U.S. based online travel agency, CheapAir.com recently announced about becoming the first company to accept cryptocurrencies for the tourism related services. As reported by the company, all the users are now able to purchase flights and hotels on CheapAir.com by using such cryptocurrencies as Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash and Dash.
As reported, CheapAir has been one of the leading merchants in the digital currency space for a while now as the agency has been accepting Bitcoin as a payment method since 2013. Currently CheapAir remains the only online travel agency in the U.S. that allows the users to book flights with Bitcoin.
According to CheapAir representatives, the recent decision of accepting digital currencies as a payment method for their services was made based on customer demand. CEO of the agency, Jeff Klee stated that their customers that use cryptocurrencies “tend to be very vocal about what they want” and this feedback is more than welcomed and appreciated by the agency. “Over the last six months, we have seen a huge uptick in the number of customers requesting alternative currencies, so we have worked hard to integrate the three that were most requested”, said Klee.
Klee also talked about the main challenges which the agency is facing after making the decision of accepting digital currencies. The main highlighted challenge was mentioned to be the partner airline and hotel suppliers insisting on being paid in fiat currencies. Meanwhile the CEO informed that CheapAir has already solved these challenges with Bitcoin. “We already had the plumbing in place to make digital currency payments work seamlessly for our customers and suppliers. That made adding Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, and Dash a relatively minor endeavour for our development team, but a huge benefit for our crypto customers”, concluded Klee.