Nightswapping.com is a new and innovative travel arrangements website which is based on the age old concept of bartering, and allows individuals and homeowners to travel the world without paying for accommodations.
How Does It Work?
“Nightswapping” is a term that is used when people from around the country and even around the world decide to “swap” living arrangements for an equal amount of time. For example, a couple from San Francisco who is traveling to New York could switch apartments with a New York resident who was traveling to San Francisco during the same time period.
Generally speaking, these types of arrangements would traditionally take place on websites like Craigslist and Reddit, and all arrangements would occur person-to-person. But Nightswapping.com has decided to create a place where people all over the world can come and arrange to nightswap.
The advantage to working with Nightswapping.com as opposed to person-to-person arrangements is that you don’t need to swap directly with someone. You can let someone from Florida use your home for a weekend and then get credit for a two night stay at any other available lodging on their website.
When you do decide to create a listing on their website, either for your entire home or just a guest room, you will automatically be given free nights from Nightswapping as a thank you for participating.
All homeowners are protected by a system of insurance policies, privacy policies, and contracts, but perhaps most importantly the website offers homeowners the ability to speak with potential guests online and approve or decline guests as they see fit.
The website does that they are open to travelers who do not have homes posted on their website as a way to travel to new locations and stay in a real neighborhood and get exposure to cities outside of the traditional tourist areas.
People who are willing to list their homes or rooms on their website will receive free nights as a sign up bonus, as well as be awarded free nights each time you host other travelers. If you plan a trip and have not yet earned all the days for the time in which you’d like to travel, you can purchase the remaining nights you need.
All costs will vary depending on the space you rent, the city in which you are renting, and any extra fees you incur while staying in a space.
Unfortunately this website does not currently offer any information regarding Refund or Cancellation Policies. Their website says that nightswappers will “formalize their arrangement” through a contract, but any fees that are collected are collected by the company directly and not the people whose homes you stay in, meaning that if you contact them and inquire about potential refunds on fees you have paid to their company, someone should be able to provide you with refund information.
Customer Service Contact Info
Customers who would like to contact Customer Service with any questions, concerns, or complaints can do so by submitting them online to their website or by phone at +33 (0)4 37 92 93 93.
There are not many available user or customer reviews at this time, but there are different blogs and publications that have expressed excitement over the potential offered by Nightswapping.com.
However, there are a lot of other speculative articles that have been written expressing some serious concern about the lack of security safeguards that have been put in place by this website, specifically surrounding the idea that since people who accommodate nightswappers are nightswappers themselves, and vice versa, there is an inherent honor code that everyone will adhere to.
It’s not surprising that this concept has made some reviewers very nervous, as there only needs to be one person that takes advantage of this system to result in a horrible situation for a homeowner and potentially negatively impacting the process for everyone.
Competitors and Alternatives?
There are other websites that allow you to rent homes in residential neighborhoods, like Airbnd.com, HomeAway.com, VRBO.com, and many others, but they do not offer a swapping format, just a traditional renting format.
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