Living social deals this week include a fantastic deal for a beachfront bargain in St. Thomas as well as an affordable hotel in South Lake Tahoe.

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. St. Thomas, USVI –  Four nights/two adults and up to two kids age 12 and younger/$549 in a one-bedroom condo at the Crystal Cover on Sapphire Beach Resort on the beach in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands (an $1010 value). The deal also includes daily snorkel rental, a $60 watersports credit and a $25 food and beverage credit. Book by August 13, 2013; travel between now and December 21, 2012 or between April 16 and August 13, 2013. Deal expires at 11:59 p.m. EST on December 2, 2012.

2. New Hampshire – Two nights/two people/$269, Sunday through Wednesday, in a classic or deluxe room at the Colby Hill Inn Bed and Breakfast in Henniker, New Hampshire (a $489 value.) The deal includes a full breakfast daily, afternoon tea and cookies, a $25 food and beverage credit and a welcome gift basket. Book and travel by February 3, 2013. Deal expires at 11:59 p.m. EST on November 27, 2012.

3. New Orleans –  One night/two people/$109, Sunday through Thursday, in a king or double queen room at the The Saint Hotel, a boutique hotel in New Orleans’ French Quarter (a $193 value.) Book and travel by December 27, 2012. Deal expires at 11:59 p.m. EST on November 27, 2012.

4. South Lake Tahoe – One night/two adults/$69 at the 968 Hotel in South Lake Tahoe, California (a $139 value.) Travel between now and December 20, 2012. There is no expiration date on this deal, but there are only a limited number of rooms at this price.

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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Living Social Travel Deals: Virgin Islands Beach Resort for $137/Night and More