: $505 (42.86%)

See GUA to LGA flights

Hack #3: New York, NY (GUA > JFK > DSM)

  • Price for both tickets: $706
  • Average savings: $471 (40.02%)

See GUA to JFK flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 5 major airlines flying this route most often: Aeromexico, American, COPA, Delta, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Des Moines International Airport to La Aurora International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1871 miles or 3011 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop GUA to DSM flight is about 4 hour 21 minutes.

How many flights go between Guatemala City and Des Moines, IA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 22 available flights from GUA to DSM.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code GUA
Origination airport name La Aurora International Airport
City Guatemala City
Country Guatemala
Latitude 14.6
Longitude -90.5

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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