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Take a hot-air balloon ride at sunrise over California's Temecula Valley with a deal from Groupon Getaways. (Credit: Groupon.com)

What's better than a cheap vacation? A free vacation, of course.

To celebrate its 15th birthday, Travelzoo just launched a 15 Golden Giveaway campaign, with 15 exotic vacations up for grabs including a Tanzania safari, a luxury St. Lucia escape, trips to France and Portugal, and more. You can win instantly when you "like" Travelzoo on Facebook. Didn't win? Play daily through Sept. 14; at Facebook.com/Travelzoo.

You can't go to Greece without doing some island hopping, and Great Value Getaways is offering nine days in Athens, Mykonos and Santorini with hotels, round-trip airfare and daily breakfast included from $1,995 per person; at greatvaluegetaways.com.

Save 48 percent on a Lake George vacation with Living Social Escapes, including a three-night stay for up to four guests in a two bedroom suite at the waterfront Blue Water Manor with a water activities package for two that includes water skiing, tubing, banana boat rides and more; $423 at livingsocial.com/escapes.

For the ultimate romantic getaway, try the Inn at Churon Winery in California's Temecula Valley, a French-style chateau with fireplaces and bathtubs for two in the rooms. You can get one night's stay and either a sunrise hot-air balloon flight over the valley or a limousine wine tour with tastings for 46 percent off at Groupon Getaways; $330 at Groupon.com.

Jet Blue wants you to Jet This Party Started with select flights for as low as $49 when you book by July 31 for travel dates between Sept. 3 and Dec. 18. Destinations from New York include Washington, D.C. ($59), Nantucket ($62), and Martha’s Vineyard ($67); at jetblue.com.

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