On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will darken the skies across the entire United States for about three minutes. The celestial occurrence is extremely rare. In fact, the last coast-to-coast solar eclipse occurred in 1918. To honor this exciting moment, Southwest Airlines is offering travelers a front-row seat with plenty of perks.
In a press statement, the airline company identified the flights that will have the best trajectory for viewing the solar eclipse. Travelers who buy tickets for those flights will then receive special viewing glasses and thematic cosmic cocktails. At press time, the flights included in the promotion range in price from $200 to $500. The flights are as follows:
- Southwest 1375 from Seattle-Tacoma to St. Louis
- Southwest 1368 from Portland to St. Louis
- Southwest 1577 from Denver to St. Louis
- Southwest 301 from Denver to Nashville
- Southwest 1969 from Denver to Atlanta
Of the unique travel opportunity, Southwest's manager of meteorology, Warren Qualley, said, "We plan to showcase the glow of our everyday hospitality in a different light on these celebratory flights in our Summer flight schedule," adding, "Our team of meteorologists is working hard to provide clear viewing of this solar spectacle from our flights."