Filling out your calendar is the last step in signing up, and it’s what allows you to be contacted by other members. Here’s how to find an exchange by filling your calendar out well and knowing which members to contact.
How does the calendar work?
Filling out the calendar, the last step before starting to exchange your home
To earn the 750 free GuestPoints for signing up, you need to indicate a period of availability in your calendar. Three types of availability are possible:
An “AVAILABLE” period
AVAILABLE: when the house has a period of availability marked, it means you can arrange an exchange. You also have a greater chance of a positive response to your request.
Members with a period of availability will probably respond favorably. It appears in green on the calendar.
Example: this home will probably respond “yes” to an exchange request for the first week of August.
A “GUEST WANTED” period
GUEST WANTED: can mean either:
- the member is actively looking for guest to earn GuestPoints (in a non-reciprocal exchange, because they won’t come to stay at your home)
- the member is actively looking for a reciprocal exchange.
You have thus the greatest possibility of a positive response to your exchange request.
Members with a period of availability will certainly respond favorably, (and if it isn’t the case, you may notify them that their calendar isn’t correctly filled out). It appears in red on the calendar.
Example: this home will certainly respond “yes” to an exchange request for this weekend highlighted in red.
An “UNAVAILABLE” period
UNAVAILABLE: when the house has a period of unavailability marked, it isn’t free for an exchange (either occupied by its owners, rented for the season…)
You have almost no chance of having a positive reply to your request. It appears in grey on the calendar.
Example: this home will certainly respond “no” to an exchange request outside the dates highlighted.
What is a “default” period in the calendar?
It indicates whether your home is more often available for exchange during the year or not.
How to find an exchange: here’s how to fill out your calendar
Step 1: select “unavailable” by default
Choose a “default availability”, to say whether or not your home is home is available year-round.
If it’s your primary residence, and you are limited in when you can take your holidays, choose “unavailable”. In Step 2, you can put your exact vacation days. This will avoid receiving unwanted exchange requests.
Step 2: add your vacation days as an “available” period
Indicate precisely which dates you’d be open to an exchange.
If it’s your primary residence, add “available” periods when you want to do an exchange. You can even choose “GuestWanted” when you are actively looking to host, for example if you need more GuestPoints. For example, you can add a GuestWanted period if you’re going away for a weekend, a work trip, or longer holiday, and your home is sure to be free.
Special cases: second homes or retirees
If it’s a home that is more or less uninhabited year-round or if you’re open to exchanges at any time of the year, the process is the inverse.
If it’s your second home or if you’re retired, list your home as “available” by default. Next: add periods of unavailability when you’ve planned to be at home or when the house is otherwise occupied.
How to find an exchange: examples of a calendar well or poorly completed
Well completed calendar: A good calendar clearly indicates the periods of availability as shown below.
Poorly completed calendar: A calendar poorly filled out is “available” or “GuestWansted” all year, and risks receiving unwanted exchange requests and not replying to all of them.
How to find an exchange: know how to read the calendar
Members to avoid contacting
If, for example, you’re looking for an exchange starting the week of the 7th of August:
Poorly completed calendar: Avoid contacting members who are “unavailable” during the week that interests you.
Poorly completed calendar: Members with “GuestWanted” marked all year haven’t thoughtfully completed their calendars. You risk wasting time by proposing an exchange to them.
The members to preference to find an exchange more quickly
Well completed calendar: Members with precise “GuestWanted” or “available” periods such as those below are preferable.
Where to find my calendar on GuesttoGuest?
How to find an exchange? Update your calendar! You’ll receive more relevant offers and find an exchange more quickly.
- Sign in.
- Place your cursor (but don’t click!) on your profile picture in the upper right corner.
- Scroll down and click on “My Home”.
- Click on the tab “Calendar”.