Working Without the Exchange Company
If you are willing to do a little bit of extra leg work, you often can find and arrange a timeshare exchange without paying any extra fees to a third party like Resort Condominiums International or Interval International.
How? By using the direct owner-to-owner swap services that are part of your membership fees with the Timeshare User's Group and
Is it difficult to make a direct owner-to-owner timeshare exchange?
It's not difficult logistically speaking. All you really need to do is fill out guest certificates for each other, if you are working with someone you believe you can trust.
Your options when making a direct owner-to-owner exchange will be far more limited than if you were working with the entire resort catalog of a major exchange company, but you just might see a trade that you think would be fair and fun. You also will get the chance to know other timeshare owners, who can put you in touch with people they have done successful direct exchanges with in the past.