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Why Home Exchange is a Good Vacation Lodging Option

Every house swap website has some sort of FAQ or introductory article about why you should participate in home exchange. But they all have some financial interest in getting you to sign up, so here’s my completely free-from-financial-interest take on it.

Fun night at my London hosted home exchange

While in London recently I spent a night at the home of a family in Brentford. This is a town about halfway between the city and the airport. It looks a lot like the rest of the London suburbs. A place that I would never have visited on my own. But it turned out to be […]

Earning home exchange points while traveling for work

I’m not very good about keeping my home exchange network calendars up to date. In theory, everyone notes the dates they have available. This makes searching for a swap much easier. But with our travel plans constantly evolving, I often forget to update these calendars. Still I get a lot of requests that end up overlapping […]

Last minute home exchange is sometimes possible

It was March 13 when I remembered that I needed lodging in London for one night on April 15. That’s last minute in the world of home exchange. But I figured with points I might have a shot finding something. I hopped on to LoveHomeSwap, one of the networks I use, and searched for homes advertising […]

How Pervasive is Misleading Advertising in Home Exchange?

My recent post about LoveHomeSwap’s misleading advertising was very popular and inspired a lot of responses. Some people are concerned that there is a widespread practice of misinformation in home exchange. I want to address this fear with some facts.

New GuestPoints Calculation on GuesttoGuest

On March 1 GuesttoGuest changed the way they calculate the point value of homes. GuestPoints are the currency this home exchange network uses house swapping. Everyone fixes on a value for a night in their home, and earns points by hosting guests. And then members spend those points staying at other people’s houses. I’ve written about the challenge of […]

Misleading membership claims from home exchange network LoveHomeSwap

On March 15 the advertising standards organization in the UK (ASA) ruled that the home exchange network, LoveHomeSwap, was misleading people by advertising 100,000+ members in 160+ countries. You can read the full decision here. I have never been able to verify the LoveHomeSwap membership claims. And they have never responded to my direct questions about the large discrepancy between […]

GuesttoGuest founder talks about the acquisition of HomeExchange.com

When GuesttoGuest announced their purchase of HomeExchange.com last week they publicized the plan to keep the two brands separate. While I think this makes sense in the short term, I didn’t see a good reason for this in the long run. I reached out to GuesttoGuest co-founder Emmanuel Arnaud to get more details on their plans and the […]

Two biggest home swap networks become one

Yesterday GuesttoGuest purchased HomeExchange.com, combining the two largest home exchange networks. This is big news in the very small world of home swapping. In a press release GuesttoGuest announced their plan to keep the networks separate. To me that makes this news a bit less interesting.  

Prepare your home for house swap or short-term rental guests

Thanks to Janis Chan of travelonthehouse.com for this guest post. I laughed when I read Josh Gondelman’s satirical article, “Welcome to Your AirBnB,” about the ultimately awful short-term rental. But it’s not entirely funny. We once stayed in an apartment that was full of cat hair, even though we’d explained we were allergic to cats, […]

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