just anyone requesting accommodation who is not a legitimate member?
- There are checks and balances built
into the system. For example when a request is made you must
immediately ask for their Reference Number and if you are uncertain
as to their legitimacy then you will check with the administrators before
accepting the swap.
I obligated to accept a swap request?
- No You
can accept or turn down a swap request as you see fit. We do however
expect all members to accept requests as often as they can and particularly
if they have open rooms available.Once you have accepted a swap it will
be binding on both Host and Guest (see agreement and code of practice)
What happens if a member books with
me but does not pitch?
- Let us know and we will take disciplinary
action against the wayward member. We will still credit your
account as though the swap had taken place.
Can I allow
others (friends or family) to utilize my credits?
- Absolutely, the credits are yours to
do with what you like
- Only the registered owner is permitted
to request bookings
Please note that ALL BOOKINGS need to be made via the registered owner
of the establishment.
- Friends or family can not make a request
on their own they need to work via the registered owner.
- The registered owner takes full responsibility
and will be held liable by the Host for any damages or claims of misconduct
of friends or family they have sponsored.
Do I need to use
all my credits at the same time or at one establishment?
- No, you can book into a number of different
places for how ever many days you choose.
Do I have
to agree to accept "guests"for the full 12days?Isn't this too
many? I am not able to take 12days leave of my business so why should
I have to have others stay with me for that amount of days?
- You can have "guests" for
as many, or as few days, as you choose. If you choose to (say) have
"guests" for only two days, then obviously once your initial
starting package has been used you will only have accumulated two days
"credits" (you can determine what your own level of participation
will be and tailor your portfolio accordingly)
Do I need
to "reciprocate" the owner/s of the establishments I stay in
by having them in my establishment.
- No, the person you stay with earns "credits"
(days) which are then "banked" with the database for his/her
use when ever they choose to use them. They can then choose to stay
with any other fellow member (including you) at a time
convenient and negotiated between themselves.
if I wish to terminate my membership or sell/transfer my establishment?
Do I get a refund on accumulated credits? And should I want to join again
in a few years time, would I be given another 12days starting package?
- You can terminate your membership at
- There are no refunds on credits- remember
that there are no cash transactions.
- There is no refund on your yearly subscription
- If you sell your establishment and the
new owner wants to join the scheme he/she will have to register as a
- If you
sell your establishment or close it down and provided you have been
a member for 2yrs or longer, have a credit balance in your account and
keep your subscriptions paid up to date you can apply to the administrators
to remain a member until such time that you have utilized all remaining
credits. This concession shall NOT be applicable if you resign from
Accommodation Swap for what ever reason.
- Should you register again within two
years after terminating your membership you will not be given another
starting package - you would have to build up "credits" before
being able to swap.
You said we would
start with 12days credit. Once this is used and no-one has requested to
stay at my establishment can I apply for another 12 credits?
- The 12days credits awarded when first
registering is to get new members started.Thereafter the system is based
on a careful balance of spending and earning credits. The principle
method of growing credits for all members is via hosting.
- What happens if by no fault of yours
you run out of credits? There are two ways you can recharge your credits:
- We have introduced a "bonus"
system which allows members to earn five credits for every new
member they bring on board. Every member can earn extra credits in this
way - and
- If there is no "strike" against
your establishment ( turning away a booking request when you could have
accepted ) then you are able to purchase a bundle of six credits per
trading year providing you have been a member for more than 1 year.
Can I accumulate
more than 12days credit and then use them any time, perhaps years later?
- Yes, provided you remain a fully paid
up member. Should you resign your membership however for what ever reason
you will lose all your credits
a different credit charge between one and five star rated establishments?
We have had a good look
at this and we believe that our method is the fairest for all types
of category establishments.
The argument is if
a one star owner stays at a four star establishment they should
have to pay more credits than if they had stayed with an equivalent
one star rated establishment.
That might work, and
would be fair, on a "one on one" swap bases (as clearly
the one star owner is getting a far better deal than the three to
five star owner) But this is not a one on one swap scheme.
- The emphasis is not on WHO is swapping
with you - that, really, is irrelevant. The reason for you accepting
a swap is to accumulate "credits" to be utilized
when swapping with whatever establishment you choose.It's all
about how many credits YOU can accumulate so that you are able to
stay where you want and at your choosing.
We believe that a "proportionate"
credit system would be an inhibiting factor which would impact
negatively on the higher star establishments ability to earn "credits"
Most owners would be reluctant to spend more credits on swapping
with a higher rating establishment than themselves.This would mean
that members would end up swapping, more or less, on a linear bases,
to the detriment of all for earning maximum "credits"
As a host can
I charge for cleaning and other services ?
Is there a
different credit system for B&B's and Self Catering establishments?
No, this system is based
on trading and swapping credits. It doesn't matter who stays at your
establishment you still earn the same amount of credits, which you
can then utilize to stay where ever YOU choose.Someone who owns a
Bed & Breakfast might very well want to stay at a self-catering
establishment and vice versa.
- Inorder to
"level the playing field" however, those who own establishments
other than self-catering would not be expected to provide meals.(this
does not mean that this could not be negotiated or paid for separately)
- B&B establishments will have the
option to accept credits in lieu of payment for breakfast. This
option is not mandatory and can be negotiated at time of making a booking.
- The unit
for bartering shall be: 0.5 credits per person per night/day except
if an individual uses the scheme he/she shall count as 1 credit.
Please note that
a separate swap form must be submitted for each
room booked except if it is a self catering establishment
defined as - if the entire unit is normally booked out as a whole.
The unit for bartering shall be:
Each person will count as half a
credit except in the case where there is only one person using the
scheme (in which case they will count as one credit) At the END
of the stay the credits will be rounded off to the nearest, highest,
whole number if you are a "host". If you are a "guest"
the credits will be rounded off to the nearest lowest whole number.
(both benefit - The maths is done automatically on submission of
the swap form) Should two people require two separate rooms each
person shall be regarded as one person on their own - see table
- 1 person on their own in a separate
room for 1 night = 1 credit
2 persons in two separate rooms for 1 night = 2 credits
2 persons in one room for 1 night (2x0.5) = 1 credit
3 persons in one room for 1 night (3x0.5) = 1.5 credit (see what
happens when the result is not a whole
number in the example below)
As a "host" you have three guests occupying ONE room
and they stay for three nights:
3 nights at 1.5credits per night = 4.5 credits - rounded off to
5 credits earned. (for host)
As a "guest" in the above example it will be rounded
off to 4 credits spent (for guest)
Do children under
the age of 12yrs also count as 0.5 credits per day?
This is quite a difficult one to set a
policy on as some establishments charge for kids and others don't. We
have decided to give the benefit to both parties vis a vis:-
GUESTS - two adults plus two children under
12yrs of age your account will be debited for only two adults at 0.5 =
1 credit used.
HOSTS - same as above but the hosts receive
4 x 0.5 = 2 credits ( 4 adults charged)
In this way both parties benefit.
What if there
are three persons making a booking and we need to use two rooms instead
In this case the person on there own utilizing
a separate room will count as 1 credit per night (as in above charging
fee for 1 person on their own) - again this will only be applicable if
the establishment is a B&B. If it is a self catering unit booked out
as a whole then it does not apply.
How can I
keep track of my credit/debit status?
Access the "my Account" page
and click on "my credit balance".
Please note that members need to be responsible
for and keep their own swap form records. Our data base will store forms
for up to 4 months after which they peel off the system.
an unscrupulous person from using my name or establishment in order
to get a holiday?
There are stringent security checks made
on anyone logging in. You will be given a unique reference number and
password for your exclusive use.
However the registered person is solely responsible for the security
of his/her reference number and agrees to absolve the administrators
of any liability of whatsoever in the event of their reference number
falling into the hands of and being used by third parties.
If you've seen enough and want to participate,
go to (click here) "registration",
and follow the procedure. Once the form has been processed and the joining
fee validated you will be sent an e-mail confirming your membership. This
e-mail will also contain your personal, unique reference/registration
number which should be kept in a safe place for all future contacts/queries
you might make.You will then receive 12days credit with which you can
immediately start trading.
Don't forget to first read the membership
terms and conditions as laid out in the (click here) Agreement
and code of practice that all members must accept and pledge to
NB if for any reason the registration
form is not functioning correctly on your browser you can also use this
alternative e-mail address, click on admin ADMIN
to manually register and subscribe.
How much is this
going to cost?
We have tried to "compare apples with
apples" by charging not more than one days takings, for two people
sharing, in a middle of the range (3 star) guest house.
Please note that on registration there
is an initial joining fee that all new applicants must pay
plus a proportionate subscription fee for the months remaining up to June.
Thereafter an annual subscription fee payable in June. Go
to the joining fees table for
quick reference on fees due when joining.
Our fees are structured to encourage you
to remain a member and even if you don't trade credits for a couple of
years the membership fee is so low that you will make it all up with just
one nights swap.
For less than one days takings
can anyone not afford to join?