GuestPoints is the way in which the hospitality of our members is rewarded.
Whenever you invite a HomeExchange member to your home, they give you GuestPoints to thank you.
Subsequently, thanks to these GuestPoints, you can travel anywhere you like, to the home of your dreams.
How do GuestPoints work?
With HomeExchange you can do reciprocal exchanges. You stay in someone's home and they stay in yours. However, you can also organize a new type of exchange: a non-reciprocal exchange with GuestPoints.
GuestPoints is a system that was created in order to facilitate non-reciprocal exchanges:
- We earn GuestPoints when we welcome people to our home.
- We use GuestPoints when we stay in someone's home who does not wish to come to our home in return (non-reciprocal exchange).
For example: You live in Paris and you want to go to London. Your host in London does not plan to visit Paris, they would like to go to Madrid. The solution is simple: offer them GuestPoints to stay at their home.
HomeExchange calculates a number of GuestPoints per night for each house, which depends on a number of different criteria (number of beds, equipment, location etc).
If your stay lasts 5 days and your host's home is 60 GuestPoints per night, the calculation is simple: you will give 60 x 5 GuestPoints = 300 GuestPoints to your host, which they can use for their vacation in Madrid.
When do the GuestPoints get transferred in an exchange?
The transfer of GuestPoints is done automatically when an exchange is finalized.
If you are organizing a non-reciprocal exchange, GuestPoints would be used.
If you do a reciprocal exchange, you can do it with or without GuestPoints. If you do this with GuestPoints, the difference in GP attribution of the two homes is taken into account.
Reciprocal home exchanges
The reciprocal exchange: another member comes to my home and I go to theirs, on the same dates or different dates.
GuestPoints can be exchanged or not, it is up to you to choose and discuss this with the other member.
For example: If the homes have different values or if the dates are not the same, both members may agree to an exchange with GuestPoints.
- How many GuestPoints (GP) would Zoe give me to stay in my home: 48 GP per night and Zoe stays for 3 nights at my home. 48 GP x3 nights = 144 GP for 3 nights in my home.
- How many GuestPoints (GP) would I give to Zoe to stay in her home: 65GP per night and I stay for 5 nights. 65 GP x 5 nights = 325 GP for 5 nights at Zoe's home.
I would, in this case, give Zoe the difference: 325-144 = 181 GuestPoints
Non-reciprocal home exchanges
The non-reciprocal home exchange:
- I go to a person's home but they do not come to my home.
- And / or someone comes to my home and I do not go to theirs.
For this type of exchange, we would use the GuestPoints!
Zoe would like to come to my home in Paris but I do not want to go to her home in Barcelona, I would prefer to go to London. I am happy to welcome them to my home for a period of 2 days, therefore I would earn 100 GP because my house has been attributed 50GP / night.
I am a great host to Zoe, even though I am not going to her home.
She will rate me, which is very important to be accepted as a guest or selected as a host in the future (in order to earn more GPs to travel). With the 100 GP I earn from Zoe, I can go to Peter's home in London for 4 days (25 GP per night) or spend two days at Mary's (50 GP per night).
How are GuestPoints calculated?
The number of GuestPoints assigned to your home is automatically calculated using a unique algorithm which was created by our site. This algorithm takes into account a number of different aspects of your home listing: the location of your house, the size, the number of beds, the different equipment (TV, computer, etc.).
Please note that you have the ability to change the number of GuestPoints manually on your home profile. However, we do not recommend this because we feel it is important that all houses be assessed equally.