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Airbnb users might soon be able to pay for their stays in cryptocurrency

Airbnb users might soon be able to pay for their stays in cryptocurrency
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Cryptocurrency could soon join the likes of Visa, MasterCard, Apple Pay, Google Pay and PayPal as the accepted payment method on the travel giant Airbnb. CEO Brian Chesky hinted at the new feature in a Twitter poll, which included other top suggestions from customers.

Cryptocurrencies, especially Bitcoin, Etherium, Axie Infinity (AXS), and Sandbox (SAND), dominated the market last year. Decentralized digital money is believed to be one of the fast-moving assets in the economy as investors set their sights on a rewarding 2022. And Airbnb, the online marketplace for lodging and tourism, got the memo. Its CEO, Brian Chesky, recently hinted on Twitter that the company was getting involved in the idea of ​​making digital money an acceptable form of payment.

Cryptocurrency payments are at the forefront of all customer requests on Airbnb

This update comes after Chesky recently took to Twitter to ask his followers, “If Airbnb could launch anything in 2022, what would it be?” After a series of likes and tweets and nearly 4,000 suggestions, he revealed that the biggest request was to include crypto payments in the payment method. Several users added that he should start by accepting Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Shiba Inu. Currently, most cryptocurrency users face issues while making international payments, and only a few booking giants like Booking.com and Expedia have jumped on the crypto train.

Other suggestions for Airbnb users include clear rates, updated cleaning fees, a guest loyalty program, better customer service, more stays, and long-term discounts. Chesky then indicated that he was already working on most of them and promised to look into the rest. Since 2013, AirBnB is believed to have received a whopping $336 billion (approximately Rs 24 crore) payment volume and accepts payments through credit and debit cards processed as popular credit cards and digital wallets. Chesky stated that if crypto was added to this group, the company would include a variety of token ideas, according to a report from NDTV.

This isn’t the first time a market CEO has talked about crypto payments. According to a news report from Indian Express, In an interview late last year, he noted that he had received a lot of requests for crypto features on the platform and said, “Like the travel revolution, there is clearly a crypto revolution happening.” He added, “The key is when ordinary people understand how new technology has improved their lives, beyond the initial excitement. I am really excited about some of the applications ordinary people can use to live a better everyday life.”

As of now, Airbnb has over 5.6 million listings worldwide, and according to its website, it has served over one billion customers and four million hosts since its inception in 2008. We’re sure we’re looking forward to a new era in travel and hospitality in 2022.

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