CBS Local– Typically the selling points for airlines are price, routes and comfort. But Southwest Airlines is trying to seize on an opportunity provided by the universe, as it’s selling seats based on what should be an excellent view of the total solar eclipse on August 21.

The total solar eclipse will create a few minutes of complete darkness as the moon will block the sun entirely from a specific line of the country, cutting from around Portland, Oregon to Atlanta, Georgia. Southwest has begun advertising on their social media accounts.

These are the flights that Southwest are tipping for best view of the eclipse:

Southwest flight 1375 Seattle to St. Louis 9:05 a.m., Southwest flight 1368 Portland to St. Louis 9:05 a.m., Southwest flight 1577 Denver to St. Louis 10:20 a.m., Southwest flight 301 Denver to Nashville 10:20 a.m., and Southwest flight 1969 Denver to Atlanta 9:50 a.m.

At the moment, Southwest hasn’t created more flights with the sole purpose of viewing the eclipse but perhaps if there’s a market for it, that’ll be the next step. It’ll be interesting to see if other airlines begin adopting this strategy ahead of the eclipse.


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