Trippy
 
  Questions  
Drive      Fly      Stay      Login    Signup

Travel time from Des Moines to Santa Ana


Des Moines to Santa Ana airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Des Moines to Santa Ana? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Santa Ana, you need to include time at the airports. Eventually, you'll be able to customize this itinerary to select other nearby airports and choose your preferred airline.


Thursday, 9:13 am:  start in Des Moines
drive for about 12 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 10:20 am at the latest

9:25 am:  Des Moines International (DSM)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 10:50 am

9:55 am:  get your boarding pass and go through TSA security
allow enough time for long security lines during busy travel seasons or holidays, and prepare for the wait time

10:55 am:  arrive at the gate
once you're ready to board, you can get something to eat in the airport or just relax near the gate

11:25 am:  prepare for boarding
check your boarding pass for your group number or listen to the gate agent as they announce boarding, some airlines require you to be in the boarding area 10-15 minutes before departure or risk losing your seat

11:40 am:  board Southwest Airlines Co. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

11:50 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 1 minute

11:51 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 10 minutes to taxi to the runway

12:01 pm:  wheels up! take-off from DSM
fly for about 3 hours in the air

12:56 pm (local time):  McCarran International (LAS)
Las Vegas, NV is 2 hours behind Des Moines, IA
so the time in Des Moines is actually 2:56 pm
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 6 minutes to the gate

1:02 pm (local time):  arrive at the connecting airport
make sure you schedule enough time for your layover
there may be a minimum connection time for your flight

1:40 pm (local time):  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 38 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

1:55 pm (local time):  board Southwest Airlines Co. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

2:05 pm (local time):  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 15 minutes

2:20 pm (local time):  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 18 minutes to taxi to the runway

2:38 pm (local time):  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 43 minutes in the air

3:21 pm (local time):  Los Angeles International (LAX)
Santa Ana is 2 hours behind Des Moines
so the time in Des Moines is actually 5:21 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 11 minutes to the gate

3:32 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at LAX
deboard the plane, and claim any baggage
if you're renting a car, check if you need to take a shuttle to car rental agency, otherwise you can ride in a cab, limo, or Uber for about 1.5 hours to your destination

5:14 pm (local time):  arrive in Santa Ana

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from DSM to LAX and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Des Moines to Santa Ana including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.

Total travel time: 7 hours

From:
To:
Depart:
Return:
Get:    
  Change your route
From:
To:
 






Flying non-stop from Des Moines to Santa Ana

How far is Santa Ana from Des Moines? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 1,429 miles or 2299 km

Flight time: 3 hours, 21 minutes

Compare this to a whole day of commercial travel with the airports and waiting in line for security, which ends up taking a total of 10 hours, 2 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 3.3x faster, and saves you about 7 hours in your total travel time.

Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula. For a long distance, this appears as a curve on the map, and this is often the route that commercial airlines will take so it's a good estimate of the frequent flyer miles you'll accumulate as well.

This is a medium length flight, so unless you have a nice private jet, you might be booking a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination. The flight itinerary at the top of the page takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.


Santa Ana Airports
  1. John Wayne Airport
  2. Long Beach Airport
  3. LA/Ontario International Airport
  4. Los Angeles International Airport
  5. Bob Hope Airport


Best day of the week to fly to Santa Ana

Looking at flights on Southwest Airlines Co. from DSM to LAS, and connecting flights on Southwest Airlines Co. from LAS to LAX, here's a breakdown of the number of flights available each day:

  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday

Based on these statistical results, we chose Thursday for the flight itinerary above.



Alternate flights from Des Moines to Santa Ana

The most common route is DSM to LAS, then connecting to LAX, so that's what we used in the sample itinerary. However, you may want to explore travel alternatives, you could try one of these routes:

  1. DSM to LAS to LAX
    Des Moines International to McCarran International to Los Angeles International
  2. DSM to ORD to LAX
    Des Moines International to Chicago O'Hare International to Los Angeles International
  3. DSM to DEN to LAX
    Des Moines International to Denver International to Los Angeles International
  4. DSM to PHX to LAX
    Des Moines International to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Los Angeles International
  5. DSM to ATL to LAX
    Des Moines International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Los Angeles International
  6. DSM to DFW to LAX
    Des Moines International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Los Angeles International
  7. DSM to DEN to SNA
    Des Moines International to Denver International to John Wayne Airport-Orange County
  8. DSM to SLC to LAX
    Des Moines International to Salt Lake City International to Los Angeles International
  9. DSM to PHX to SNA
    Des Moines International to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to John Wayne Airport-Orange County
  10. DSM to IAH to LAX
    Des Moines International to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Los Angeles International
  11. DSM to EWR to LAX
    Des Moines International to Newark Liberty International to Los Angeles International
  12. DSM to ORD to SNA
    Des Moines International to Chicago O'Hare International to John Wayne Airport-Orange County
  13. DSM to MSP to LAX
    Des Moines International to Minneapolis-St Paul International to Los Angeles International
  14. DSM to DFW to SNA
    Des Moines International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to John Wayne Airport-Orange County
  15. DSM to MCO to LAX
    Des Moines International to Orlando International to Los Angeles International
  16. DSM to LAS to SNA
    Des Moines International to McCarran International to John Wayne Airport-Orange County
  17. DSM to STL to LAX
    Des Moines International to Lambert-St. Louis International to Los Angeles International
  18. DSM to IAH to SNA
    Des Moines International to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to John Wayne Airport-Orange County
  19. DSM to ATL to SNA
    Des Moines International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to John Wayne Airport-Orange County
  20. DSM to DTW to LAX
    Des Moines International to Detroit Metro Wayne County to Los Angeles International
  21. DSM to SLC to SNA
    Des Moines International to Salt Lake City International to John Wayne Airport-Orange County
  22. DSM to MDW to LAX
    Des Moines International to Chicago Midway International to Los Angeles International
  23. DSM to MSP to SNA
    Des Moines International to Minneapolis-St Paul International to John Wayne Airport-Orange County
  24. DSM to STL to SNA
    Des Moines International to Lambert-St. Louis International to John Wayne Airport-Orange County
  25. DSM to EWR to SNA
    Des Moines International to Newark Liberty International to John Wayne Airport-Orange County
  26. DSM to MDW to SNA
    Des Moines International to Chicago Midway International to John Wayne Airport-Orange County


Airlines that fly to Santa Ana

We picked Southwest Airlines Co. for your main flight, and Southwest Airlines Co. for your connecting flight, but there are other airlines that you should check if you're looking for the cheapest flight, or you need a different schedule. Check the websites of these airlines:

  1. Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)
  2. American Airlines Inc. (AA)
  3. Virgin America (VX)
  4. Delta Air Lines Inc. (DL)
  5. Spirit Air Lines (NK)
  6. United Air Lines Inc. (UA)
  7. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)


Plan a trip to Santa Ana

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Santa Ana, California. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Santa Ana. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. A great place to eat might be Mama D's Italy Kitchen. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Santa Ana like Disneyland. Click the button below to explore Santa Ana in detail.





What about the return flight?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line. But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse flight itinerary to fly from Santa Ana to Des Moines, or go to the main page to calculate other flight times.

You can also compare the travel time if you were to drive instead. Get the full itinerary for a Des Moines to Santa Ana road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Des Moines to Santa Ana?

If you happen to know Des Moines, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Des Moines!






At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 1,429 miles
flight time of 3 hours, 21 minutes
Santa Ana is 2 hours behind Des Moines
21 Des Moines travel answers
5 Santa Ana travel answers










   
Questions   ·   Destinations   ·   Drive   ·   Fly   ·   Airports   ·   Stay   ·   Search

Login   ·   About   ·   FAQ   ·   Feedback   ·   Privacy   ·   Terms