A little less than a month of summer to go, and if you haven’t yet, it's time to go on vacation. Of course, real crypto fans can’t even go on holiday without using bitcoin. So in this article we share how you can buy tickets for BTC.
Summer is a hot season for holidays. However, most holidayers face the need to exchange their currency. It’s such a hassle, you need to decide in advance exactly how much money to exchange, take care of the safety of your funds and, of course, pay the bank a commission for the exchange itself. The appearance of bitcoin changed everything.
The tourism industry has been quite successful in introducing cryptocurrencies. However, not many airlines accept bitcoin (Bitcoin) directly. Here are the most popular among those that do.
Spoiler: You will also find out what to do if you did not find the company you are interested in.
This Latvian company became the first air carrier to start taking bitcoins. The innovation was introduced back in July 2014, when one bitcoin cost about $600. Today you can buy tickets for 60 destinations in cryptocurrency, including Europe, the Middle East, CIS countries and Russia. Bonus: in 2018, analysts from OAG called airBaltic the most punctual airline in the world.
Star Jets International, USA
Star Jets International began taking bitcoin in October 2017. This American company rents business jets for private flights. Customers can use 5,000 jets inside the country, and another 15,000 jets around the world.
Surf Air, USA
In December 2017, the California airline Surf Air announced the possibility of paying for membership fees and charter services in bitcoins and airs. This carrier works on the basis "all you can fly." Passengers can travel as much as they want for a monthly subscription fee.
Far Eastern Air, TaiwanTaiwan
n March of this year, the air carrier from Taiwan - Far Eastern Air - transferred to bitcoins. Keep this company in mind if you are planning to travel to the countries of East and South-East Asia. Far Eastern Air makes flights to Japan, China, Cambodia, the Philippines, South Korea, and, of course, Taiwan.
TAR Aerolíneas, Mexico
TAR — is a small Mexican carrier. The fleet of this company consists of only 12 aircraft that fly to 25 cities in Mexico. But thanks to cooperation with companies such as Openpay and BytPay they accept bitcoin.
The following companies are going to introduce bitcoin payments: the Japanese low-coster Peach Aviation, the giant of air transportation Etihad Airways, and Norwegian Air.
The following companies stopped accepting payment in bitcoins: Polish LOT Polish Airlines, and Air Lituanica, which has completely disappeared from the market.
Agencies that accept bitcoin
If you did not find the airline you are interested in on this list, you still have the opportunity to buy tickets for cryptocurrency with the help of special agencies. In addition to tickets, you can book hotels or rent a car for bitcoin. Here are the most popular companies who offer such services.
- Destinia (airline tickets, hotels, car rental, more than 500 airlines and 500 thousand hotels in 90 countries);
- BTCTrip (only airline tickets; accepts payments in bitcoin, ethereum and Dash);
- Expedia (airline tickets, hotels, car rental, sea cruises, one of the world's largest online travel agencies);
- Cheapair (only airline tickets, the number of customers of this service exceeds 3 million people);
- CheapBizClass (offers business class airline tickets for bitcoin);
- GuestLogix (only airline tickets, a bonus: allows you to pay with bitcoin for on-board additional services as well as the plane tickets).
If these options do not suit you, we offer two more ways to go on a trip for bitcoins. However, they are quite costly, and might not be for everyone.
A private plane
PrivateFly, the service of renting private jet planes, began to take bitcoin as far back as 2014, and it is successfully continuing to move in this direction today.
For example, the cheapest flight from Moscow to New York on a light turboprop aircraft will cost $ 32,580. This price is does not include an intermediate landing for refueling. The most expensive option with the lease of an entire airliner will cost $197,080.
The ticket price for shorter flights, of course, will be lower. So, traveling from London to Paris on a light jet plane will cost only $ 4,100. Note: prices are quoted in dollars, but the company offers the option of paying with bitcoin.
The second option is even more extravagant, because the tickets being offered are ... to space! Of course, Richard Branson could not stay away from cryptocurrency. Back in 2013, he invited everyone to go into orbit on the Virgin Galactic shuttle. The ticket cost 36 BTC ($250,000). The Winklevoss brothers have already booked tickets for SpaceShipTwo. The price seems to be quite adequate for a flight to an altitude from which you can see the Earth in all its glory and magnificence.