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How I wasted points booking a home swap I don’t need

I just booked a 2 night stay in Bali in a fabulous looking home right near the beach, with a pool and even with staff as it’s part of a resort. I’m really just passing through Bali; I need to fly there to catch a flight home. This story is kind of complicated. And it involves […]

Love Home Swap Review – June 2017

Review updated: May 2016 lovehomeswap.com Founded in 2009 14 day free trial $240/year membership, $408/year standard (always on sale for $276), $816/year platinum (always on sale for $408) English and French Significant venture and private equity funding since 2011 8,532 listings (counted) Review update notes: I just published an updated review of this network in May, but then […]

Hosting more strangers via GuestToGuest home exchange

This year I planned a vacation to Japan that involved traveling between cities every few days. There aren’t many home exchanges available in Japan. And moving around that much makes it even harder to find house swaps. So I used hotel points for mostly free lodging on this trip instead. And that means my home […]

Homelink Review May 2017

Review date: May 2017 homelink.org Founded in 1953 $95/yr (variable pricing by country up to $153 USD equivalent in New Zealand and down to $63 in Turkey) Originally a paper-based swap service founded by a man focused on swaps for teachers in the U.S. and a woman focused on swaps for armed service people in the UK. 12 […]

Guest to Guest review May 2017

guesttoguest.com Founded in 2011 Free, with charge for add on services including verification and security deposits. Single founder, created by 22 families from around the world English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Dutch 289,000 listings in 187 countries (92,000 active listings) Listings by region: Asia: 7,720 North America: 33,208 South America: 59,429 Europe: 199,233 Africa: 24,569 Australia & New Zealand: 2,028 Guest […]

Intervac Review May 2017

Review date: May 2017 us.intervac-homeexchange.com Founded in 1953 $99/year, 20 day free trial 13 languages Started in Europe by some teachers 5,843 listings (estimated) About 5,000 of these listings are in Europe, with a big concentration in France. Note: Intervac does not make it easy to calculate total membership. I counted up the listings by searching on all possible geographic regions, […]

LoveHomeSwap membership and search shenenagins

“Honesty is for the most part, less profitable than dishonesty.” ~ Plato Last week, right after I released my updated Love Home Swap website review, I noticed that LHS updated their search interface. Among other changes, they removed a filter that I criticized pretty harshly. Overall I’m disappointed with the LoveHomeSwap search functionality. … It is also very […]

LoveHomeSwap Review May 2017

Review updated: May 2017 lovehomeswap.com Founded in 2009 14 day free trial $240/year membership, $408/year standard (always on sale for $276), $816/year platinum (always on sale for $408) English and French Significant venture and private equity funding since 2011 49,000 listings (estimated) Important note on membership claims: the Advertising Standards Association in the UK recently ruled that LoveHomeSwap’s membership claims […]

Is Points Borrowing a Good Option for Home Exchange Members?

On my recent London home exchange I met a family who borrowed some points from LoveHomeSwap to book their next vacation. This week LoveHomeSwap sent out an email advertising this points-borrowing service so I looked more closely at what they are offering.

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