Bitrefill Now Lets You Pay for Airbnb Rentals With 5 Cryptocurrencies

Yogita Khatri
Mar 28, 2019 at 16:00 UTC
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Cryptocurrency gift card provider Bitrefill has added a service allowing users to book Airbnb rentals with five cryptocurrencies.

The Sweden-based firm announced the news over Twitter on Wednesday, saying that customers can now pay for Airbnb gift cards in bitcoin (BTC), ether (ETH), litecoin (LTC), dogecoin (DOGE) and dash (DASH).

However, currently, the Airbnb gift cards can only be redeemed by U.S. residents with a U.S.-based payment method, according to information on Bitrefill’s website. Further, Airbnb gift cards can only be applied for reservations less than 28 nights, the firm said, while customers can purchase the cards in U.S. dollar denominations of $25, $50, and $100.

Bitrefill, which also provides mobile credit top-ups in cryptocurrency, said that the Airbnb offering is a voucher product and that it will provide users with a voucher code and instructions on how to use it.

Last week, the company also announced cryptocurrency support for Netflix subscriptions, with the same five cryptos. It also offers cards for travel services, gaming, VOIP and more, depending on global location.

Bitrefill is also an early adopter of the still somewhat experimental lightning network. In January, Bitrefill told CoinDesk that it aims to make lightning bitcoin payments easy for users with its “Thor” service that allows people to give lightning channels to someone else with no setup on the recipient’s side.

The firm carried out a first real-world transaction test using lightning in December 2017, saying it topped-up a mobile phone almost instantly with zero fees.

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