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Taiwanese Airline to Accept Cryptocurrency Payments for Flight Tickets (news.bitcoin.com)

Asia is probably the most cryptocurrency receptive part of the world where, in addition to a strong bitcoin trading mania, you can already find many regular companies accepting crypto payments to attract new clients. Asian consumers now have yet another way to spend their bitcoin: buying flight tickets for travel around the region.
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Just tried to book a flight ticket using paypal. Guess what I discovered?

I live outside of the United States and have a US bank account, but my debit card is expired. My Paypal account is linked with my US bank account and it is the payment method I use when I want to spend my US bank account's funds. So, today, when booking a trip in the US, I naturally searched for websites that accepted Paypal.

I was surprised to find out I didn't actually have that many options (only AA and Southwest accepted Paypal and neither of them had the tickets I wanted). So, I was about accept that I was going to use my home country's credit card and pay a bunch of fees + ~8% in taxes that our local government charges on purchases made overseas, until I stopped for a moment and decided to search for websites that accepted bitcoin, just for the sake of it (I naturally thought there wouldn't be any)

Guess what… I found both CheapAir and BtcTrip with plenty of options and competitive prices. I ended up booking my flight with CheapAir and already got my tickets.

On top of that, this was my first purchase using bitcoin!

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