Living social deals this week range from scenic Sonoma, California to the big city appeal of New York City. Like Groupon and Yuupon, Living Social offers weekly travel deals at savings of up to 50 percent and more.
Living Social sets a deadline to purchase the “deal,” although they can sell out earlier. Living Social offers the unique option to get the entire deal for free if you recommend it to your friends (real and from Facebook) and they subsequently purchase the same deal. These offers allow ample time to use them before they expire.
A Sample of this week’s deals:
1. Baltimore Inner Harbor - One night/two adults/$182 at the Pier 5 Hotel in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor neighborhood (a $304 value.) Includes breakfast, a bottle of wine and a crab-cooking demo. Book and travel by August 15, 2013. Deal expires at 11:59 p.m. EST on August 19, 2012.
2. New York City - One night/two adults/$234 in a standard room at the Paramount Hotel in New York City’s Times Square. The deal also includes breakfast daily and four cocktails. Book and travel by September 3, 2012. Deal expires at 11:59 p.m. EST on August 19, 2012.
3. Sonoma Bed and Breakfast Inn - Two nights/two people/$399, Thursday through Monday at the English Tea Garden Inn in Cloverdale, CA (a $670 value.) Includes breakfast daily, a wine tasting passport to area wineries, and two bottles of Sonoma County wine. Book and travel by November 19, 2012. Deal expires at 11:59 p.m. EST on August 19, 2012.
4. Smoky Mountain Cabin – Two nights/two people/$311 at the Gatlinburg Cabin in Cosby, TN in the heart of the Smoky Mountains (a $622 value.) The deal also includes a $50 dining credit, a culinary class for two, a picnic lunch for two, and two bottles of sparkling cider. Book and travel by May 20, 2013. Deal expires at 11:59 p.m. EST on August 19, 2012.
To read more about these deals, visit Living Social Escapes. Living Social gives you 30 days to return the voucher for a full refund. After that, the vouchers are non-refundable. Be sure to read the fine print before giving them your credit card number.
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