While Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies trend the news you might question their relevance in the real world. This article explores their application in the travel industry. As you discover that direct purchasing of goods and services is still in its infancy there are a few sound options to consider.
If you have a basic understanding of cryptocurrencies skip ahead to the next heading. However I recommend reading this Investopedia article before continuing if you are relatively new to cryptocoins.
The following merchants accept Bitcoin or other Cryptocoins (as indicated) as a form of payment:
Online Travel Booking Sites
Expedia – a giant in the travel industry. Book flights, hotels, cars, cruises, things to do, and vacation rentals with peace of mind.
BTC Trip – book flights using bitcoin or litecoin. Traditional forms of payment are not accepted.
CheapAir – one-stop shop to book your flights, hotels and rental cars. Book with confidence as they have been in business since 1989.
Bitcoin.Travel – flights and hotels marketplace.
Online Travel Apparel and Goods
Overstock – A billion dollar online retailer since 1999, is the place for all your traveling needs; luggage, clothing, tents, toiletries, etc. In addition to Bitcoin, the retailer accepts Etherum, Dash, Litecoin, NEM and Monero.
Restaurants and Food
Pizza for Coins – Is one of the original bitcoin merchants that started accepting payments back in February of 2013. They work with several larger pizza chains like Domino’s, Pizza Hut and Papa John’s.
Brick and Mortar Businesses
Once you are at your destination, use a site like CoinMap to find brick and mortar businesses that accept cryptocoins.
There are also several ‘indirect’ ways to fund your adventure. They however involve additional steps in the form of loading cards or withdrawing money from an ATM.
Transfer bitcoin to your debt card which you can use it at millions of businesses and ATM’s across the globe. Some of the more popular ones are ‘Cryptopay’, ‘Spectrocoin’, ‘Uquid’, ‘Xapo’, ‘Shift’, ‘Wirex’ and ‘BitPay’.
Gyft – Is an online gift card hub to hundreds of retailers. Major partners include; Whole Foods, Uber, Starbucks, Southwest Airlines, Royal Caribbean, Dunkin Donuts, Hotels.com, Dominos Pizza, Chipotle, Chilis and many, many more.
eGifter – similar to Gyft, this online gift card store offers access to over 250 different vendors.
Use a Cryptocurrency ATM to withdraw cash. You can locate an ATM here
Are you aware of other travel related websites that accept bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies as payment? If so, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can update this post.