Bitcoin is undoubtedly the worlds #1 digital store of value. As such, it would only make sense for it to be accepted as a form of payment across the world. A common misconception is that bitcoin isn’t “real money” and “you can’t actually spend your bitcoins anywhere besides the darknet”. This, of course, couldn’t be further from the truth! We would go as far to say that if your only money was in bitcoin right now, you could still spend it everywhere and carry on with life. Today, Bitcoin can be used to purchase from Amazon, restaurants, brick and mortar retail stores, spas, and even travel agencies for booking flights and hotels. The sky is the limit when it comes to Bitcoin. Here are a few ways to purchase every-day things with Bitcoin:
- Spend Bitcoin on Amazon
- Book a Flight With Bitcoin
- Book a Hotel With Bitcoin
- Go Out to Eat with Bitcoin
- Shop Online With Bitcoin
- Buy Anything With a Bitcoin Debit Card
Spend Bitcoin on Amazon
It is well known that nearly anything can be bought on Amazon these days. Having the ability to use bitcoin to make Amazon purchases would give you the ability to have just about anything delivered to your door would be a game changer. Luckily, there are a few websites that are making this possible.
Purse.io brings a new concept to the table to allow owners of bitcoin to instantly purchase items off of Amazon, while also giving you 5 to 15% off. Yes, that’s right: it is significantly cheaper to buy things off of Amazon with bitcoin.
The way it works is the buyer tells Purse what Amazon product they would like and subsequently send the proper amount of bitcoin into what’s called an escrow. Purse makes this processed streamlined by allowing users to import their Wishlist or paste a single URL in the in the search bar.
After the items to buy are selected, either Purse or another user on the website buys the product on Amazon and has it shipped to your address. When you receive the product, you release your bitcoin from escrow and Purse or the user who bought the item receives the bitcoins you sent. This escrow feature is put into place to eliminate scammers and make sure everyone is happy with the transaction.
In short, Purse can save you a lot of money on Amazon purchases, particularly if you aren’t an Amazon Prime member. Additionally, Purse offers a way to get further savings with the “name your own discount” feature. As you increase how much you would like to receive off the price, the probability that a seller will fill the order is displayed.
An alternative method to using Purse.io is eGifter. eGifter.com allows shoppers to purchase over 150 gift cards with Bitcoin, including Amazon gift cards. eGifter CEO Tyler Roye commented on the use of cryptocurrencies to purchase products on Amazon and retail chains, saying “I’ve seen purchases come in for exact amounts like $124.68, so I know folks are paying using Bitcoin physically in-store. That’s the advantage, and a real opportunity with digital gift cards: you don’t have to buy more than you need, down to the penny.”
Book a Flight With Bitcoin
So you’re up over 2000% on your Bitcoin investment and finally want to take that vacation to Southeast Asia with some of your profits? No problem! Here are a few travel agencies that allow you to book a flight with Bitcoin at a discounted rate!
Cheap Air was the first travel agency to accept Bitcoin back in 2013. Its safe to say, if they held onto some of their bitcoin, that the decision has proven to be quite profitable. Currently, flights and hotels can both be booked with Bitcoin.
aBitSky specializes in low-cost flights to and within Europe.
Again, eGifter comes in handy by offering gift cards for airlines like Delta, Spirit, and American Airlines.
Book a Hotel With Bitcoin
Expedia.com is a travel agency that books airline tickets, hotel reservations, car rentals, cruises, vacation packages and various attractions and services world wide.
As mentioned previously, hotels can be booked in addition to flights on Cheap Air
eGifter comes in clutch again with the option to buy gift cards for hotels.coms which is redeemable at over 220,000 hotels in 200 countries worldwide, from international chains and all-inclusive resorts to local favorites and bed in breakfasts.
Going Out to Eat With Bitcoin
For a full list of restaurants that accept Bitcoin in your locations, visit:
As a reminder, e-Gifter provides gift cards for over 150 retail chains, many of which are restaurants.
Shop Online With Bitcoin
The following major online retail outlets accept bitcoin as payment and can be used to purchase anything from electronics, to furniture, to jewlery, and much more!
Buy Anything With a Bitcoin Debit Card
The Monaco Visa card and mobile app allow users to buy, sell, and spend fiat and cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin and ethereum. This card makes it truly fast and easy to spend your cryptocurrencies anywhere that accepts Visa cards.