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If you can hurry to purchase tickets by March 21, 2002, you will find seats on Air Canada flights reduced by as much as 40%. This is the airline's annual spring seat sale, good for travel beginning April 2 and completed by June 15, 2002. There are also summer savings, good between June 16 and September 30, 2002, which must, again, be booked by March 21.

Here are just a few of the Spring Sale bargains, a sample of the many that are available, all round trip, from the gateway cities indicated:

Los Angeles to Vancouver $240, to Montreal or Toronto $344
San Francisco to Calgary $252, to Montreal or Toronto $344
New York (Newark) to Montreal or Toronto $198, to Vancouver $408
Chicago to Toronto $198, to Montreal $232, to Calgary $342
Boston to Montreal $176, to Toronto $188, to Vancouver $408
Washington DC (Dulles) to Toronto, Montreal or Ottawa $188
Houston to Toronto $318, to Calgary $396
Phoenix to Vancouver $240, to Calgary $318
Denver to Toronto $334
Philadelphia to Toronto $184

Prices noted above do not include taxes and airport fees and the like. Sale seats are also limited, so book as soon as you can. There are many other Air Canada gateways, so be sure to inquire about departure opportunities nearest to where you live. The airline is also starting new nonstop service from Washington DC (Dulles) to Vancouver starting June 1. Spring comes a bit later in Canada than in the USA, so be prepared for cool evenings (dress acccordingly) and for hordes of sun-starved Canadians taking advantage of the good weather to get (and stay) outdoors for as long as they can.

Purchase tickets at www.aircanada.com, through travel agents or at Air Canada's reservations number, 800/247-2262.