This chart shows low fares from the Washington area to popular destin-ations. It is designed to illustrate low fares; they sell out quickly and are not guaranteed to be available. Do not call The Washington Post about these fares; call airlines indicated by the letter codes, or a travel agent, to book a flight.

Please also note the following. The fares we publish are:

1. for non-stop or direct flights, except for markets served only by connecting flights (flights with connections are often cheaper);

2. for flights departing from at least one area airport -- Baltimore/Washington International, Reagan National and Dulles International -- but not necessarily all three;

3. for seats that often carry restrictions, such as Saturday night stays, significant advance purchase requirements and midweek departures; and

4. for departures the week of Oct. 17-23.

Requesting other conditions, including a specific departure airport, or a certain time or date, may result in a higher price quote.

Though we verified with the airlines that seats with these fares were available on Thursday afternoon when the Travel section went to press, they may not be available when you call the airlines.

Seattle $401

TW, US

San Francisco $390

UA, US

Los Angeles $381

UA, US

Las Vegas $391

HP

Phoenix $287

CO

Minneapolis $240

NW

Denver $311

F9, UA

Dallas $208

AA, DL, UA

Chicago $158

US

Kansas City $189

WN

Atlanta $129

FL, DL, UA, US

Miami $168

US

Boston $128

US

New York $77

CO, UA

Orlando $129

US

Miami $168

US

Toronto $215

AC, US

MexicoCity $398

CO, UA

London $609

BA

Paris $516

AF

Rio de Janeiro $864

UA

Frankfurt $603

LH

Tokyo $1,260

NH, AA, NW, UA

Airlines

AA American

AC Air Canada

AF Air France

BA British Airways

CO Continental

DL Delta

FL AirTran

F9 Frontier

HP America West

LH Lufthansa

NH All Nippon

NW Northwest

TW TWA

UA United

US US Airways

WN Southwest

Airlines constantly update fares and adjust the number of seats available at a given fare. Certain airport taxes and surcharges are not included in the price quotes. For a primer on using the Internet to find low fares, go to www.washingtonpost.com/travel, and look in the Travel Toolbox for air fare bargains.

SOURCES: Internet travel services and airlines.