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Finding and booking great weekend specials is easier than ever with all the online tools at our disposal. Read through our five top tips and browse hot weekend specials below. Click here for more great vacation packages for couples and families.

1. Check airline web sites like Continantal, American, Delta and Nortwestern for last minute weekend specials and packages. Airlines post flight and package deals every week in an attempt to sell their empty seats. That's when looking for last minute travel deals can really pay off.

2. If you have a favorite hotel or resort you want to visit, chek their Twitter page for some of the best last minute weekend specials out there.

3. Use tools like Kayak and Farecompare to compare airline ticket prices, hotel room rates and car rental rates.

4. Try for deeply discounted hotel and airline rates, often at four and five start hotels and resorts.

5. Call the hotel directly and ask them if they are offering any weekend specials or packages which include additional perks such as spa treatments, golf, valet parking and other benefits.

Land Rover driving school lesson

Get away for a few days of adventure, off-road driving and other activities in Vermont.

The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa is offering the Off-Road driving vacation package which includes:

  • Two night Superior Room accommodations
  • One hour Land Rover driving school lesson
  • $249 weekday and $349 weekend

Renew Your Vows at Grand Wailea Resort in Maui

Grand Wailea Resort is offering a vow renewal package which lets you relax and re-connect in a romantic setting. The "Just the Two of Us" vacation package includes:

- Private Gallery Art Tour and Private Botanical Tours offered at Grand Wailea
- Marriage Vow Renewal (chapel or beach location, morning services only) includes one hour ceremony, licensed minister, Vow Renewal certificate and one 8 x 10 framed photograph of couple/family
- 5night minimum stay

30% Off 3 Nights on the Strip

Paris Las Vegas is offering a Las Vegas deal which lets you stay longer and save more.

This deal gives you 30% off your stay when you book 3 nights in January, February, June, July, and August 2012.

Guests must be 21 or older to book hotel rooms. Valid only at Paris Las Vegas Casino & Resort. Not valid with any other offer. Additional restrictions may apply. Three night minimum stay required. Blackout dates apply.

Guided Adventure or dinner in one of the restaurants in Vail

Get away to Vail, Colorado, with the family vacation package at Sonnenalp Resort of Vail. Go hiking and mountain biking in the summer, and skiing in the winter.

The "Adventure Package" at Sonnenalp Resort of Vail includes:

  • Daily Breakfast
  • a Coupon for your choice of golf or spa treatment
  • Sonnenalp Guided Adventure or dinner in one of the restaurants

Rates for this adventure family vacation package start at $200 per person per day April 19 - June 13; from $265 June 14 to September 19, and from $200 September 20 - November 24. Rates are per person per day, double occupancy.

Vacation Deal in the French Riviera

If you've always wanted to visit the French Riviera but kept putting it off in the last few years because of the strong Euro compared to the Dollar, here is your chance.

Hotel Royal Riviera in France is offering rates from 195 Euro per night in 2011, quite a bit lower that we were used to seeing.

The "Temptation Rate" vacation deal also includes a room upgrade if available when you are checking in.

Guests have access to the heated outdoor swimming pool and fitness center.

Save 30% at the Flamingo Hotel

If you are looking for good value on a room right in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, take a look at the 30% Off Special offered at the Flamingo Hotel.

Guests receive 30% off a 3-night stay in January, February, June, July, and August 2011. be 21 or older to book hotel rooms. Not valid with any other offer or discounts. Additional restrictions may apply. Three night minimum stay required. Blackout dates apply.

Find out more about the Flamingo Hotel.

4th Night Free Luxury on Oahu

The Kahala Hotel & Resort on Oahu, Hawaii, is famous for its sandy beach and luxury rooms. The hotel is offering the 4th night free & breakfast package in 2012 which includes:

  • Stay 4 nights and get the 4th Night Free
  • Enjoy complimentary breakfast for 2 in the Plumeria Beach House or designated restaurant
  • Welcome lei upon arrival
  • Nightly turndown - Complimentary daily newspaper

All Inclusive Las Vegas Vacation Package at Luxor

The Luxor is offering an all-inclusive Las Vegas vacation package that gives you over $350 in savings. The special includes:
- All You Can Eat, All Day, Every Day at MORE, the Buffet
- 2 tickets to CRISS ANGEL Believe
- 2 tickets to BODIES... The Exhibition
- 2 tickets to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- 2 Nurture Spa Day Passes
- 2 VIP Admissions to CatHouse
- Special Promotional Gift
- Free Admission to LAX Nightclub
- VIP Check-In

Ask for the BASHOVER VIP All Inclusive Package.

Rates for this offer start at $250 per nightthrough January 31, 2013.

Cooking School Florida Vacation Package

Relax on the beach and learn to cook on the same vacation. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is offering two-day cooking school packages in 2012. Ask for the 2012 Cooking School at Salt packages.

One person rate: $899 for the two night package
Two person rate: $1,259 for the two night package

  • Overnight accomodations for two nights in a coastal view room
  • Two-day cooking school at Salt
  • Daily breakfast, champagne du-jour, and luncheon
  • Salt apron and recipes
  • 4 p.m. check-out
  • Overnight valet parking

Fazio-designed Golf in Southern California

Play golf at The Resort at Pelican Hill in California with this golf vacation package. Ask for "Golf Stay & Play", available until 12/30/2012 which includes Two rounds of golf on one of the Fazio-designed courses (once per stay) and Early check-in, based on availability. Rates starting from $695 per night, based on double occupancy. Inclusions are exclusive of any applicable taxes, gratuities, and service charges.