by Joseph Young
Destinia, the first online Spanish travel agency to accept bitcoin in 2014, has now begun to offer low-cost flight tickets to bitcoin-paying users.
“For us, the client is the most important. And our clients want two things: price and service. Therefore, we make every effort to constantly innovate in both areas,” Destinia CEO Amuda Gouell announced in a company statement.
According to the statement, Destinia is the first online travel agency to be allowed to offer bitcoin as a payment option in the purchase of discount flight tickets. However, the growing demand for it has prompted the travel agencies to offer the service to bitcoin users. The company stated, “Bitcoin is a currency, just as the Euro or the US Dollar, which serves to exchange goods and services.”
In addition, the company has begun to allow bitcoin users to make train and hotel reservation through Destinia, in an attempt to differentiate itself from other bitcoin-accepting travel agencies.
The Destinia team announced, “With the addition of the low-cost airlines, Destinia offers the purchase of airline tickets with bitcoin on the almost 600 airlines with which it operates. Travellers can also make hotel and train reservations on Destinia.com using bitcoin.”
The hotel and airline industries have seen several of its heavyweights accept bitcoin over the last year. Two of the largest agencies include airline ticketing platform CheapAir and global travel agency Expedia. However, Expedia reported a significant decline in bitcoin sales, and that the company is seriously considering not accepting bitcoin payments in the future.
Although Expedia reasons that the decline of its bitcoin sales was heavily affected by the falling price of the digital currency, many of its customers who have tried to pay in bitcoin had multiple inconvenient experiences.
A few months ago, several bitcoin users and Expedia customers tried to use Expedia to book hotel rooms in Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea. However, the bitcoin checkout button was nowhere to be found, and the platform clearly stated that it only accepted Visa, Paypal and MasterCard.
One customer received the following email:
“Dear Expedia Customer, Thank you for contacting us about paying your reservation using bitcoin.
We are truly sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused you. For most bookings, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club, and debit cards.
Our system does not accept payment via bitcoin.
Expedia Customer Service Team”