Crypto payments for travel reservations simply got another alternative as the crypto-friendly travel reserving service Travala.com incorporated hotels provided by reserving giant Expedia on its website.
The website’s users will have the ability to book hotels and lodgings from Expedia through Travala.com’s platform, utilizing an API provided by Expedia Partner Solutions (EPS), among the brand names of Expedia Group, Travala.com said today.
Today’s news likewise marks a turn-around for Expedia, which in mid-2018 stated it had actually disabled a bitcoin (BTC) payment alternative from its website, after having actually provided it as part of a partnership with Coinbase given that 2014.
Now, the choice for travelers apparently covers more than 700,000 Expedia Group hotels, which through the new partnership can be reserved and spent for with more than 30 cryptoassets.
Amongst the cryptoassets Travala.com enables purchases in are BTC, ethereum (ETH), binance coin (BNB), and Travala.com’s own token AVA.
Talking about the new partnership with Travala.com, Senior Vice President at Expedia Group, Alfonso Paredes, stated that supplying more payment options is of significance to the business, stating “At EPS we are passionate about innovation and recognize that booking and payment choice continues to evolve in a fast-changing world.”
On the other hand, Travala.com’s CEO and co-founder, Juan Otero, worried that their own use information shows that “the desire for travel is returning, with an 81% increase in room nights booked and website traffic up 50% week-on-week.”
The news of the new partnership follows Travala.com in May this year revealed a merger with the Binance– backed flight reservation website TravelbyBit According to the statement at that time, the 2 business will in the meantime continue to run different services, however will cross-market one another’s travel offerings, while at a later date totally incorporate with each other and produce a “large online travel agency.”