Here are some recent developments in cyptocurrency adoption:
- It is possible to purchase gift cards from many retailers via BitRefill, eGifter and CoinCards
- You can purchase hotel and airline tickets using BitRefill or YesToBitcoin
- eBay will soon be accepting Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency
More details on these services:
The BitRefill service allows you to purchase gifts card or vouchers retailers. BitRefill supports the Bitcoin Lightning Network which makes purchases much faster. However, you need to send Bitcoin from a wallet that supports the Lightning Network — for example BlueWallet on iOS.
- Amazon — $2000 max
- eBay — $200 max
- Hotels.com and Hotelgift (25,000 hotels in approximately 19,000 locations ) — $500 max
- AirBNB — $100 max
- Flight Gift Card (allows you to book at flight with 700 airlines) — $1000 max
- Uber — $500 max
- iTunes — $200 max
- Google Play — $500 max
- Steem — $100 max
- Xbox Live — $100 max
- And many other retailers
Here’s how to go about purchasing:
How do I buy things on Amazon with Bitcoin?
Amazon vouchers work similar to gift cards, and can be purchased with Bitcoin off Bitrefill. Select a voucher denomination, send the payment from your Bitcoin wallet to the address provided, then redeem the provided PIN code on Amazon. You can buy anything on Amazon using your credited account. Bitrefill currently only offers Amazon vouchers in Germany.
How do I buy video games with Bitcoin?
Buying console, PC, and Mac games with Bitcoin is easy. On Bitrefill, you can purchase vouchers from Steam, Playstation, Xbox Live, Nintendo, G2A, IMVU, Runescape, Karma Koin, and Rixty.
How Can I Book a Hotel With Bitcoin?
You can purchase vouchers at Hotels.com and Hotelgift with Bitcoin on Bitrefill. This allows you to book at over 325,000 hotels in approximately 19,000 locations worldwide.
YesToBitcoin also offers giftcards to a few high end hotels like The Four Seasons.
How do I buy book flights with Bitcoin?
Buy a Flight Gift Card voucher and book with over 300 airlines in 70 countries around the world, including international flights on British Airways and American Airlines, and short haul trips on RyanAir and EasyJet.
How do I buy stuff on eBay with Bitcoin?
Choose an eBay voucher, send a payment from your Bitcoin wallet to the address provided, and receive a PIN number that you can redeem on eBay. You’ll be able to bid and buy anything on eBay with your credits. eBay vouchers can be purchased in the US, with more countries on the way.
How do I buy apps with Bitcoin?
Choose a Google Play or iTunes voucher, send payment from your Bitcoin wallet to the address provided, and after confirmation, you’ll receive a PIN number that you can redeem in your app store account.iTunes and Google Play vouchers can be purchased in the US and Germany, with more countries on the way.
How do I book an Uber with Bitcoin?
You may not be able to top up your Uber account with Bitcoin directly, but you can purchase an Uber voucher on Bitrefill. Choose a denomination, send a payment from your Bitcoin wallet to the address provided, and receive a code which you can redeem in your Uber app. Your account will be immediately credited for your next Uber booking. Uber vouchers are currently available in the US.
eGifter allows you to purchase gifts card or vouchers from the following retailers:
- AMC Theatres
- Home Depot
- Game Stop
- And many other retailers
This app comes via a partnership between Flexa, a payments startup, and Gemini, the Winklevoss-owned digital currency company. It works by piggy-backing on the digital scanners that big retailers use to accept phone-based payments from their apps and from digital wallets like Apple Pay.
The Spedn app lets users spend four types of crypto: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum and a so-called stablecoin called a Gemini Dollar, which is pegged to the value of one U.S. dollar and backed by banking giant State Street.
Spedn allows you to purchase gifts card or vouchers from the following retailers:
- Whole Foods
- Barnes & Noble
- Crate and Barrel
- Office Depot
- Office Max
- Regal Cinemas