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 […]
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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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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, […]
I almost always plan my trips before I start looking for a home exchange. Either I’m going to be somewhere for an event (i.e. visiting family for a holiday) or I’m going to be somewhere for specific dates and I’ve already booked free award flights for the trip. This means I have to find a home exchange […]
I get a lot of reader questions that go something like this: “I live on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland. I really want to do a home exchange to Wichita Kansas. Can you tell me which home exchange network I should join to find someone in Kansas who will want to come […]