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The cheapest times to fly from LAX to DTW are

  • January 8th to March 4th
  • July 30th 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 LAX to DTW is mid October. Prices can be as high as $973 for Sunday flights during mid December, or as low as $252 for Tuesday flights around mid October.

 

When to Fly to Detroit

Flying from Los Angeles, CA (LAX) to Detroit, MI (DTW) will usually cost between $269 to $501 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid October with an average ticket price of $274. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $497. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $223 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 LAX to DTW flight.

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

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LAX to DTW Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the LAX to DTW flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Los Angeles. 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 $317. Return trip prices are from the DTW to LAX flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

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Return Trip Prices by Day

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Return Day Prices

 

Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from LAX to DTW 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.

 

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 a nonstop flight from LAX to DTW while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport (CLE) in Cleveland, OH

  • 95 miles (153 km) away from DTW
  • Usually 3.80% less expensive than DTW
  • Nonstop flights available

See LAX to CLE flights

 

Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from LAX to DTW? 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 Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport to Los Angeles International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1974 miles or 3177 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from LAX to DTW?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop LAX to DTW flight is about 4 hour 32 minutes.

How many flights go between Los Angeles, CA and Detroit, MI?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 83 available flights from LAX to DTW.

 

Airport Location Info

 

Departing Airport

Origination codeLAX
Origination airport nameLos Angeles International Airport
CityLos Angeles, CA
Countrythe United States
Latitude33.9
Longitude-118.4

Return Airport

Destination codeDTW
Destination airport nameDetroit Metro Wayne County Airport
CityDetroit, MI
Countrythe United States
Latitude42.2
Longitude-83.4

 

Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from LAX to DTW tend to depart later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 39% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 4% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave DTW heading for LAX about 10 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Detroit, MI is about 3 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • Delta: 10 minutes late
  • Spirit: 7 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting

 

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