Summer vacation: How to get great deals on popular destinations

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PHOENIX -- While the official start of summer is weeks away, Arizonans have already started making travel plans. As the largest leisure travel provider in the state, AAA is revealing its summer travel preview to provide insight into where Arizonans are going and what travelers need to know in the vacation planning process.

"While some Arizonans may modify their travel plans due to rising fuel costs, our booking data indicates that many folks are still choosing to embark on a much-needed summer vacation," said Amy Moreno, director of travel services for AAA Arizona.

AAA Travel bookings have increased more than 5 percent to date in 2012 compared to last year.

AAA spokeswoman Michelle Donati ran down some great deals for a few of the most popular destinations for Arizonans.

She also offered three easy tips for vacation planners.

1. Budget for fees.

2. Search out savings.

3. Take advantage of technology.

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