Popular travel site Expedia recently confirmed it will begin accepting bitcoins, giving customers the opportunity to book their next hotel visit with the digital currency.
Expedia customers booking accommodations will see bitcoin as a new payment option, and will be ushered to a unique payment site. Transactions authorized directly from each customer’s bitcoin wallet, and Expedia will provide confirmation.
There is growing interest from companies willing to test bitcoins as long-term payment options, and are opening up communication to learn more from one another.
A growing number of restaurants and pubs also are dabbling with bitcoin, so it’s worth taking a look at your favourite eateries. Popular online restaurant ordering service Takeaway.com now accepts bitcoins from customers, if you are hungry and want to place orders over the Internet. U.S. satellite TV company Dish Network said it would accept bitcoin payment from subscribers, indicating a major change.
However Ink Factory, which first embraced bitcoins in November 2013, recently noted that bitcoin might not be the payment method of the future – but confirmed that the cryptocurrency is still only in its infancy. The company isn’t throwing in the towel on bitcoin, and is giving away 1/10th of a bitcoin, currently valued around £41, so its customers can become more familiar with bitcoin and how to use it.
The D Las Vegas Casino Hotel accepts bitcoins at the front desk, restaurants, gift shop, and on the casino floor. A bitcoin ATM machine was also rolled out, so casino visitors will be able to access their online wallets.
Retailers and other companies might accept bitcoin, but expect the turbulent cryptocurrency to also endure a long infancy from consumers. If you’re a bitcoin supporter, then it’s willing to send an email, tweet, or message to your favourite retailers to learn more about any bitcoin plans they might have in the future.