updated 5/17/2011 1:53:25 PM ET 2011-05-17T17:53:25

Expedia is offering an early jump on summer vacations, with its largest offering ever of hotels and package bookings.

Discounts of up to 30 percent apply to nearly 11,000 hotel properties worldwide. Perks can include gift cards, food and beverage credits, and credits redeemable for local activities.

For example, an all-inclusive Cancun trip can start at $221 a night — half off the normal rate — and include a $200 resort credit. Or pick Las Vegas, an odds-on favorite, for $60 a night, plus a 2-for-1 helicopter or airplane tour.

The sale runs through August, although shopping early — and shopping around — can offer the widest selection and best deals.

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