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How To Watch This April’s Total Solar Eclipse Onboard a Delta Flight

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Total solar eclipses don’t come around too often, especially over North America. This April, a solar eclipse will fall over the U.S., encompassing parts of the Midwest and Northeast.

Delta Air Lines has announced a rare opportunity to watch the eclipse while seated onboard an Airbus A220. Here are all the details — and how you can book this epic flight with cash or miles.

Delta 1218: Path-of-Totality Flight

On April 8, 2024, Delta will offer a path-of-totality flight, coinciding with the last viewable solar eclipse in North America until 2044.

Flight 1218 will depart from Austin to Detroit, and is a special service being operated to give passengers onboard the best chance of safely viewing the solar eclipse at its peak. DL 1218 will depart from Austin at 12:15 p.m. CT and land in Detroit at 4:20 p.m. ET. The flight will be operated by an Airbus A220-300, which the airline notes will offer “premium viewing” due to the aircraft’s extra-large windows.

Delta Airbus A220 First Class Cabin
Delta Airbus A220 First Class is a real treat. Image Credit: Greg Stone

“This flight is the result of significant collaboration and exemplifies the close teamwork Delta is known for — from selecting an aircraft with larger windows to determining the exact departure time from Austin and the experiences at the gate and in the air,” said Eric Beck, Managing Director of Domestic Network Planning.

Delta will also have several other previously scheduled flights with an opportunity to catch the solar eclipse while airborne:

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RouteFlight NumberDeparture Aircraft
DTW-HPNDL 56992:59 pm ESTERJ-175
LAX-DFWDL 9248:40 am PSTA320
LAX-SATDL 28699:00 am PSTA319
SLC-SATDL 100110:08 am PSTA220-300
SLC-AUSDL 16839:55 am MSTA320

How to Book Delta’s Eclipse Flight

Looking to snag a seat? Delta Flight 1218 is available to reserve on Delta’s booking channels including Delta.com.

DL1218 Miles
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At the time of publication, it’s possible to book a seat for 52,000 Delta SkyMiles or $579.

DL1218 Cash
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Looking to earn more SkyMiles for the next flight? Here is our ultimate guide to earning Delta SkyMiles, both while on the ground and in the air.

Final Thoughts

For aviation geeks who are looking to catch April’s total solar eclipse, this is an incredible opportunity to do so. Those who won’t be able to hop onboard this Delta flight can try to catch the eclipse from on the ground.

Many cities that will experience the total eclipse are planning plenty of festivities for tourists and locals alike.

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Chris is a freelance writer and editor with a focus on timely travel trends, points and miles, hot new hotels, and all things that go (he’s a proud aviation geek and transit nerd). Formerly full-time at The Points Guy, his work can now be found at AFAR, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, The Washington Post, and Lonely Planet, among others

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