Bit by bit, fans of bitcoin—the virtual currency currently experiencing wild fluctuations in value—are finding ways to use the digital dollars for travel.
Scroll through the Bitcoin.Travel website or Facebook page and you'll find an eclectic listing of real-world cafes, transportation companies, hostels and tour companies around the world advertising the fact they're willing to accept bitcoin payments.
Among those is New Jersey-based A Class Limousine, which provides sedans, limousines, vans and shuttle buses for airport and point-to-point travel in its region.
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The company has been accepting bitcoin payments since January "because it is cheap, quick, and virtually risk free," said accounts manager Aaron Williams, "and because it helps us grow our client base."
The benefit to travelers, said Williams, is that bitcoin is now an internationally accepted currency "so there is no currency to exchange before getting in your car or credit card forex fees. The long and the short of it is that people spend it and we want them to spend it on our services."