The cheapest times to fly from ORD to DSM are

  • April 9th to April 29th
  • August 13th to November 11th (except the weeks of August 20th and October 15th)
  • December 24th to March 4th (except the week of January 29th)

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 ORD to DSM is mid to late September. Prices can be as high as $469 for Monday flights during mid March, or as low as $173 for Tuesday flights around mid to late September.


When to Fly to Des Moines

Flying from Chicago, IL (ORD) to Des Moines, IA (DSM) will usually cost between $173 to $275 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid to late September with an average ticket price of $175. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid March, with an average price of $286. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $111 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $190 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ORD to DSM flight.

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

ORD to DSM Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ORD to DSM flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Chicago. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.4, which is a bit above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Mondays 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 $39 (17%) 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 $187. Return trip prices are from the DSM to ORD 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 ORD to DSM can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 31 minutes may be realistic.


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 7 major airlines flying this route most often: American, Delta, Frontier, Iberia, Qantas, SAS, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Des Moines International Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 298 miles or 480 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ORD to DSM flight is about 1 hour 31 minutes.

How many flights go between Chicago, IL and Des Moines, IA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 46 available flights from ORD to DSM.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code ORD
Origination airport name Chicago O’Hare International Airport
City Chicago, IL
Country the United States
Latitude 42
Longitude -87.9

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


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from ORD to DSM tend to depart later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 36% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 14% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave DSM heading for ORD about 20 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Des Moines, IA is about 17 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • American: 26 minutes late
  • SkyWest: 22 minutes late
  • United: 29 minutes late
  • Envoy: 14 minutes late
  • ExpressJet: 62 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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