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!

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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.

Questions?

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

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 hour-glass icon and with an “Available Keyless” message. See here:

How do I earn Keyless Tokens?

When any week that you deposit is reserved, you will earn a Keyless token. Tokens can be earned for Off-Season and last-minute deposits, 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 memberexperience@thirdhome.com 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 make deposits, keep in mind that you will begin to earn Keyless Tokens for host reservations before your elevated memberships 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 find out when your tier expires by looking in your dashboard. Your tier status and expiration date appear at the top of the page:

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 memberexperience@thirdhome.com if you have questions.

For any questions regarding Keyless Tokens, please contact the Member Experience Team by email at MemberExperience@thirdhome.com 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 www.superhog.com for more information.

For any questions on SUPERHOG Protection, please contact the Member Experience Team by email at MemberExperience@thirdhome.com 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 rentals@thirdhome.com.

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 maria@thirdhome.com.

Click here to view all available THIRDHOME Rentals.

If you notice your account is on limited status, it means that you have not made your required deposit or have not paid your annual dues.

To return to normal account status you must:

  1. Pay your annual dues of $295
  2. Fulfill your annual deposit requirement

Note: Full owners must deposit 1 Key-earning week every 12 months.  Fractional owners are required to deposit 1 Key-earning week every 24 months. The date of your last deposit will be used to track this requirement. Off-season and short notice weeks that book will also fulfill their requirement.

If you are up to date on your deposit but have not paid your annual dues, you can pay at any time. Otherwise, the fee will be added when you reserve a trip. Monetary credit can be used to pay for the full price of your annual dues. 

What CAN I do if my account is on “limited” status?

What CAN’T I do if my account is on “limited” status?

For any questions regarding limited account status, please contact the Member Experience Team by email at MemberExperience@thirdhome.com or call 833-682-7264.

Announcing THIRDHOME’s new partnership with USI Affinity Travel Insurance Services!

Life is full of the unexpected. So is travel, which is why we love it. But sometimes things can go wrong. Thus, THIRDHOME is incredibly excited to announce our partnership with USI Affinity Travel Insurance Services. We want members to be prepared for the uninvited “what-ifs” with a travel insurance plan.

Here are 5 Reasons You Need a Trip Protection Plan 

1. You’ve invested a significant expense in your trip. If you have to cancel, you may lose that money.

Cancelling a trip is disappointing enough. You don’t want to lose your entire trip investment on top of it. The Trip Cancellation benefit may provide reimbursement of unused, non-refundable travel arrangements. Read your policy carefully for policy Terms & Conditions, exclusions and termination provisions.  You may purchase the Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) benefit option and you can cancel your trip for any reason outside those listed in the policy to cover your non-refundable trip costs. (For CFAR coverage, you must purchase your plan within 14 days of your initial trip deposit. Other conditions apply. Read policy for details. Not available to residents of NY.)

 2. Once you’ve departed on your trip, plans can still go wrong.

Unfortunately, baggage loss or damage is not uncommon. Neither are travel delays. Our plans offer coverage for these scenarios. And if your trip is interrupted due to an unforeseen event, our plans may cover that too. Read the full list of covered reasons for Trip Interruption in the policy.

 3. You need coverage in case you get sick or injured while away from home.

If you get sick or injured on your trip, access to emergency medical and sickness coverage is important. Many people mistakenly believe medical care outside the U.S. is free or very cheap. This is not the case, particularly when you’re traveling outside of the United States. In fact, many travelers have been shocked at the cost of care abroad.

The insurance plan also includes Emergency Medical Evacuation for medically necessary transportation to the nearest hospital or appropriate facility, following a covered illness or injury. Read policy for benefit details.

4. The travel insurance plan gives you access to global 24/7 assistance services.

Let’s say your passport was lost or stolen in at the airport. Or your prescription medications were left behind at home. Or you twisted your ankle on an excursion and need to find a doctor. Who do you call or where do you go for help? Your plan comes with access to 24/7 global travel assistance services. If at any point you have any question during your trip or need assistance, you can call the numbers provided and get immediate assistance.

5. Protect your vacation, plus emergency medical expenses and belongings while traveling.

We hope your trip goes smoothly. But think of your non-refundable financial trip expense. Would you be comfortable losing it in the event of a cancellation? And perhaps more importantly, think of the expense you could face if you become sick or injured while traveling and need emergency medical care or an evacuation. Purchasing travel insurance for can help make your trip more enjoyable and relaxing. And that’s the whole point, right? 

For more details on travel insurance benefits and limits, please visit www.travelinsure.com/thirdhome or contact USI Affinity Travel Insurance Services Customer Service at 855-874-0156 and reference THIRDHOME account #50054.

*THIRDHOME strongly recommends a travel insurance plan, One option is the Tour Protection Plan for ThirdHome travelers underwritten by Starr Indemnity & Liability Company.   See website and Read the Policy Carefully for a full list of plan benefits, policy Terms & Conditions, exclusions, and termination provisions.

THIRDHOME Policy Note:

Exposure or illnesses related to COVID-19 do not qualify for a refund of Keys or exchange fees under our Terms and Conditions.

For many homeowners in The Club, hosting is an essential part of your membership. In exchange for the opportunity to travel the world and visit other members’ luxury residences, members host trusted fellow THIRDHOME members as guests in their own vacation homes.

As you deposit time into The Club, you will by definition host more often. However, this means that you will earn more Keys and have additional opportunities travel in return. At THIRDHOME, we value our hosts and greatly appreciate your contribution to our inventory. We offer residences in 99 countries thanks to our gracious hosts worldwide.

If you have sold your vacation home or are considering selling your property, please let the THIRDHOME team know. It’s important to ensure that all deposits are made in good faith. If a member has booked a stay in your home, it is our expectation that you will make accommodations to honor that reservation. Do not hesitate to pass along the new homeowner’s information, as you will receive a referral credit if they join.

Additionally, please update your account if your primary residence has moved or any of your personal information has changed. You can do so by logging into your account, clicking on your top right profile icon, selecting the “manage” gear, then selecting “Edit Profile.”

Keeping our profile up-to-date is the best way to maintain a fair exchange program. Click here to log in and update your records, and reach out to memberexperience@thirdhome.com for questions or concerns.

Ever considered life at sea? Something more than the typical week-long, crowded, commercial cruise experience? That’s the ethos of an exciting new partner we recently added to the THIRDHOME family. Storylines is a luxury cruise ship, but this vessel is far from any standard cruise line. Instead, think more along the lines of a luxury ocean-going condominium complex, where a Storylines resident/owner can choose to be at sea 12 months of the year.  

The ship will be delivered sometime in the second half of 2024 and consist of 547 individually-owned cabins, with Residences ranging in price and size from the efficient studio apartment priced at $367,000 USD, up to the Global Suite, featuring 2,200 spacious square-feet of living space on two floors offered at $8m USD.  

Once Storylines inventory is available on the Exchange, residence owners will be offering month-long stays aboard the ship as it navigates the globe. If the last 18 months have taught us anything, it is that it’s possible to manage business from anywhere. This includes four weeks aboard the most well-appointed ship of its kind anywhere in the world.  

Before stays become available, click here to set a saved search for Storylines availability to secure a reservation aboard this one-of-a-kind ship!  

Members interested in long-term lease or purchase plans are encouraged to inquire here. 

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