Summer vacation 2013: Where to go - and how to save big

Summer vacation 2013: Where to go – and how to save big

May 7th, 2013

cun_200322pp2By Aimee Heckel 

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According to, the best time to book a domestic flight is 49 days — nearly three months — before you leave. And if you’re flying internationally, the hot spot is 81 days in advance.

In other words, if you want to get the best deals on your summer vacation, now is the ideal time to score the best deal.

Here are some of the excellent summer vacation deals that have caught our attention this week: 

The Cancun Oasis Palm: All-inclusive hotel, including airfare, starting at $961 for seven nights, from Apple Vacations. This deal is best for families, because kids younger than 12 fly, stay and eat, starting at only $359.

The Oasis Palm is a family-friendly, all-inclusive resort with a kid’s club and a 650-foot-long powdery white beach along a shallow, calm stretch of the sea.

Want to save more? Use this coupon code for free travel upgrades.


A cycling tour on Italy’s Adriatic Coast: LivingSocial is offering this deal at 51 percent off: $1,144 for a six-night stay in a four-star resort through June 15, or from Sept. 2 through Aug. 1. The deal includes most meals; organized and guided rides; airport pickup and ground transportation; and a tour of a winery and Italian farm, with tastings and a cooking class.

Save more money when you book your LivingSocial deal through and get up to 2 percent cash back.


The Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa: Funjet Vacations is offering this family-friendly, all-inclusive resort starting at only $112 per night (not including flight). Best of all: the website is running a special now through May 31, where up to two kids stay free when sharing a room with adults, when you travel between July 1 and July 20.

Money-saving tip: Use the exclusive promo code FALL200 and save up to $200 on your vacation, when you book your summer or fall vacation by May 23. Plus, get more offers, like free room upgrades, car rentals and more. Book through and get an additional 2 percent cash back.

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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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