Who accepts Bitcoin as a payment?
Any currency, Bitcoin included, wouldn’t be very useful if there was no real way to spend it. Luckily for the world’s first cryptocurrency, there are plenty of large companies and smaller online stores and services that accept BTC payments. Some of them even go as far as offering cryptocurrency payments as the only option of purchasing their goods.
Largest global brands accepting BTC
The software giant allows users to top up their Microsoft account balance with BTC. However, this balance can only be spent on games, movies, and apps in the Windows and Xbox stores.
Unfortunately, Bitcoin cannot buy you things from Microsoft online store. What’s more, this option is not available in all regions.
One of the biggest mobile service providers in the USA, AT&T, has added an option for its customers to pay in crypto in 2019. By doing so, it became the first large mobile operator to accept cryptocurrency.
The company now lets its customers to purchase exclusive adult content using the largest cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin. Playboy made the public announcement about supporting cryptos and developing own wallet in the first half of 2018.
The world’s largest online free-to-use encyclopedia accepts donations in cryptocurrency. The website, which has more than 1.4 billion users, processes payments using BitPay. You can learn more about donations here.
Overstock is a big online retailer selling a wide variety of products from jewelry to kitchen appliances. The company started accepting cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin way back in 2014. This fact makes it one of the first retailers of such scale to start accepting digital assets as a payment.
Companies by product type
Modern society could not function as it does without a vast amount of gadgets. People buy electronic devices all the time, as the companies update their existing model lines. Luckily for cryptocurrency users, there are several online electronics stores that accept this method of payment.
If you want to buy any popular gadget, chances are, you can purchase it on Newegg. The products sold on the website include PC parts, smartphones, toys and more. The company has integrated BitPay payment solution, which means it can now support cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin included.
Scan.co.uk is similar to Newegg, but even more focused on gadgets. The website accepts Bitcoin via BitPay since 2014. It is a perfect place to buy specialized pieces of electronics, such as professional music equipment or newest desktop PC parts.
VPN services allow users to bypass blocks of different services due to geographical location and remain anonymous when connecting to the Internet. Therefore, it makes total sense to purchase VPN using cryptocurrencies to guarantee even greater degree of anonymity.
NordVPN is one of the strongest VPN offerings on the market. It allows its users to connect to 5000 servers located in more than 60 countries. What’s more, this service has a strict zero-logging policy, making it as private as technically possible.
ExpressVPN offers more than 3000 servers in over 90 countries. Other functions of the service include split tunneling, custom DNS servers, no-logs policy and more. It supports Bitcoin payments via BitPay.
Food is something people buy daily, and cryptocurrency holders are no exception. Several companies have realized this and made it possible to spend cryptocurrencies in their online grocery stores and cafes worldwide.
One of the most famous fast food restaurant chains is accepting Bitcoin via BitPay since the beginning of 2018. Currently, it is one of the biggest businesses accepting Bitcoin in Canada. However, you can only pay with Bitcoin only when ordering food for delivery, and not directly in one of the restaurants. That said, the company seems to support cryptocurrencies, even making light-hearted jokes about them:
Takeaway claims to be “the leading online food delivery marketplace in Continental Europe and Israel”. The platform allows its customers to order food in restaurants, which then gets delivered with courier. The service with over 8 million customers started accepting Bitcoin in the middle of 2017.
Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods is a marketplace of organic products that allows no artificial sweeteners, hydrogenated fats and certain other types of preservatives and chemicals to be found in them. The company started to accept Bitcoin payments in 2019.
Arguably the most “hip” place to buy coffee, Starbucks tried to elevate its coolness factor once again by starting to support Bitcoin in 2019. The cafe chain with more than 30 000 individual shops in more than 70 countries is one of the largest businesses to start accepting cryptocurrencies.
Gift cards are a great option for buying things with crypto even on platforms that are not officially supporting digital currencies. For example, it is possible to buy an eBay gift card with Bitcoin and use it to buy items on the platforms, even if eBay is not accepting cryptocurrencies.
Gyft offers a wide selection of gift cards that is comparatively frequently updated. The cards purchased are accessible offline, making using them even more convenient.
Compared to Gyft, this service offers a slightly smaller selection of cards. However, it still offers some cards Gyft doesn’t, making it a better option in some cases. Another advantage of this particular solution is that it requires 0 confirmations, meaning that the card is purchased right after the transaction is published on the blockchain.
Online stores usually offer a wide selection of products and slightly lower prices than physical stores. With many of them now accepting Bitcoin and altcoins, it should not be hard for cryptocurrency enthusiasts to buy what they need.
BitPlaza sells many types of products, from video games to groceries and from books to toys. It has an online store, as well as dedicated iOS and Android apps. The price of every item listed on Bitplaza is displayed in BTC.
Shopify is a platform that allows anyone to set up their online store and sell anything. The platform allows sellers to accept Bitcoin since 2013. This means that there is a healthy chance that your favorite Shopify seller is accepting BTC! However, that is not guaranteed.
Etsy is similar to Shopify, but their model is different. Instead of letting sellers to set up webstores, it places all the items in the marketplace, thus making it easier for item creators to get exposure. The platform allows sellers to accept BTC – just like Shopify.
Didn’t find what you need on BTC-supporting platforms mentioned? That’s not a problem, because you can always use Purse in this case. The app allows you to buy any Amazon product with cryptocurrency. Keeping in mind how enormous is Amazon’s product selection, it means that you can buy just about any popular product with Bitcoin.
With travel industry growing at a ridiculous pace, many services are looking to gain a competitive edge by accepting Bitcoin. There are even some services that accept cryptocurrency only!
Travala is a booking platform built using blockchain technologies. As for the time of publishing, it offers more than 500 000 accommodations around the world. The service, which has a TrustPilot score of over 9, accepts Bitcoin, Litecoin, NANO and several other cryptocurrencies as a form of payment.
Bitcoin.travel allows users to book flights, hotels and rentals with Bitcoin. It has been featured on Forbes and CoinDesk and is a well-established service in the industry.
Launched in 2013, BTCTrip is a platform that allows its users to find the cheapest flight tickets and purchase them with cryptocurrency. The service accepts BTC (obviously), as well as LTC.
Cheapair is a direct competitor of BTCTrip and Bitcoin.travel. Apart from offering flight search, just like the previous two services, it also allows users to search for car rentals. The service has been featured on CNET, Mashable and Lifehacker.
Back in 2014, airBaltic became the first airline to accept Bitcoin. The Latvia-based company offers flights mostly in continental Europe. It also has a fleet of modern planes, making it a great option for safe and comfortable air travel.
Norwegian air is another big European airline that supports Bitcoin payments. Despite only starting to embrace cryptocurrency in the middle of 2019, it decided to take things a step further than airBaltic. According to a certain Norwegian newspaper, the airline will open its own cryptocurrency exchange!
Dish, a US-based TV service provider, started to accept Bitcoin way back in 2014. The company with its 14+ million customers thus became the largest to accept cryptocurrencies at that moment. In 2018, the company started accepting Bitcoin Cash as well.
If you want to exchange your “digital gold” (a.k.a. Bitcoin) for some physical gold, this company can help you. Reeds Jewellers is a large US-based jewelry chain founded in 1946. It started supporting Bitcoin in 2014 by collaborating with Coinbase.
Namecheap is a large hosting provider and domain name registrar. It allows its customers to purchase most of the products (not all of them, unfortunately) using Bitcoin. It is a fairly good all-in-one solution if you want to build a website or a blog but only can pay in cryptocurrency.
Inguard offers a wide range of insurance services, including health insurance, home insurance, car insurance and more. The company was first among the competitors to start accepting Bitcoin. The main reason for Inguard to start accepting world’s biggest cryptocurrency back in 2013 was the determination to provide the best possible user experience.
Protonmail is a privacy-focused email provider based in Switzerland. It has both web version of its service, as well as Android and iOS apps. It is open-source and offers many privacy features, such as end-to-end encryption. Paying for the premium tiers of the service with Bitcoin and not bank account is one more step to protecting your privacy.
Virgin Galactic is a company that plans to send customers to space on a spacecraft built specifically for this purpose. It has already conducted a series of successful tests. The company started to accept Bitcoin as a means of payment for a ticket in 2013. At the time of publishing, the price of a single ticket stands at 250 000 USD.
Mega.nz is a cloud storage platform that directly competes with the likes of Dropbox and Google Drive. The service puts a big emphasis on data privacy. Even though it offers plenty of storage for free, you can always add even more by upgrading to paid tiers. These can be purchased with BTC since 2013.
Bitgive claims to be “the 1st Bitcoin and blockchain non-profit charity”. It has sponsored projects in Kenya, Mexico, Philippines, Nepal and other countries during the last 5 years. According to the website, the charity has impacted more than 33 000 lives. Apart from Bitcoin donations, the charity also supports PayPal and Amazon donations.
A map of individual merchants
Of course, the companies listed in this article are not the only ones accepting Bitcoin. Small local businesses are starting to embrace Bitcoin too. As for the time of publishing, there are more than 15 000 companies worldwide that are accepting bitcoin:
You can find the live map here.
Frequently asked questions
Can Bitcoin be converted to Cash?
Yes, it is possible to convert Bitcoin to physical money at a Bitcoin ATM. Another way to convert Bitcoin to fiat is through a Bitcoin exchange.
Does Amazon accept Bitcoin?
No, but there is a workaround. Amazon does not directly support Bitcoin payments. However, it is possible to buy any Amazon product with cryptocurrency via third-party service, such as Purse.io.
Does Microsoft Still Accept Bitcoin?
Yes. According to the Microsoft’s terms of service, the company still accepts Bitcoin. However, there is a big amount of fine print – make sure to read it!
Does Starbucks Accept Bitcoin?
Yes. Starbucks started accepting Bitcoin in 2019.
Why should I pay with Bitcoin?
Bitcoin payments guarantee a greater degree of privacy than bank payments or PayPal payments. What’s more, Bitcoin payments are decentralized, meaning that your money goes directly to the seller, without any intermediaries (in most cases).
What Can I Buy with Bitcoin?
It is possible to buy almost anything with BTC by using Bitcoin debit cards. Such cards can be issued by Visa or Mastercard. They can be topped up using Bitcoin.
Does Expedia Still Accept Bitcoin?
No. Expedia has officially stopped supporting cryptocurrencies. The company states their high volatility as a primary reason for this decision.
Does eBay Accept Bitcoin?
No. Despite the rumors that occured in the beginning of 2019, eBay does not accept Bitcoin as a payment method.
Nowadays, it is possible to buy almost any existing product using cryptocurrencies. From household items to toys, from food to airplane tickets, from hosting to VPN; anything, really. What’s more, the number of businesses accepting crypto is growing all the time. The world slowly-but-steadily adopts Bitcoin and it is just a matter of time when every company will accept some kind of cryptocurrency.
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