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Published on : Friday, November 18, 2016
HomeExchange, the world’s largest home exchange network, has come with another unique concept allowing world travel for free. Through its breakthrough ‘Passport’ program, its subscribers can stay in destinations of their choice just by hosting different members.
To make it more clear, Passport introduces a one-way, non-reciprocal exchange option that members have been seeking.
Explaining the program Jim Pickell, President of HomeExchange said, “Our members in Hawaii dream of a trip to Paris, but Hawaii may not be the first choice for Parisians who may fantasize about New York. How could we accommodate everyone’s wishes? Well, we now have the answer: Passport.”
Building upon the traditional model of HomeExchange. where members coordinate two-way exchanges, the Passport program allows members to use one “Balloon” to stay in any other members’ homes without necessarily hosting them in return, reports traveldailynews website. A Balloon is earned by hosting another member, also in a one-way exchange, thus expanding the world of exchange opportunities.
HomeExchange also abolishes any consideration of the duration, location or size of the homes in a non-reciprocal program. Thus, balloons are earned regardless of length of stay, type of accommodation, or location.
“Our members embrace all of the positive attributes of sharing. They’ve made HomeExchange a place where hospitality goes beyond the homes being exchanged. Providing this radically increased flexibility is merely a natural extension. In recognition of their needs and usage, we’ve prioritized conviviality over calculation,” Pickell said as reported by traveldailynews.
Each time HomeExchange members host at their homes, they earn a Balloon that can be redeemed on a stay with any other members open to hosting the Balloon holder. A first Balloon is earned after committing to host another member or renewing membership for a second year.
HomeExchange was founded by Ed Kushins, a pioneer of the “collaborative consumption” movement and has facilitated over one million home swaps since 1992.