Bitrefill has recently launched a new feature that allows crypto enthusiasts on its platform to purchase Airbnb and Ikea gift cards with Bitcoin and Altcoins such as Ethereum, Litecoin, Dash or Dogecoin.
The crypto company Bitrefill enabled users to buy products in large retail stores using crypto currencies that previously could only be paid for in Fiat money by offering gift vouchers that could be paid for using Bitcoin and Altcoins such as Ethereum, Litecoin, Dash or Dogecoin.
Via Twitter, Bitrefill recently explained that with the latest rollout, Airbnb gift cards worth $25 and $50 can now be purchased by customers from the United States of America. Bitrefill's Airbnb gift cards can be used for short-term hotel reservations not exceeding 28 days. However, the gift certificate option is limited to US users and is not (yet) available in other countries.
With the new rollout, German users can also be happy. The Bitrefill website now also offers gift cards for German customers for the furniture giant Ikea. These can buy with Bitcoins a 20 or 100 euro coupon. In addition, the German customer base can also purchase gift vouchers from e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, Bol.com and Zalando.
Bitrefill has over 130,000 users and has facilitated the use of crypto currencies in various areas since its inception. Bitrefill supports a total of 1,800 companies from a wide range of industries. Crypto owners can spend their Bitcoins and Altcoins on popular brands and retailers such as Nike, REI, GameStop, Petco and e-commerce portals such as eBay, Amazon, Hotels.com and Steam by "detouring" through gift certificates.
In addition, the Stockholm-based startup also allows crypto owners to top up their phone credits from over 900 supported operators. By entering a phone number and the amount of the recharge, payments in 160 countries are confirmed immediately.
Earlier this year, Bitrefill also launched a service called "Thor" which enabled users to open a Bitcoin Lightning payment channel.
Bitrefill says its platforms offer consumers access to millions of products in a range of categories, from tech to travel to retail, so people can "live on crypto" by buying everyday items.