The online travel agency that has been one of the largest merchants since 2014, has stopped accepting the largest cryptocurrency and forced users to seek alternative travel services.
As Marketexclusive.com reported on July 2nd, one Expedia spokesperson confirmed the news and said that Expedia will not accept Bitcoin for hotel or flight bookings and is currently evaluating alternative payment options. Also, the company apologized for inconveniences because there had been no advance notice of the change.
The report also noted that the platform was dealing with problems regarding Bitcoin payments, such as customer dissatisfaction about the payment process timing out, hectic refunds and double payments.
According to some rumors and many posts online, Expedia stopped accepting Bitcoin because Coinbase, which is Expedia’s Bitcoin payment processor, introduced a new merchant tool that changed its custodial merchant service.
After Reddit’s stop in accepting Bitcoin payments in March this year, Expedia is the new platform to break the support. Back in March, Reddit announced that it would no longer accept payments in BTC, stating that there are issues that caused the service to discontinue.
Right now, Cheapair.com seems to be one of the best solution that uses Coinbase – and where one can pay for travel services with Bitcoin. Besides it, other travel websites accepting Bitcoin include Destina.com, Abitsky.com, Btctrip.com, Fluege.com, Nurflug.de and Agencciadeviajesvirtual.com.
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