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Five Great Last-Minute Summer Vacation Deals

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If you’re dreading the inevitable drop in temperature and are just not ready to say goodbye to the long, warm days of summer, you’re not alone. But don’t worry: You can still soak up last-minute savings to destinations where summer reigns supreme. In no particular order, I give you these five great last-minute summer vacation deals.  

United Vacations is offering $100 off last-minute summer vacation packages to places in Hawaii, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Canada, and the U.S. You must book by August 15, 2010, and travel before September 15. Use promotion code ASTSUMMER when booking.  

If you’re thinking about staying a bit closer to home, but want to experience the bright lights of a big city, Marriott Hotels is offering Summer in the City hotel packages to Boston, Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington, D.C. Rates start at $120 per night (without taxes and fees), and include hotel accommodations, two free adult city sightseeing passes, and free breakfast for two people. Travel is valid through September 5. Use promotional code CUE when booking.

When it comes to tropical destinations, St. Maarten is a sun baby’s little slice of heaven. And Sonesta Hotels is currently offering up to 50 percent off at two of its premier resorts, with its Summer Splash Sale. Book by August 14, and save up to 40 percent off room-only stays and up to 50 percent off all-inclusive vacations. Prices start as low as $115 for all-inclusive and $123 for room-only stays.

It’s rare that procrastination is rewarded, but Funjet is giving last-minute bookings a gold star by offering airfare-and-hotel vacation packages starting at $244 per person (without taxes and fees).

Aimed at gay, lesbian, and transgendered travelrs, but open to anyone, Kimpton Hotels’ Summer of Pride promotion offers up to 15 percent off nightly rates at Kimpton Hotels around the country, as well as a $25 Kimpton restaurant dining credit, and a pride welcome gift upon check-in.  Travel is valid Thursdays through Sundays before September 5. Use promotion code PRIDE when booking.

These are the best deals available right now, but keep an eye out because new promotions are offered every day.

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