Transportation is one of the most important aspects of life in the 21st century. Road, rail, and by sea are some of the most important means of transport. But the shrinking of the world into a global village through the use of technology has ignited the desire in people to see the other side of the divide, and with more people desiring to see the world, they have no choice but to embrace the fastest means of transport, which is by air. In a bid to satisfy the curiosity of the customers and make traveling, especially air travel more convenient, agencies are thus set up to help the traveler book ticket, make a reservation and even look for hotels for the traveler, making the whole process less tedious and enjoyable for the customer.
These services are sometimes not cheap and require dropping a sizeable amount of cash, though, agencies are trying to reduce the cost, by giving customers the best deals available, to minimize their cost and also enjoy their tour. But with the strong but healthy challenge posed by the introduction of cryptocurrency against the traditional financial sector, investors in the crypto world are happy on the acceptance of the coin by flight agencies and hotels, as most people are gradually moving away from the use of the traditional money and are embracing the use of crypto, especially Bitcoin.
EMBRACING THE BITCOIN
Since its introduction in 2009, it has led the digital currency revolution and served as a reliable alternative to the traditional financial paper money (fiat). Though the prices of the coin fluctuate, and this year alone, it suffered a heavy fall, dropping to a record low of over 66%, from over $19,000 in December to just over $5000 in June, but that doesn’t take away the fact that the coin is credible. Traditional stocks fluctuate too, and the value of currencies world over are also not static. The Bitcoin will surely bounce back and reclaim its position as a valid option and the future of money. Banks, financial institutions, schools, bookshops, malls and the likes are accepting Bitcoin all over the world, but how applicable is this to the travel agencies?
TRAVEL WITH BITCOIN
While bitcoin is still not widely accepted globally, quite a number of travel sites have adopted it into their payment options. Travelers could see bitcoin as a way to circumvent costs of currency conversion, ATM withdrawals fees, transaction fees and fraud risks that comes with international credit card use. Below are some of the travel agents that accept Bitcoin.
CheapAir.com: One of the best agencies out there, CheapAir was the first agency to accept Bitcoin in 2013. The California-based company offers flights on all major airlines and to all major airports worldwide.
Spanish travel agency Destinia.com also accepts Bitcoin. To book a flight or hotel, just swap local currency for BTC at the top right angle of the homepage, and you are good to go.
ABitSky.com is a travel agency that connects flights around Europe and also accepts Bitcoin.
Earlier in the year, Japanese air carrier Peach Aviation announced that it would be accepting bitcoin for its discounted flights through North Asia.
With the new wave of technological advancement and the acceptance of digital currency worldwide, coupled with the gradual stabilization of the price of Bitcoin, the digital platform might just be the best way to fly, as its cheaper, faster and more reliable.