Bitpay, a cryptocurrency payment service provider based out of Atlanta, Georgia, and in operation since 2011, has joined forces with Travala.com, a leading cryptocurrency-friendly travel booking service.
New Travala.com Crypto gift cards
On offer are gift cards that can be paid for in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, as well as fiat currencies.
The Travala gift cards will be redeemable on over 3 million travel products at Travala.com and can be purchased with more than 30 different crypto tokens, up to a limit of $20 000.
Founded in 2017 and based in Chorley (outside of Manchester), Travala.com is a leading cryptocurrency-friendly travel booking service. Travala even has its own native cryptocurrency, AVA, which has been trading at around $0.70 for most of November.
In addition to Travala.com, BitPay also provides payment services to other gift cards, such as those found on Amazon, Apple’s App Store, Cineplex, and Ticketmaster. BitPay also offers its services to many other companies. A full merchant directory can be found on its website.
Despite the current Corona-infused travel slump, Juan Otero of Travala.com and Sonny Singh of BitPay were both very positive on their partnership and the future of travel paid for in cryptocurrency:
“Travel gift cards are a product that we’ve been wanting to offer to our customers for a while, so we’re delighted to have found a partner in BitPay to help bring the idea to life.”
With Christmas just around the corner, and to add a little bit of Christmas cheer, Travala is offering a 10% discount on the purchase of Travala.com gift cards before the end of the year.
Some crypto community members view BitPay negatively after it blocked crypto donations to the Hong Kong Free Press last year. It also bounced a $100,000 donation to the Amazon rainforest fire relief fund.
Time will tell if BitPay can salvage some of its reputation as it moves into the travel industry.