Crypto booking company Travala partners Booking.com

26 Nov 2019

Booking.comTravala, a service permitting clients to pay for hotel bookings using cryptocurrencies, is now allowing its customers to book any hotel available on the Booking.com platform.

In a press release issued this week, Travala revealed it has already integrated Booking.com’s accommodations to its website.

According to a Coin Telegraph report, the new feature will seemingly allow users to reserve 90,000 different destinations using crypto. 

“Such a move by Booking.com is a sign that we are close to seeing the industry’s acceptance of cryptocurrencies as a standard form of payment for travel bookings,” according to the press release.

Travala’s clients are able to pay with the firm’s proprietary AVA token, plus 20 major cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Ethereum Dash, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, EOS, Stellar, Cardano, Binance Chain, Monero, Tron, XRP and Dai.

According to the company’s CEO, Matt Luczynski: “This partnership allows our users to access Booking.com’s accommodation listings, as well as the listings from several other leading travel suppliers, which is a fantastic use case for our own AVA token and another huge step towards mass cryptocurrency adoption.”

The press release goes on to add: “Booking.com’s support for Travala.com illustrates the confidence it shares in this fledgling online travel agency and its commitment to supporting digital technology that helps take the friction out of travel.”

A number of travel companies across the globe have started to add support for cryptocurrencies as payment options.

Earlier in November, UK-based Alternative Airlines joined forces with crypto service Utrust to facilitate payments utilising digital currencies.

Utrust CEO, Nuno Correia, said: at the time: “Utrust is providing Alternative Airlines’ customers with the increased security and convenience of cryptocurrency payments, and reducing processing fees, to bring greater transparency and trust to the world of online payments.”

In addition, co-founders of Norwegian Air revealed plans to launch their own crypto exchange, which will facilitate the Scandinavian airline’s subsequent acceptance of crypto payments.