According to Expedia, the major travel booking website has stopped accepting Bitcoin (BTC) as a payment method for hotels or flights.
Starting June 10, 2018, it was confirmed that the service would no longer accept digital currency Bitcoin, according to an Expedia spokesperson, and apologizing if ever there’s any inconvenience caused. The service did not clarify the cancellation either on social media or on its website.
Notwithstanding the community members’ disappointment, plenty of alternatives went out, like CheapAir travel service, which began supporting Bitcoin as payment for flights and hotel bookings in 2013.
Reddit user bowiestar remarked that the majority of employees in the IT industry tend to get their salaries partially in crypto, indicating that the service would finally lose a part of its customers.
On June 2014, it was announced that Expedia would accept Bitcoin as a form of payment. It was at that time when they joined forces with leading crypto exchange Coinbase. Some community members hinted that the reason Expedia canceled their acceptance of Bitcoin was that of the decision Coinbase made to suspend custodial solutions for merchants, which apparently lead to making Bitcoin payments more complicated.
Expedia’s mentioned competitor CheapAir shifted to BitPay from Coinbase for this very reason.