Whilst one might expect to hear a degree of vocal protest at anyone suggesting miles / cash swaps, I wonder if there might be another way? Swapping travel awards for travel awards seems to be less objectionable to some in the points world, and there are occasional forums which address this need. If the inclusion of pure cash is what gets folks so hot under the collar, I wonder whether some sort of barter arrangement might be acceptable, or more palatable? For instance someone sitting on a pile of points under some programmes might find it frustrating not to find dates and award class inventory offered when required. In some ways it is difficult not to feel for the person in a position where he is unable to unlock value. I wonder about the vacation home owner, either with a one week timeshare or full ownership of a cliff side villa. Could the needs of both parties be addressed in some way? I wonder what about exchanging frequent flyer points for a stay at a holiday home? Perhaps exchanges for this type of barter exist already, and it's just that I am unaware of them. And before I get flamed, I am neither advocating nor disapproving on these practices, but I am offering to promote a healthy debate.