Want to book a hotel room? Expedia is already accepting Bitcoin

Another big company just decided to accept Bitcoin as a payment option: we are talking about Expedia, the travel-booking platform based in Washington (United States). Starting this Wednesday (11th), Expedia’s customers can already book a hotel stay and pay for their reservation with cryptocurrency.

The new payment option is available during the check-out stage, but it is restricted to the hotel-booking section for now. Selecting Bitcoin will lead the users to a separate online page where they can complete the transaction using their digital wallet. Finally, the customers will be directed back to Expedia’s main website to confirm the operation.

1

The well-known online platform decided to start accepting Bitcoin with Coinbase’s help due to the high number of requests, said Michael Gulmann, the company’s vice president of global product, quoted by The Washington Post.

It came down to the right timing — both for Bitcoin as a currency, and for Expedia in our lifecycle”, Gulmann added.

However, Expedia is not entirely sure about the number of customers that will be using Bitcoin. The firm’s vice president of global product refused to make predictions: “the minute I give you any number, I know I’m going to be wrong”.

Expedia might not the first major company to accept Bitcoin, but it is definitely another big name to watch out in the world of cryptocurrency. In 2013 only, the company pulled in over $4 billion in revenue.

Featured image from Wikimedia

Bitcoin Video Crash Course 

Join over 94,000 students and know all you need to know about Bitcoin. One email a day for 7 days, short and educational, guaranteed.

We hate spam as much as you do. You can unsubscribe with one click.

9
Leave a Reply

avatar
 
1 Comment threads
0 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
1 Comment authors
UK Buy Bitcoins Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
UK Buy Bitcoins
Guest
UK Buy Bitcoins

This is awesome news. Big brands adopting Bitcoin is just what the currency needs to expand and generate more curiosity about Bitcoin around the world.

Great article, keep up the good work.