First US travel site starts accepting Bitcoin for hotel reservations
Feb 07, 2014
CALABASAS, CA - CheapAir.com announced today that it has become the nation's first online travel agency to accept Bitcoin for hotel reservations. Customers can now use Bitcoin to buy flights and book hotel rooms at more than 200,000 hotels throughout the world.
In November 2013, CheapAir.com became the U.S.'s first online travel agency to accept Bitcoin for flight purchases. By adding this option for hotel reservations, CheapAir.com has made it possible for customers to book an entire vacation using the digital currency.
"We love the concept of Bitcoin and the welcome alternative that they provide," said Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir. "The positive response and new customers we've gained since we started accepting Bitcoin for flights have been great. We're thrilled to now offer that same choice and flexibility for hotels."
Customers who purchase hotels and flights using Bitcoin enjoy all the benefits of booking with CheapAir. Travelers can mix and match flights from multiple airlines to create tens of thousands of possible itineraries. Bitcoin purchases are also backed by CheapAir's Price Drop Payback™, the one-of-a-kind price guarantee that gives customers up to a $100 in travel credit if their flight fare drops after purchase.
For help with itinerary changes, travel questions, bad weather, delays and flight cancellations, Bitcoin customers can also reach out to their personal CheapAir Travel Advisor, an in-house travel expert assigned to each customer who books with CheapAir.
Introduced in January 2009, Bitcoin is the world's "first decentralized digital currency," according to bitcoin.org. Since May 2012, Bitcoin has seen remarkable adoption with transactions per day growing from under 10,000 to a high of over 90,000 in December 2013. New members of the bitcoin community include Overstock.com, The D Las Vegas Casino Hotel and Golden Gate Hotel & Casino.