The cheapest times to fly from PLW to DCA are

  • October 22nd to December 2nd (except the weeks of October 29th and November 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 PLW to DCA is mid to late November. Prices can be as high as $7345 for Sunday flights during early to mid October, or as low as $4065 for Tuesday flights around mid to late November.


When to Fly to Washington

Flying from Palu (PLW) to Washington, DC (DCA) will usually cost between $4065 to $6593 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid to late November with an average ticket price of $4108. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid October, with an average price of $7345. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $3237 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $5776 can be considered a good price for a round-trip PLW to DCA flight.

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

PLW to DCA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the PLW to DCA flight is more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Palu City. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.37, 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. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly to Washington, and Saturdays are the most expensive days to return to Palu City. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $422 (7%) 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 $5232. Return trip prices are from the DCA to PLW 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 PLW to DCA can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 18 hour 16 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 PLW to DCA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Washington, DC

  • 24 miles (39 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 56.68% less expensive than DCA
  • 2-layover flights available

See PLW to IAD flights

Destination alternative #2: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) in Baltimore, MD

  • 30 miles (48 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 20.52% less expensive than DCA
  • Nonstop flights available

See PLW to BWI flights


Flight Hacking PLW to DCA

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 PLW to DCA — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Jakarta (PLW > CGK > DCA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1609
  • Average savings: $4167 (72.14%)

See PLW to SUB flights

Hack #2: Surabaya (PLW > SUB > DCA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1614
  • Average savings: $4162 (72.06%)

See PLW to CGK flights

Hack #3: Los Angeles, CA (PLW > LAX > DCA)

  • Price for both tickets: $2619
  • Average savings: $3157 (54.66%)

See PLW to LAX flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from PLW to DCA? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 7 major airlines flying this route most often: American, ANA, China Southern, Delta, Garuda Indonesia, JAL, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to Palu Celebes-Mutiara Indon. Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 9603 miles or 15454 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from PLW to DCA?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop PLW to DCA flight is about 18 hour 16 minutes.

How many flights go between Palu and Washington, DC?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 29 available flights from PLW to DCA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codePLW
Origination airport namePalu Celebes-Mutiara Indon. Airport

Return Airport

Destination codeDCA
Destination airport nameRonald Reagan Washington National Airport
CityWashington, DC
Countrythe United States


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