Want to fly to Japan for free? Top five deals for travel.

Looking for a weekend getaway? Here are the five best travel deals of this week.

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With the backdrop of illuminated Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo skyline, images of dolphins appear during Odaiba water illumination show in Tokyo, Friday, March 19, 2010. Travelers could get a free flight to Japan if they book a roundtrip to Hong Kong.

If you're planning an exotic vacation, you may have noticed that flights eat up a big chunk of your budget. But fear not! We've rounded up five of this week's best travel deals on airfare so that you can spend less money on getting there and more money on spoiling yourself. Get free flights to Japan, save $23 on flights to Hawaii, or take a day trip on a private plane to Niagara Falls from as little as $584.

  • Cathay Pacific Roundtrip to Hong Kong with Free Roundtrip to Japan
    Vendor: Cathay Pacific
    Price: From $1,135.83
    Lowest By: $1,468
    Expires: June 15

    Is It Worth It?: This Editor's Choice deal is actually $49 less than yesterday's mention of Cathay Pacific flights to Hong Kong, and that was without the add-on roundtrip flight to Japan. This 2-for-1 sale means that you can shop til you drop in Hong Kong's labyrinthine malls and alleys, then jet over to Japan and immerse yourself in the tranquility of Kyoto.

    This price is based on flights from New York, NY, (JFK) to Hong Kong (HKG) with departure on September 12 and return on September 30. The additional flight departs from Hong Kong (HKG) to Osaka, Japan, (KIT) on September 20 with return on September 30. Book this travel deal by June 15 for select travel September 1 through December 9.

  • American Airlines Roundtrip Domestic Flights
    Vendor: ShermansTravel
    Price: From $99
    Lowest By: $124
    Expires: June 13

    Is It Worth It?: Can't wait until September? American Airlines has roundtrip domestic flights for next weekend from as little as $99, which is the best rate we could find for that weekend by $124 and within a few dollars of the lowest price we've seen for weekend fares from American Airlines. So be spontaneous and board a flight to bluesy Chicago, jazzy New York, or even get a little country in Texas.

    Click on "" in the main paragraph to see this sale; all taxes are included. This price is valid on flights departing from Dallas, TX(DFW), with arrival in Wichita Falls, TX (SPS), on June 20 with return on June 24. Book this travel deal by June 13 for outbound travel June 20 and 21 with return flights on June 23 and 24.

  • United Airlines Roundtrip Flights to Florida
    Vendor: ShermansTravel
    Price: From $184
    Lowest By: $10
    Expires: June 20

    Is It Worth It?: Okay, okay, maybe you need a little more time to pack. Opt for a United Airlines summer flight to the Sunshine State instead and save $10. Whether you're looking for sandy playgrounds in Miami, golf courses in Myrtle Beach, or Disney World memories in Orlando, the flights on this deal will save you money.

    Click on "" in the main paragraph to see this sale; all taxes are included. This price is valid on flights departing from Washington, D.C. (IAD), to Tampa, FL (TPA), on July 16; prices vary depending on the departure cities and dates chosen. Flights are valid on Wednesday departure only. Book this travel deal by June 20 for Wednesday travel from July 1 through August 31.

  • Hawaiian Airlines Roundtrip Flights to Honolulu
    Vendor: ShermansTravel
    Price: From $495
    Lowest By: $23
    Expires: June 15

    Is It Worth It?: Maybe you're looking for a truly relaxing, "lei"-ed back holiday. Hawaiian Airlines has late summer roundtrip flights to Honolulu from $495, saving you $23. Honolulu is the most developed city in Hawaii, so if you want to explore beyond Honolulu's world famous attractions like Diamond Head or Waikiki Beach, you're in the perfect place to hop an inter-island ferry or flight, or even board a cruise.

    Click on "Hawaiian Airlines" in the main paragraph to see this sale; all taxes are included. This price is based on flights from San Diego, CA (SAN), to Honolulu, HI (HNL), departing on September 11 with return on September 15. Book this travel deal by June 15 for travel September 1 through October 31.

  • Mauiva Niagara Falls Day Trip Experience via Private Plane
    Vendor: Mauiva via Dunhill Travel
    Price: From $584.10
    Lowest By: $65
    Expires: June 15

    Is It Worth It?: Hey, some of us used up all our vacation leave in January! If you don't have a lot of time off, you can still leave it all behind and get away. Mauiva has day trips from New York to Niagara Falls on private planes - cutting out lengthy check-in procedures! Plus, you'll save $65 on this air cruise if you book by June 15.

    Enter "dunhill10" at final checkout to see discounted price. This roundtrip 1-day trip departs from New York City and includes pickup and drop-off transportation from Times Square, roundtrip flights in private planes, and your choice of four attractions on either the U.S. or Canadian side of the falls.

  • Paula Kerrigan is associate travel editor for, where this article first appeared:

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