The cheapest times to fly from LIH to DSM are

  • January 8th to March 4th
  • April 23rd to May 6th
  • August 6th to November 25th (except the week of November 12th)

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 LIH to DSM is late October to early November. Prices can be as high as $1517 for Saturday flights during early January, or as low as $712 for Wednesday flights around late October to early November.


When to Fly to Des Moines

Flying from Lihue, HI (LIH) to Des Moines, IA (DSM) will usually cost between $734 to $1133 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late October to early November with an average ticket price of $762. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early January, with an average price of $1100. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $338 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $879 can be considered a good price for a round-trip LIH to DSM flight.

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

LIH to DSM Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the LIH to DSM flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Kauai. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.14, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. 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 $151 (15%) 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 $847. Return trip prices are from the DSM to LIH 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 LIH 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 8 hour 10 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 LIH to DSM while comparing.

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

  • 117 miles (188 km) away from DSM
  • Usually 13.88% less expensive than DSM
  • 1-layover flights available

See LIH to OMA flights


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

Hack #1: Honolulu, HI (LIH > HNL > DSM)

  • Price for both tickets: $872
  • Average savings: $7 (0.8%)

See LIH to HNL flights

Hack #2: San Jose, CA (LIH > SJC > DSM)

  • Price for both tickets: $872
  • Average savings: $7 (0.8%)

See LIH to SJC flights

Hack #3: Seattle, WA (LIH > SEA > DSM)

  • Price for both tickets: $877
  • Average savings: $3 (0.28%)

See LIH to SEA flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

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

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 3988 miles or 6418 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop LIH to DSM flight is about 8 hour 10 minutes.

How many flights go between Lihue, HI and Des Moines, IA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 25 available flights from LIH to DSM.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeLIH
Origination airport nameLihue Airport
CityLihue, HI
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeDSM
Destination airport nameDes Moines International Airport
CityDes Moines, IA
Countrythe United States


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