Expedia wants you to book your next hotel stay with Bitcoin

expedia11 June 2014 / Washington Post – Yet another company has decided it’s itching to take your bitcoins. Expedia, the travel-booking company based in Redmond, Wash., says that customers will now be able to spend their hard-earned cryptocurrency on hotel stays.

Starting today, users who choose to pay in Bitcoin will see a new payment option when they’re checking out online. Selecting the option will bring them to a separate Web site where they’ll authorize the transaction from their own Bitcoin wallet. Then customers will be redirected back to Expedia’s site for confirmation. The feature will be limited to hotel reservations for now, company officials said.

Expedia’s foray into virtual currencies follows an uptick in customer requests for Bitcoin support, according to Michael Gulmann, the company’s head of global product.

“It came down to the right timing — both for Bitcoin as a currency, and for Expedia in our lifecycle,” said Gulmann in an interview….. Read more


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