Review date: September 2020
Luxury homes only
It’s been two years since I updated my review of this network and their listings have stayed constant. I believe Exclusive Exchanges offers points-based swapping, but there’s no information about it, just an option in the search.
Searching: Searches offer the option of selecting direct swap or points-based swap, the number of bedrooms, and the location selected from geographic drop downs that go to the city level in countries with sufficient listings. No further filters are available on the searches.
Listings: The search results include a large picture and information on the size of the properties as well as desired destinations of the owner. The detailed listings are very readable and include a map, additional pictures, amenities and information about the owner.
This site offers the following variations on house swapping:
- simultaneous or non-simultaneous house swap – this is the traditional model where two parties swap houses for an agreed upon set of dates. Non-simultaneous works best with second homes, but is also useful for people going on vacation and leaving their home empty. In this case each party picks different dates for the swap.
- swap points – earn points for letting others stay in your home while you are away, and then redeem those points to stay in any of the other homes participating in the program. In this network it’s called a “Credits exchange plan.”
Site design: Clean responsive site.
Additional features: As an exclusively luxury home site, the listings are high end properties in traditional vacation destinations. There is a messaging function within the website and a money back guarantee if you don’t find a swap the first year.