Direct home exchange: Log into your secure member’s area, look though all the exclusive properties around the world, make contact with other owners via secure messaging, and start home swapping!
Credit trades to travel: Home exchange with credits is simple and works best for those who have more than one property. You earn credits when another member stays in your property; you then use those credits to stay in any other member’s property.
For example: You let Kate stay in your villa in the Caribbean. With the credits you earn, you stay in Will's ski chalet in Colorado, Will goes to Sara’s condo in Thailand, and so on..
Your home exchange / trade property has a credit value based on its potential Weekly Vacation Rental Value. The property does not need to be a rental home.
The Credit trade system is simple: $100 = 1 credit
$1,000 = 10 credits
$10,000= 100 credits and so on.
Earning extra credits: Introduce us to new members and receive up to 5 free credits per referral (worth $500 of vacation time) and your friend (new person joining) will also receive up to 5 free credits. As an added bonus, when your friend (referral) trades the first time, you will also get another 50% of that trade's credit value. Hear from our IVHE members.
Love home swapping? Try it with IVHE home exchange and start saving straight away.
We returned from a fantastic IVHE home exchange trip to London and Copenhagen. My husband commented on the trip, "This is the only way we are going to travel from now on!" I agree!
Sommer 04 Jul 2013 #0699
For those looking for direct swaps only.
Swap as many times as you like for free.
Phone verified members
ID verified members
Property verified members
Tailor our exchange agreement to suit you.
No limit on the number of properties you can list.
Get to know your hosts and guests.
For second / vacation home owners looking for the freedom of choosing locations without the ties of a direct home swap
Tailored home exchange agreement
4* Star Verification
Secure member to member communication
Plus the following:
Benefit of flexible scheduling with more destinations.
Participate in our unique Prime Time program and get credits to use from day one.
You have a personal travel coordinator to find & organize your luxury home exchanges.
Additional benefits and even more personal service to save you time and plan a perfect vacation.
Whatever life brings in the way of your vacation, your credits are protected.
Looking for the best restaurants or things to see and do? Let our Travel researcher help you!
Ability to buy top up credits if you don't quite have enough.
Option of only receiving requests from ID verified home exchange members.
Save time and let our listing team set up your property for you.
You rent your vacation property, so why home exchange?
You can do both. Almost all vacation homes have vacancies. Turn those vacancies into valuable IVHE Credits that you can enjoy using around the world. You can still continue to rent out your property, by also listing in IVHE, you can earn credits for weeks not rented. Remember with IVHE you get the full value as if renting, allowing you the choose and visit new vacation locations.
With IVHE's unique Prime Time offer, you are guaranteed to receive credits, just like a rental booking, but with no chance of a cancellation. This is an ideal option for you to start planning your next vacation with IVHE now. If you have a rental cancellation, try lising your property on our Last Minute Availability promotions.
If you have a holiday villa, hotel, cottage, yacht, lodge, cabin or any type of vacation rental and like travelling yourself, then our home exchange credits system can give you more value than your vacation rental income. IVHE gives you the option of turning your one property into hundreds while saving you money.
How to request a Credit Trade or Direct Swap
Log into your members area. Have a look at the stunning IVHE Home Exchange members' properties, find a property you would like to visit, and submit a Trade Request or a Direct Swap request.
For Trades: Your personal trade coordinator will contact the owner to see if it is available for the time requested. We do all the work for you! Once a suitable property is found, you and the owner confirm the trade, we will send both IVHE Home Exchange members a trade agreement. The host signs it first then it will come to you, you then have up to 7 days to finalise travel arrangements before having to sign the agreement. The host has already agreed.
The visiting member pay’s a 7% arrangement fee.
For example; if staying in a 10 credit property the fee would be $70
IVHE Pricing for 2015
When making a credit trade, effective 15th January 2015, the Arrangement Fee will be 9% of the value. Example, if using 20 credits (valued at $2,000) for a trade, the Arrangement Fee would be only $180, still saving you 91%! The minimum amount for an Arrangement Fee will be US$ 95. These changes will be effective for all trades agreed from 15th January 2015. Trades agreed before the 15th January 2015, will be on the current structure.
For a Direct Swap: Use the direct home swap box in your members area to send them a message, it's that simple, if you would like the same personal service as for a credits trade, let us know, the process and fee is the same.
IVHE has helped us connect with members across the world. My partner and I thoroughly recommend IVHE as one of the best, most effective exchange websites in existence. Thanks to IVHE we have stayed in wonderful vacation properties all over the world.
I highly recommend IVHE as an international home exchange service. It offers a different concept. We've explored so many different places. The service has been phenomenal, very personal and prompt and we've had only excellent results from IVHE.
Susan 31 Oct 2011 #0128
We aim to respond to e-mail's or phone enquiries in less than 24 hours, and would like members to do the same where possible. We are happy to make phone enquiries.
Visiting Wales is always a pleasure. The stunning beauty of the landscape, friendliness of the people and of course the tasty freshness in all the food makes Wales one of my favorite locations in the United Kingdom.
This trip we headed for Pembrokeshire in Southwest Wales. For ramblers (walkers) the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail twists and turns its way over 186 miles of the most breathtaking coastal scenery in Britain. Much of the path is quite near the coast; in fact you cross nearly 30 beaches. When not walking on sand, you might be at the top of a stunning cliff. Most fit walkers will be enjoy the challenge of the ‘ups and downs’ the trail presents as at the top, the views can be stunning. It has been said that the total ascent and decent along the trail is over 35,000 feet, equivalent to climbing Mt Everest – just in much shorter and less steep sections.
There is a vast array of costal flowers and birds to keep your eye busy. Of course my favorite is to catch a glimpse of bottlenose dolphins that live around Cardigan Bay. For those wanting to get closer, during the summer months, there are sightseeing boat tours. Elsewhere along your route you can encounter seals and occasionally spot a whale off the coast.
A treasure of a find is the village of Tenby. The Welsh name Dinbych-y-pysgod, translates to little fortress of the fish. With a history back to the 9th Century, the town today known for both its 13th Century medieval town walls including the Five Arches barbican gatehouse. Notable history during the Wars of the Roses, Henry Tudor (the future King Henry VII) stayed within Tenby’s sheltered walls before sailing into exile in 1471. In the 1800’s the town had a revival as a spa town. The Victorian architecture has been retained and maintained, often in a light pastel color scheme, giving the town a feel of being on the French Riviera.
A very local treat is finding Caws Cenarth (http://www.cawscenarth.co.uk) organic cheeses. Carwyn, the son of the founders now running the business, treated us with sampling many of his very wonderful cheeses. We really enjoyed learning about his farm and cheese business as he shared with us the origin of many of the flavorful delights. Though known for their cheese, ask about his chorizo, excellent!
As a member of International Vacation Home Exchange, IVHE, you can enjoy staying a range of country cottages (home exchange properties 0677 and 0692).