It's last call for family summer vacations

It’s last call for family summer vacations

July 4th, 2013

By Aimee Heckel

When did it become July? Wasn’t it just the New Year?

Luckily, it’s not too late to pull together that quick family summer vacation that you vowed to take this year. Stay flexible with your dates and location — call it an adventure, if you will — and you can still score a great deal, and make some memories before school starts back up.

Here are some great deals on last-minute family summer getaways. Now, book before it’s too late.

794532_79_b1. A resort in Los Cabos

The deal: Save up to 50 percent on hotels, get free extras and save 15 percent off tours and activities, when you book through Book through and get up to 8.5 percent Cash Back — up from 7.5 percent Cash Back for a limited time. Get free room upgrades and other available perks when you check in.

The deets: Stay at the Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa, an award-wining, village-style resort on Baja’s southern beach. Enjoy a private beach, bustling nightlife and ample shopping. Great for all ages (kids club and mini golf for the little ones, an adult-only pool and spa when you need to get away).

Want to save more on travel? Check out this long list of travel deals and discounts.

2. A family-friendly cruise

The deal: Save up to 75 percent off cruises. Join Family Cruise‘s free membership to get money-saving tips and access to last-minute markdowns.

The deets: Sign up and get access to a list of cruise deals, such as a four-star Hawaiian cruise on the Norwegian/Pride of America cruise lines starting at $1,249 per person. That’s 72 percent off, and just one example of many different deals you can find on this website.

3. American Airlines Vacations Fourth of July deals

The deals: Search a long list of deals, such as $300 off select packages with special July 4th promo codes at check out. For this week only, find huge discounts on travel, rental cars, hotels and more. The most practical deal: Book by July 4 and get $200 off a flight-car-hotel purchase of $1,500 or more, using the promo code: SUMMER200. Book through and get an additional 2 percent Cash Back.

Also, check out American Airlines Vacations’ Hyatt deals for discounts and free night stays.

The deets: Destinations include Dublin, Puerto Vallarta, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Kona and more. The special Hyatt discounts apply to select Hyatts, including Honolulu, Atlanta and Fort Lauderdale.

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Aimee's passion for storytelling has brought her around the world as a journalist, writing award-winning news articles about Haiti and Uganda. Aimee studied international journalism at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and she majored in journalism and German at Colorado State University. When she's not writing stories for a Colorado newspaper, she travels and volunteers for Think Humanity, her family's nonprofit that helps refugees and disadvantaged people in Africa. She's also a mom, a wife and a furious bargain-hunter. Reach out to her at, find her travel board on Pinterest, follow her on Twitter, or ping her on Google+.

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