If you’re new to Bitcoin, you might be wondering what you can spend your cryptocurrency on. The answer might surprise you. Take a look at these nine things you might not know you can buy with Bitcoin.
1. A Hotel Room
Bitcoin isn’t just for digital goods and services. For example, the hotel chain Howard Johnson accepts Bitcoin payments, and they have locations all across the world. If you have another hotel chain in mind that doesn’t accept Bitcoins, there’s a way around that. The site TravelForCoins.com acts as a middle man between you and the airlines and hotels. Simply book your travel plans through Travel For Coins using Bitcoins, and they’ll pay for your hotel using standard currency. Your room or flight will be booked using the name you provide to Travel For Coins.
Need a way to get to the hotel you’re booking with Bitcoin? There are a few ways to use your Bitcoin currency to purchase flights. The first is through the mentioned Travel For Coins website. The second is through the California-based online travel booking site, Cheap Air. CheapAir.com allows you to book round-trip, one-way, and multi-city flights using Bitcoin.
3. A College Degree
Along with hotel chains, colleges are starting to realize the value of Bitcoin and have begun accepting this form of payment from students to pay for tuition and other fees. The University of Nicosia in Cyprus was the first to accept Bitcoin payments, but several other universities have followed behind. In the UK, the University of Cumbria accepts Bitcoin payments, as does the U.S. school King’s College in New York City.
Even pizza isn’t off the menu if you want to pay with Bitcoin. The website PizzaForCoins.com makes it easy to order pizza using your cryptocurrency. Simply place your order with Bitcoin, and the website will relay the order to the store. Then simply sit back and wait for your pizza to arrive. The site works with local Pizza Hut, Domino’s, and Papa John restaurants.
5. VPN Services
If you’re interested in untraceable currency, then you might be interested in accessing the Internet over a virtual private network (VPN), which allows you to browse the web anonymously. VPNs also encrypt your data to protect your information over public networks. What’s more, VPNs can make it appear as if your web traffic is coming from a different geographical location, which allows you to access websites that might not be available in your country. Not all VPN services accept Bitcoin payments, but Private Internet Access and NordVPN does.
Many jewelry stores have begun accepting Bitcoin payments, which means you can buy engagement rings, watches, and even loose diamonds (to diversify your wealth) with your Bitcoins. Reeds Jewelers is just one of the jewelry chains that now accepts Bitcoin. Shop online or in one of their over 65 physical locations. Simply select the “Pay with Bitcoin” option at checkout or talk with a retail associate in the store to buy your jewelry using Bitcoin.
The consumer electronic company Dell now accepts Bitcoin payments through their partnership with Coinbase. Add your computer, tablet, or other Dell device to your cart, and then choose the Bitcoin option in the checkout. You’ll be redirected to Coinbase.com to complete your transaction. If you have a Coinbase account, it’s as simple as logging in and sending a direct payment. Then you’ll be redirected back to the Dell site to confirm your order.
8. Windows Apps
Once you’ve purchased your Dell computer or laptop, you’ll be able to make Windows app purchases using Bitcoin. This option is available for US-based customers. Microsoft allows these customers to use Bitcoin to add money to their accounts, which they can use to make game, video, and app purchases for their Windows computer, Windows phone, or Xbox.
9. Gift Cards
If you want to spend your Bitcoins on a site or in a store that doesn’t accept this form of payment, there’s a way around that. Start at Gyft.com. This site allows you to purchase gift cards from over 200 retailers and manage your gift card balance from any device. Get everything from Starbucks coffee to flights with Delta Air Lines. Buy the cards with Bitcoin, and then use them to shop at your favorite stores. Use the gift cards for yourself, or give them away to friends and family for birthdays, holidays, and more.
Spending your Bitcoin currency isn’t impossible. These days, more and more retailers are accepting Bitcoin payments, and for those that don’t, there are easy ways to convert your Bitcoins into cash to buy what you want when you need it. What are you most eager to buy with your Bitcoins?
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