Interested in doing a home exchange? Many people find that home exchanges are the perfect way to explore the world safely and inexpensively. You get the same comforts of home for much less than you would pay for other accommodations like hotels. Swapping homes is relatively simple and quite exciting, but for first-timers, it may be overwhelming wondering where to begin. Luckily, this guide will explain the basics of each type of home exchange, such as direct and indirect, and how to choose the best option for you. Let’s get started!

What Does It Mean to Exchange Homes?

The name says it all. A home exchange or house swap is when two people temporarily exchange homes for a set period of time. Generally, both homes are located in different areas, be it different cities, states, or even countries. What’s more, is that the properties often vary in style. You might own a high-rise apartment in New York City or Chicago, whereas your exchange partner might have a beach house in Jamaica or a ski chalet in the mountains. The beauty of trading homes is that you never have to visit the same place twice.

What Types of Homes Are Eligible for Exchange?

If you were to search for a home exchange website, you’d find several different options. However, not all home exchange sites are created equal because there is more than one way to do a house swap. For starters, a house exchange can occur between homeowners’ primary residences or their second residences, such as vacation homes, investment properties, or fractional resort properties.

THIRDHOME’s exchange club, for example, is exclusive to luxury second homes rather than primary residences to ensure the best experience possible. Staying in someone’s primary home often feels intrusive and uncomfortable because they contain the owner’s personal belongings. What’s more, is that exchanging primary residences limits when and where you can travel. When you swap primary residences, both parties are bound to that property’s specific location. 

A vacation home exchange, on the other hand, enables members to travel to more destinations and in more unique accommodations, such as yachts and five-star resorts. Not only can you swap your home for a stay in any destination of your choosing, but you’re also using your investment to your advantage. Rather than feeling guilty about your second property sitting empty, you can leverage it for additional and unique travel opportunities. It’s a win-win.

Understanding the Different Types of Home Swap Models

Direct Exchanges

Swapping primary residences translates to a direct exchange, which is where you simultaneously stay in somebody else’s home while they stay in yours. However, direct exchanges require you to find not only someone who wants to stay in your home but whose calendar and schedule also align with yours, which is especially challenging if you’re interested in a long-term swap. The direct exchange model doesn’t allow for flexibility of location or time frame and demands more advanced and extensive planning.

If you were to search for the perfect home swap match, it would take a lot of time and effort, including frequent correspondence. In fact, on average, 40 emails are exchanged between the guest and host members, which can be cumbersome.

Additionally, a direct home exchange may be difficult to arrange, depending on the location of your home. For example, someone with a penthouse in New York City might not be particularly interested in trading houses with someone in Oklahoma or Kansas. Consequently, direct exchanges tend to have a low rate of success.

Indirect Exchanges

An indirect exchange allows you to stay at another member’s home, even if they don’t stay in yours. The accommodating member receives an exchange credit to use as payment for their next exchange. This eliminates the need to coordinate schedules and allows maximum flexibility. 

THIRDHOME, for example, uses the indirect exchange model by awarding Keys (credits) to members when they offer stays at their home. This, in turn, allows the member to use their Keys where and when they want without having to find another member who wants to use their home. As a result, members are able to make real-time bookings and plans without having to send speculative requests and wait for responses. 

Best of all, THIRDHOME’s indirect exchange model is designed to work in tandem with conventional renting. Because our members choose which weeks they make available to other members of the Club, they are able to list any additional weeks on rental platforms, so they never need to worry about losing rental income.

Now that you’re familiar with the different types of home exchanges getting started is easy. To join THIRDHOME’s exchange club, simply qualify your home, browse our wide array of inventory, and begin traveling.

If you would like to learn more about our luxury home exchange opportunities, click here to browse our properties or visit our FAQ page.

From the southernmost tip of Africa to the countryside of Scotland, Giles Adams has been traveling from gorgeous home to gorgeous home in the Paramount+ original series, Millionaire Holiday Home Swap—a new show about the THIRDHOME lifestyle. Not only did Giles explore some extraordinary places for the first time, but he was also surprised by some unforgettable experiences along the way. He’s here to tell us all about his top five most memorable moments while filming Millionaire Holiday Home Swap!

Read Giles’ full testimonial below:

Millionaire Holiday Home Swap Contributor Giles Adams outside THIRDHOME Office in Marbella, Spain

There are several lakes and watering holes on the Leobo estate, which are teeming with wildlife. One has a large herd of hippos you do not want to get too close to, and there is also a resident crocodile. He is not huge, but he likes impala meat. So the team at Leobo feeds him by attaching a large chunk of it to a long rope, and it’s then tossed into the lake. You wait until the crocodile bites it, and then you can have a little tug-of-war with him. He is surprisingly strong, and he feels as though he has earned his supper. You don’t want to slip while being on the other end of the rope, though!

Millionaire Holiday Home Swap, Leobo Private Reserve in Vaalwater, South Africa
Leobo Private Reserve in Vaalwater, South Africa

Having never been to Norway, I was particularly excited to visit. Kristiansand is a little over four hours south of Oslo, and I picked up our member’s Aston Martin halfway through the journey. The rest of the trip down the gorgeous Norwegian coastline was unforgettable, and the salubrious comfort of the car made it even more special. 

Millionaire Holiday Home Swap, Kampedalen Estate in Kristiansand, Norway
Kampedalen Estate in Kristiansand, Norway

Penhill Estate is one of the locations I wish we had more time at; More time to spend with the new owner/member, Elo, and more time to shoot the properties on site. Just two hours outside of Cape Town, the drive was magical, and the setting was breathtaking. I hope as many of our members as possible get the opportunity to go.

We took a press trip to Château De Vézins a few years ago, and as such, I was excited to return to see Gaelle and Marc again. They have been busy and have completely renovated and extended the kitchen, added a gym/studio, and started renovating the top floor. But, the plans for the screening room in the semi-circular space above the main entrance would be something special. I hope to get a third invite back to see that when it is done.

Giles Adams, Director of Strategy and Operations at THIRDHOME, outside Château De Vézins in Loire Valley, France
Giles Adams, Director of Strategy and Operations at THIRDHOME, outside Château De Vézins in Loire Valley, France

Yvonne is Turin Castle, and Turin Castle is Yvonne. She is an incredibly warm force of nature and the definitive host, but the team behind the scenes makes this property so special. Very professional but equally comfortable with either serving tea in one of the many reception rooms or having a casual cup of coffee with you just perched on the stools in the kitchen. A special atmosphere. The split cellar with a signpost at the bottom of the stairs indicating either “Grain” or “Grape” was particularly memorable.

Owner Yvonne Corbett and butler Chris at Turin Castle in Forfar, Scotland

Watch Giles’ favorite moments and more on Millionaire Holiday Home Swap, now streaming exclusively on Paramount+ in the UK and Ireland.

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We sit down with Giles Adams, Director of Strategy and Operations with THIRDHOME, and learn how Millionaire Holiday Home Swap came to light.

Giles Adam outside Turin Castle in Millionaire Holiday Home Swap
Giles Adams, head of Strategy and Operations for THIRDHOME, outside Turin Castle in Scotland

How did THIRDHOME become the star of Millionaire Holiday Home Swap

In March 2019, we met Plum Pictures, who have been producing innovative programming for major networks in the UK and US since 2007. After a few meetings, they asked if we would be open to them creating a show they would pitch to UK TV channels, streaming services, and content creators.  

How did you decide on the format of Millionaire Holiday Home Swap?

Initially, we were thinking of taking our successful Best Job on the Planet contest and creating a TV series from it (think Amazing Race meets The Apprentice). At the same time, we were exploring a behind-the-scenes docuseries that gave viewers a peek behind the curtain to see some of the incredible homes we have in the Club and to meet the members simultaneously. This format felt more authentic and a truer reflection of who we are as a Club. In late 2019, Plum Pictures created a taster video that they would use to pitch to content creators.

How would you describe the show?

Millionaire Holiday Home Swap is a 6-part series where the viewer goes inside the homes and holidays of THIRDHOME members, including behind-the-scenes shots as hosts prepare for guest arrivals, backstories of the homes themselves, and some of the distinguished homeowners. You’ll also get to meet THIRDHOME’s Founder and CEO, Wade Shealy, and hear how THIRDHOME started and has evolved over the years. In conjunction with showcasing some of the members’ incredible stays, you will also get a peek into the daily workings of THIRDHOME, especially the European team in Spain. The series is beautifully shot and produced. It’s a great representation of the Club, the homes, and the experiences that members offer each other.

THIRDHOME employees outside office in Marbella, Spain
The THIRDHOME team outside their office in Marbella, Spain

How did the deal with Paramount+ UK come about?

While several channels and streaming services were interested in making the show, THIRDHOME and Plum Pictures felt that Paramount+ was the best home for it. They were keen on the angle, style, and format that THIRDHOME and Plum Pictures had suggested.

Paramount+ was introduced to the UK market this summer, and it is a great honour for THIRDHOME that Millionaire Holiday Home Swap is a part of the inaugural fall original UK content lineup.

How did you decide which homes and members to feature in Millionaire Holiday Home Swap?

We wanted to showcase a mix of properties that reflected the diverse range of homes in the Club. Not only did we want to highlight the international flavour of THIRDHOME by featuring far-flung locations, but also show the different types of experiences that we offer, such as skiing, safari, beach holidays, and cultural stays.

We were also looking to balance a blend of property showcases, member trips, and behind-the-scenes goings-on with our team that put all these stays together. Within the trips, we also wanted to show how members use the Club, from a couple traveling together to large multi-generational family reunions.

We know we have some great and varied members in the Club, and as such, we wanted to try and include as many of them as possible if they wanted to participate.

Trail's End luxury villa in Whistler, Canada
From left to right: THIRDHOME member Diana M. and partner in Italy, Can Oso villa in Spain, Louise Cottar owner of Cottars Mara Private Homestead in Kenya, Trail’s End villa in Canada

How did the pandemic affect the show?

The world shut down just as Plum Pictures was beginning to pitch the concept. Therefore, as most productions were put on hold in 2020, the conversations about putting the show together started back up again in 2021.

When did shooting start?

It has been a fast and furious six-month roller coaster. In early 2022 we signed the agreement with Plum Pictures. Filming began in February and ran through to the end of July. The window was very tight for a series of this length with so many locations, members, countries, and variables.

Internally, we agreed on a list of members and properties to approach, and much of Q1 was spent contacting these members and asking them whether they would be interested in participating. Thankfully, many members we wanted in the show were interested.

Editing started in March, and the show will launch on Paramount+ in the UK and Ireland for the first time on September 25th. It’s being delivered as a six-part box set allowing viewers to watch the whole series whenever they want, which is great news.

What challenges did you face with such a short production timeline?

The February to June shooting time frame was quite challenging, given that many of our European properties do not necessarily look their best during the winter months. As a result, we decided to shift most of the European shoots to the end of that window during spring and early summer and focus the early part of the schedule on winter, sun, and skiing destinations.

Stream Millionaire Holiday Home Swap on Paramount+ UK & Ireland starting September 25th.

Paramount+ includes a mountain of quality entertainment for everyone to enjoy. UK-based readers can subscribe here:

Paramount+ costs just £6.99/month or £69.90/year in the UK (€7.99 per month or €79.90 per year in Ireland) with a free 7-day trial available to everyone.

Sky Cinema subscribers get the bonus of Paramount+ included at no extra cost.

Interested in learning how you can swap your Millionaire Holiday Home? Click here to learn more.

Are you a fan of Scuba Diving? Do you enjoy exploring the depths of the deep blue sea?

Scuba diving is one of the most fun and exhilarating things a traveler can do while on vacation in a tropical location. But did you know THIRDHOME has stunning homes in some of the best diving locations in the world? Keep reading to learn where you can book your next scuba adventure!

Cabo, Mexico

One of the main benefits of diving in Cabo is that the water stays relatively warm all year long, with an average annual temperature of 76°F. Cabo is a desirable vacation spot in all four seasons because the weather is always warm, no matter the month. The types of sea life you can swim with are extraordinary. Divers can expect to see everything from different types of whales to sharks, rays, seahorses, and all types of fish.

The Beachfront Flats (Cabo)

At this beachfront paradise, the only thing standing between you and the Sea of Cortez’s aquamarine waters is warm sand. Nicknamed the “Aquarium of the World,” the Sea of Cortez is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the premier diving spots on the planet, with an impressive array of marine life.


Belize is home to the Great Blue Hole, one of the world’s most sought-after diving sites and part of the Belize Barrier Reef UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s the most famous dive in all of Belize, and most recognized by those who are unfamiliar with the Scuba world.

Still Waters

Located in the main town (San Pedro) on Belize’s largest island, lies one of its most attractive properties in Still Waters. Located near some of the best diving and fishing spots in the world, Still Waters sleeps 11 guests comfortably with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. If you get tired from Scuba, you can relax with local fishing, shopping, dining, and sailing!


The Maldives are known worldwide for their world-class diving. Comprised of 1,200+ islands, coral reefs, and coral islands, it’s not hard to imagine why. Better yet, because of the tropical climate, it’s also a place you can dive year-round. You don’t need to cram your trip into a narrow time period! Because of the diverse environments, divers can expect to encounter reefs, drifts, and even wreckage locations.

Not only are the Maldives known for their crystal clear waters and diving opportunities, but they’re also known for having some of the best and most luxurious hotels and lodging in the world. And the THIRDHOME destinations are no different.

Soneva Jani

Why not stay in a floating mansion for a week? Located on a cluster of islands in the Maldives’ Noonu Atoll, Noonu Atoll offers diving experiences for all levels and enables you to swim with grey reef sharks, stingrays, spotted eagle rays, barracuda, jackfish, morays, schooling blue-striped snapper, and turtles.

Soneva Fushi

Located not too far from Soneva Jani is one of the nicest resorts in all of the Maldives, Soneva Fushi. Located from the steps of the beach, this 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom villa offers a private swimming pool and slide, along with a private garden and deck that connects directly to the beach. Like Jani, Soneva Fushi offers world-class diving along with snorkeling, fishing, and other water sports.


The Great Barrier Reef. That’s it. That’s the sentence. This is the most famous dive spot in the entire world, and it is, of course, located in Australia. But that’s not the only place where divers can expect the trip of a lifetime: The Land Down Under is also known for Yongala, Osprey Reef, Coral Sea, and Navy Pier.

Unique Pebble Beach Home

The Whitsunday Islands are a group of 74 islands that lie off the coast of Queensland, Australia and form part of the Great Barrier Reef. The Whitsundays, and the Great Barrier Reef, are one of the most pristine dive destinations in the world, with spectacular coral formations, hundreds of species of fish, turtles, manta rays, and even visiting dolphins and whales.

Are you thinking about making your next THIRDHOME trip a scuba-filled retreat? Click here to find your next beach home exchange, and be sure to check out everything you need to know about diving in 2022.

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THIRDHOME makes the cut in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards survey!

Keep reading to learn how to vote for THIRDHOME and enter the sweepstakes to win a dream getaway with Viking Cruises!

Condé Nast Traveler asked readers to participate in the first Readers’ Choice Awards survey over three decades ago. It was created so they could learn more about where their readers had recently vacationed, which destinations were next on their bucket lists and all their favorite travel necessities. Your favorite destinations and travel stables need your love more than ever this year! THIRDHOME is thrilled to be a part of it in the Homestays & Villa Rentals category once again and would love for members to consider voting for THIRDHOME!

If THIRDHOME is one of your favorite ways to travel, and we sure hope it is, keep reading to find out how to vote in the 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards Survey. By taking the survey, you enter Condé Nast Traveler‘s sweepstakes to win a dream getaway for two with Viking Cruises!

Step 1: Click here to visit the Condé Nast Traveler‘s 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards website

Step 2: Create an account or “Sign In”.

Step 3: Click on our category, “Homestays & Villa Rentals”!

Step 4: Type “THIRDHOME” in the search bar.

Step 5: You will be prompted to answer a few questions about your last stay…

Step 6: Rate THIRDHOME on bookability, customer service, photos/information, portfolio, website, and variety.

Step 7: Last but not least, write a few sentences about your best THIRDHOME experience and why you’re voting!

Click “Submit” to cast your vote!

After taking these steps and completing the survey, you’re all finished! THIRDHOME is thrilled to be included in Condé Nast Traveler‘s 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards. Voting closes May 31st, 2021. Thank you for reading and voting!

Want more information about our Exchange Club? Click here to learn more about THIRDHOME.

The THIRDHOME Team headed to Austin, Texas to mix & mingle with members, partners, and friends.

The THIRDHOME Team headed to Austin, Texas to mix & mingle with members, prospective members partners, and friends. The THIRDHOME community recently gathered in Austin, Texas to talk luxury travel, home exchange, and exciting plans for 2022. CEO & Founder Wade Shealy welcomed the guests inviting current THIRDHOME members to share their home exchange memories with the group.

We were thrilled to share the stage alongside our Austin partners ABOVE, Legacy International, and Kuper Sotheby’s. And of course, it wouldn’t be a THIRDHOME party without great live music. Austin’s own Drew Fish, of The Drew Fish Band entertained guests with his top hits. We had a fantastic turn out for a fun night at Barton Creek Country Club. 

View the gallery below to check out the party!

Thank you to everyone who attended! We loved hosting this event and getting to see our members and friends in person after years of video calls. We plan to host more of these in several locations in the future!

Niki Christian Nutsch (THIRDHOME Vice President, International) recently returned from a family vacation at Vidanta in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Keep reading to learn about his experiences!

“Vidanta Riviera Maya is truly a haven of luxury, entertainment, relaxation, and natural beauty.”

Niki Christian Nutsch

Nestled in the midst of the tropical Mayan Jungle, Vidanta Riviera Maya is an experience like no other. This is the perfect destination for your next beach escape, as luxury vacationing meets the pristine, natural beauty of the Caribbean Sea and the Mayan jungle.

THIRDHOME members can explore over 1,000 acres of paradise, dotted with pristine pools and bordered by magnificent beach. The resort also includes nearly 20 bars and restaurants, a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, lavish spa services, and fantastic entertainment—including access to Riviera Maya’s resident Cirque du Soleil show JOYÀ, and to the fantastic water world that is Jungala Aqua Experience.

Grupo Vidanta has been a great partner for THIRDHOME for many years, so Niki wanted to get a firsthand experience. Traveling to Cancun from Europe is much more convenient and easier than you would expect, even with small kids. There are plenty of direct flights from many airports such as London, Manchester, Paris, Rome, Milan, Frankfurt, Madrid or Lisbon, with an average flight time of 10 to 11 hours.

Niki – who is based in THIRDHOME’s International office in Marbella, Spain – flew from Malaga via Lisbon to Cancun. At the time of posting this blog, there are no entry restrictions in Mexico and no obligation to carry a COVID test or quarantine, which made entering into the country fast and hassle free. Upon arrival, the complimentary Vidanta shuttle brought the family to the resort in about 30 minutes.

Offering access to everything Riviera Maya has to offer, as well as exclusive admission to a secluded beach area and pool, Grand Luxxe Riviera Maya is a private oasis in this lavish jungle paradise. The resort truly provides the perfect setting for a tropical escape. Spacious, modern accommodations feature open-plan living areas, gourmet kitchens, Italian-design bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs, and terraces with a plunge pool – ranging from one bedroom to four-bedroom (sleeping up to 12).

A plethora of activities were available during Niki’s stay, including cooking classes, salsa lessons, poolside activities, and the opportunity to book tours to explore the entirety of the Riviera Maya! Vidanta put a lot of care and thought into making everyone happy during every stay. The Kid’s Club kept Niki’s kids, Liam (5) and Sofia (2), completely entertained with an assortment of amazing activities, including water activities at the on-premise pool, arts and crafts, games, and so much more.

Dining at Vidanta Riviera Maya is an adventure in the jungle, allowing guests to experience fantastic cuisine from all around the world. Snack on ceviche, savor a juicy gourmet burger, or enjoy a perfectly cooked steak and signature cocktails at one of nearly 20 restaurants and lounges. At Salum, a bohemian village situated on the beach, you can explore the intoxicating allure of Mexico by browsing artisan goods, tasting beloved regional street foods, enjoying live music and entertainment, or dining on gourmet delicacies. Take a stroll through authentic flavors, sights, and sounds at this can’t-miss marketplace.

“The entire staff at Vidanta is outstanding! They far exceeded our expectations! Luisa and Estefany from the concierge service, Aurea the guest experience manager, Sergio the restaurant manager at Salum, just to name a few. So many staff members work in concert in front and behind the scenes to assure our stay was pleasing to the senses. Chefs, bellboys, concierges, pool staff, gardeners, waiter, housekeepers—they are all committed to creating the best possible vacation experience, and it shows in everything they do. At the Vidanta destinations, they greet you with their hand to their heart. This is called the “Saludo Vidanta”, and it’s a heartfelt gesture of gratitude for choosing to make your vacation memories with them. Here, you are their cherished guest and they have no greater pleasure than looking after you.”

Niki Christian Nutsch

Niki with his wife Monia, Liam, Sofia, and nanny Julieta.

“Vidanta Riviera Maya is truly a haven of luxury, entertainment, relaxation, and natural beauty,” concludes Niki. “The resort offers an unforgettable vacation for all ages and I encourage all our European members to discover all this and the other amazing Vidanta resorts for themselves. I have no doubt that they will have fantastic time and enjoy every single moment the way as my family did. In terms of traveling to Mexico, because it’s a long flight for us Europeans to consider, I recommend planning on a couple of weeks if you can.

Members, click here to view all available Mexico weeks. Remember, you must be logged in to your account to see availability.

Want more information about our Exchange Club? Click here to learn more about THIRDHOME.

Planning travel in the era of COVID-19 can be difficult. Between restrictions, delays, emergencies, or cancellations of any kind, so much is out of our control as travelers. However, we can control our whether or not our trips are protected.

COVID-19 is unfortunately not disappearing anytime soon, so it is more important than ever to be prepared for anything. Thus, THIRDHOME is now pleased to offer an exclusive Travel Insurance Program to all members via our trusted partners at USI Travel Insurance Services.

THIRDHOME’s comprehensive travel insurance plan includes coverage for:

Anything from terrible weather to a family emergency can derail your plans and bring your vacation to an end before it even begins. USI Travel Insurance Services includes coverage for many COVID-19-related disruptions. Please see below for all that is covered. Plans are offered to members at an exclusive rate and available for all your travel needs, regardless of whether you are traveling with THIRDHOME or planning a trip with accommodations outside the Club.

*Please note that THIRDHOME Keys are not covered by travel insurance providers, however exchange fees are covered.

Protect your travel investment – and enjoy your adventures – with THIRDHOME’s Travel Insurance Program. To learn more about the travel insurance plan options for THIRDHOME travelers, click here.

*For the most flexibility, purchase your plan through USI Travel Insurance Services within 14 days of your initial trip payment to be eligible for the Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) coverage upgrade. See website for policy Terms & Conditions, exclusions, and termination provisions.

Additional Resources:

*THIRDHOME strongly recommends a Trip Protection Plan for all reservations, especially while COVID-19 is prevalent. Exposure or illnesses related to COVID-19 do not qualify for a refund of Keys or exchange fees under our Terms and Conditions.


If you have any inquiries about travel insurance, please email Liz Bates at or call 615-997-3181. For any questions about THIRDHOME’s cancelation policy, reach out to your Member Experience Associate or email

Introducing the new way Exchange members can travel Keyless with THIRDHOME.

As part of our 2022 Club Updates, THIRDHOME is introducing Keyless Tokens. Learn how Exchange members earn the ability to book Keyless trips moving forward.

What is a Keyless Token?

A Keyless Token allows Exchange members to book any available Keyless stay within 60 days of arrival without using any Keys. You simply pay the Exchange fee. Keyless weeks will show the hourglass icon. See here:

How do I earn Keyless Tokens?

When any week that you add is reserved, you will earn a Keyless token. Tokens can be earned for Off-Season and last-minute weeks as long as the week is reserved.

Who is eligible for Keyless Tokens?

All Exchange members are eligible for Keyless travel; however, some fractional owners are not eligible for Keyless Tokens.*

*Disclaimer: If you are an Exchange member and fractional owner at Diamante, Rancho San Lucas, Hacienda Encantada, Hacienda Del Mar, or Casa Del Mar resorts, a Token will not be awarded. A different Keyless opportunity is available to you once your deposit requirement is met. Email if you have questions.

I am in an elevated membership tier. Do I now need Tokens to travel Keyless?

Members of Chairman’s and President’s Club tiers will continue to enjoy original benefits, including Keyless travel until your term expires (learn more here). However, as you add weeks, keep in mind that you will begin to earn Keyless Tokens for host reservations before your elevated membership expires.

Current Chairman’s Club members do not need to use Tokens to book 60-day Keyless, but a Keyless Token allows President’s Club members to book into Keyless 60 (as opposed to Keyless 30). Therefore, any Keyless Tokens earned and used by a President’s Club member will give you this benefit today.

Once your tier expires, your membership will move to the new system, and you will continue to be eligible for Keyless Tokens. You can see your total number of Keyless Tokens and find out when your tier expires by looking in your dashboard.

On your dashboard, click on “Account Details.”

From there, you will be brought to the “Manage Account” page. Here, you will select “Keyless Token History.”

You will then be brought to your “Keyless Token Summary” page, where you can see a history of your Keyless Tokens, including when they will expire.

Do Keyless Tokens expire?

Yes, each Keyless Token has a 24-month lifespan.

Can I travel Keyless without Tokens?

Sometimes. THIRDHOME will occasionally run exclusive broader Keyless promotions for the benefit of all. 

Using Keyless Tokens at Checkout

As of January 1, 2022, you may notice some changes to the booking checkout form. There is now an option to use a Keyless Token when applicable at checkout, as well as a new “TOTAL KEYS” line. This way, you can decide whether or not you want to use a Keyless Token on a qualifying reservation.

Here’s how you elect to use an available Keyless Token at checkout:

*Once “Use Keyless Token” is checked, the TOTAL (KEYS) drops to 0, and the reservation spends the Token to become Keyless.

If you do not have a Keyless Token, you will not be able to select the “Use Keyless Token” option, and the TOTAL (KEYS) will reflect the non-Keyless cost:

If you are in an elevated membership tier, such as Chairman’s or President’s Club, here is how you book Keylessly through your tier:

*This option will be available at checkout until your elevated membership tier expires.

Booking a week during a Keyless promotion? Similarly, you will see an auto-checked box, and the “TOTAL (KEYS)” will show 0. See here:

*This option will disappear at checkout once the promotion timeframe expires.

Remember: If you are an Exchange member and fractional owner at Diamante, Rancho San Lucas, Hacienda Encantada, Hacienda Del Mar, or Casa Del Mar resorts, a Token will not be awarded. A different Keyless opportunity is available to you once your deposit requirement is met. Email if you have questions.

For any questions regarding Keyless Tokens, please contact the Member Experience Team by email at or call 833-682-7264.

THIRDHOME Hosts now have protection for up to $5M USD of damage.

By partnering with SUPERHOG, THIRDHOME ensures that Guests and Hosts are protected during bookings.

THIRDHOME members are now protected by our award-winning risk-management partner, SUPERHOG. In the rare event a THIRDHOME Guest causes damage during a stay and doesn’t reimburse the Host, SUPERHOG provides protection for up to $5M in damage for any cause. This offer is global and includes both standalone homes and affiliate resort members.

Guest members continue to be responsible for their actions while staying in a property, and this does not absolve guests of any damage they inflict. However, our partnership with SUPERHOG allows THIRDHOME to offer members market-leading prevention. Our goal is to grant additional peace-of-mind for Host members.

What does SUPERHOG Protection cover?

SUPERHOG protects up to $5M in damage for any cause (accidental, deliberate, or malicious). Protection also includes public liability in case Guests have an accident or suffer an injury on a Host’s property.

How much does having SUPERHOG Protection cost?

Access to SUPERHOG Protection is included in your membership fee. This means that as a Host, all Exchanges through THIRDHOME will be covered by SUPERHOG automatically.

What do I do when I find damage?

In the unlikely event that a Guest causes damage to your property during a stay, reach out to your Member Experience Associate or Relationship Manager. Your dedicated THIRDHOME Team member will reach out to SUPERHOG and handle the rest.

Terms and Conditions for SUPERHOG Protection apply. Please visit for more information.

For any questions on SUPERHOG Protection, please contact the Member Experience Team by email at or call 1-833-682-7264.

The new and improved THIRDHOME Rentals is live now. With new properties, new destinations, and new opportunities for luxury travel, we look forward to helping you book your next getaway.

THIRDHOME would like to introduce you to our first preferred luxury rental partner: Smiling House!

About THIRDHOME Rentals

THIRDHOME Rentals features hand-picked, luxury only vacation rentals. Visitors enjoy the same elevated standards and appeal synonymous with THIRDHOME: the finest amenities, premier locations, quality appointments, and properties valued at a minimum of $500,000 USD.

About Smiling House

Smiling House is a network of stylish and exclusive private properties, created to connect travelers with unique chalets, villas, mansions, palatial castles, and apartments across the globe. They built their rental portfolio with extensive travel knowledge to bring together an attractive, vibrant collection of properties.

Each destination is hand-selected by Smiling House for its stunning location and distinctive approach. Discover getaways around the world: from in the snowy Alps of Switzerland to the white sands of Greece. Smiling House’s rentals are perfect for travelers seeking extraordinary experiences (and no less).

Our Partnership

THIRDHOME and Smiling House both invite luxury property owners and adventure seekers to a “new way of travel.” With the increasing demands for getaways, luxe ‘workations,’ and monetary return on second homes, this partnership is expected to further evolve the travel landscape.

THIRDHOME’s community of likeminded travelers is made up of guests who seek ‘the best’ and treat the properties they rent as they would their own home. Through our partnership with Smiling House, luxury rental listings are ever-expanding and always trustworthy. Our Guests can continue to book incredible vacation homes with confidence and without compromise.

Contact Us

For questions or more details regarding Smiling House or THIRDHOME Rentals, please contact

Click here to view all available THIRDHOME Rental stays.

Enjoy new opportunities for luxury travel with THIRDHOME.

Find your next luxury vacation home rental with THIRDHOME’s new and improved Rentals Program. Discover new properties, new destinations, new experiences, and new opportunities for one-of-a-kind travel. Your ticket to paradise awaits – browse all available rental properties here.

About THIRDHOME Rentals:

The THIRDHOME Rentals program is much like the Exchange Club in terms of the quality and caliber of homes available. Whether through Exchange or Rental properties, we guarantee travelers top-of-the-line experiences by listing the best of the best stays. If you are seeking a luxury-filled getaway, THIRDHOME has you covered.

Where can I go?

By the end of 2021, we expect to have 1,000+ vacation properties available for rent, and 10,000+ homes listed by the end of 2022. View availability here to reserve incredible homes in Croatia, France, Greece, Spain, St. Barth, Switzerland, and other desirable locations. We will be adding homes in more locations soon!

I’m a THIRDHOME Exchange member. Why would I rent?

THIRDHOME provides access to luxury properties all over the world. If you are unable to find an available stay within your desired location or timeframe in the Exchange Club, take a look at the Rentals. We’re here to help you plan the trip of your dreams.

If I’m an Exchange member, do I get any perks?

Booking: Yes, booking a THIRDHOME Rental will enhance future travel. For every Rental you reserve with us, you will receive one Key to use on the Exchange site. The more travel with The Club, the better!

Listing: THIRDHOME Exchange members with homes that meet the rental site and specification requirements pay a lower commission fee compared to other rental listing sites.

Interested in renting your home?

THIRDHOME Exchange Members – if you want to list your home on our rentals site, we will be accepting homes soon. As an added member perk our commission fees are lower compared to other rental listing sites. Reach out if you’d like to receive information.

Contact us:

For questions or more details regarding THIRDHOME Rentals, please contact our Rentals Manager Maria Rodriguez Ortiz at

Click here to view all available THIRDHOME Rentals.

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