Like Groupon and Yuupon, Living Social has entered the weekly travel deal game. Like the others, their Living Social Escapes offer around 50 percent off of standard rates at hotels, bed and breakfast inns and large resorts scattered around North America and abroad. Similar to Groupon, Living Social gives you a set amount of time to purchase the “deal,” although any offer can sell out before that date. Unique to Living Social is the option to get the entire deal for free if you recommend the deal to your friends (either real or Facebook friends will do) and they subsequently purchase the deal.

Below is a sampling of this week’s deals:

1. Williamsburg, VA – One night’s accommodation for two adults in a deluxe one-bedroom suite at the Kingsmill Resort along the James River just outside of Williamsburg, Virginia for $169 (a $337 value.) The Living Social voucher also includes breakfast for two and a 25 percent discount on spa services and greens fees at the resort. Book and travel by March 31, 2012.

2. Niagara Falls – One night’s accommodation for up to six people in a two-bedroom cityview suite at the Hilton Hotel and Suites in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada for C$159 (US $157), a C$334 (US $330) value. The Living Social voucher also includes a full buffet breakfast for two, a $75 dining credit, two drinks, a $10 lunch credit and a wine and tasting tour for two. Book and travel by March 29, 2012. Several blackout dates apply.

3.  Carnival Cruise – Enjoy a four-night cruise for two people in an inside cabin on a Carnival cruise from Miami to Cozumel for $569 (a $1200 value.)  The deal includes all meals and non-alcoholic drinks on the ship. (Transportation to Miami and port taxes and fees are additional.) Book at least 90 days in advance; travel by July 18, 2013. A few blackout dates apply.

4. Chicago – One night’s accommodation in a one-bedroom studio for two adults Sunday through Thursday at the Avenue Crowne Plaza in downtown Chicago, just steps away from North Michigan Avenue for $119 (a $238 value.) Book and travel by March 31, 2012. Several blackout dates apply.

To read more about these deals, visit the Living Social Escapes Website. Unlike the other deal sites, Living Social gives you 30 days to return the voucher for a full refund. After that, the vouchers are non-refundable, so be sure to read the fine print before giving them your credit card. All of the above deals expire at 11:59 p.m. on January 17, 2012.

Have you ever taken advantage of a Living Social Escape deal?

Living Social Escapes for this Week: Chicago, Niagara Falls and even a Cruise