US media streaming service provider Netflix and online hospitality services site Airbnb are set to accept payments with gift cards purchased using cryptocurrency this month.
Bitrefill, a shopping platform with cryptocurrency payment options, has introduced a service enabling purchase of both Netflix and Airbnb gift cards, although at the moment such purchases are limited to US users.
The cards which come in denominations of $25, $50 and $100 are valid for 28 nights and can be purchased via the site using a range of cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Ether, and Litecoin. Bitrefill welcomed the chance to incorporate support for major sites such as Netflix, commenting:
“Great news — We’re excited to roll out support for a highly requested service: Netflix! Subscriptions with the world’s largest streaming service can now be purchased and renewed with Bitcoin, Lightning, Ethereum, Litecoin, Dash, and Dogecoin.”
Although clearly this is not the optimum way of making both Netflix and Airbnb payments due to the absence of both companies having their own crypto payments system, but it is a step forward, allowing US cryptocurrency users yet another way of accessing a popular service by spending their crypto assets.
However, as global interest in using Bitcoin as a payment method increases, some big names are already onboard accepting the digital currency, such as Microsoft, Subway, Overstock, Reddit, Playboy, and Virgin Galactic. Expedia, one of the world’s major travel agencies, allows you to pay for hotel bookings with bitcoins, with the possibility of users being able to pay for flights using crypto at some point in the near future.
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