Expedia removes Bitcoin as a payment option

28 Jun, 2018
by Colin Hawkins
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Expedia removes Bitcoin as a payment option

The major and well known travel booking site Expedia has stopped accepting Bitcoin as payment, suddenly and without much explanation.

This news has been confirmed by an Expedia spokesperson and the acceptance of Bitcoins came to an end as of June 10, 2018. The only other statement from Expedia was an apology for “any inconvenience this may cause.”

Expedia first announced that it would accept Bitcoin as payment in June of 2014. This announcement came after Expedia teamed up with Coinbase, one of the biggest crypto exchanges on the market. There is speculation from the crypto community that this cancellation of accepting Bitcoin comes due to Coinbases decision to suspend custodial solutions for merchants which apparently could lead to making Bitcoin payments more difficult. Expedia’s competitor CheapAir however still accepts Bitcoin as payment. But rather than going through Coinbase, they have switched to BitPay, for the above reasons.

This decision by Expedia has caused some uproar on Reddit with users expressing their opinion on why Expedia may lose a large amount of customers due to this decision.

Reddit user bowiestar states “Expedia.com, one of the largest sites to book flights/hotels on used to take Bitcoin for years... I went on there to look at flights and noticed they no longer accept it. Customer support said they stopped accepting it June 10… A lot of us in the tech industry get a portion of our salary in Bitcoin and it was really good to use Expedia for flights. I won’t be using them anymore!”

This is just one sample of a group of users in the crypto space that may be turning their backs on Expedia due to the new change the company has made.

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