Last Minute Cheap Flights to See the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse


With less than two weeks to go until the total solar eclipse, hopeful observers have not booked their flights to destinations in the path of totality.

More than 4 million people are expected to witness the rare celestial event on Monday, April 8. This year's total eclipse will be two minutes longer than 2017's, but the next total solar eclipse won't occur for another 20 minutes. years.

Airfare and hotel rates are all already going up for eclipse weekend. Flights to Erie, Pennsylvania and Little Rock, Arkansas average more than $900, according to travel site Hopper. Hotel prices in major domestic cities scheduled to view the eclipse are up 200% compared to the weekend before the eclipse. In Buffalo, New York, the average nightly rate for a stay during the eclipse is $608.

However, there are still some last-minute deals for travelers who want to see the total solar eclipse.

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„For those who haven't booked yet, we recommend booking both flights and hotels soon, as prices will continue to rise and availability will continue to be limited as we approach April 8,” said Lindsey Schwimmer, Hopper's consumer travel specialist. USA TODAY report. This also applies to rental cars.

According to Hopper, below are the last minute flight deals for cities along the entire route departing on April 5th, 6th or 7th and returning on April 9th:

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  • Los Angeles to Columbus, Ohio – Flights $188 round trip
  • Los Angeles to Dallas – $392 round trip
  • New York to Dallas – $254 round trip
  • New York to Indianapolis – $350 round trip
  • New York to Cincinnati – $363 round trip
  • San Francisco to St. Louis – $353 round trip
  • Washington, DC to Cincinnati – $354 round trip
  • Boston to Syracuse, New York – Flights $391 round trip
  • Chicago to Fayetteville, Arkansas – as low as $390 round trip
  • Chicago to Dallas – $185 round trip

Kathleen Wong is USA TODAY's travel correspondent in Hawaii. You can reach her at [email protected].

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