This chart shows low round-trip fares from the Washington area to popular destinations. 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 the 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 Dec. 26-Jan. 1.

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 $339

NW

San Francisco $246

UA, US

Las Vegas $209

HP, WN

Los Angeles $249

UA

Chicago $144

US

Minneapolis $189

NW, SY

Denver $324

UA

Dallas $209

AA

Kansas City $209

WN

Houston $196

CO, WN

Atlanta $119

FL, DL, JI, UA, US

Miami

$164

UA

Orlando $152

US

New York $94

AA, DL, TW, US

Boston $119

US

Toronto $188

AC, US

MexicoCity $416

DL

London $382

VS

Paris $506

AF

Rio de Janeiro $1,315

AA

Frankfurt $423

UA

Tokyo $1,260

UA

airlines

AA American

AC Air Canada

AF Air France

CO Continental

DL Delta

FL Air Trans

HP America West

JI Midway

NW Northwest

SY Sun Country

TW TWA

UA United

US US Airways

VS Virgin Atlantic

00WN 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.