These days bitcoiners can do a whole lot more with their ‘digital gold’ as there’s a broad range of merchants opting to accept bitcoin every day. Now this week one of the leading “All-You-Can Fly” air travel providers, Surf Air, has announced it is accepting bitcoin and ethereum for monthly memberships and charters.
Surf Air: “It Only Makes Sense That We Would Accept Bitcoin as a Progressive Form of Payment
The Silicon Valley-based air travel provider, Surf Air, is now accepting the cryptocurrencies bitcoin and ethereum for services. This means Surf Air members can use their digital assets for a wide range of flights. Within the U.S., Surf Air customers can fly to 70 destinations in California and 30 daily routes that fly to Texas. Further, the charters fly to Europe as well, to places like London, Zurich, and Ibiza. The firm explains that moving towards cryptocurrencies is a “natural progression” for the firm.
“Surf Air was built on the idea of disrupting and changing the way the world sources, purchases and accesses air travel so it only makes sense that we would also be on the cutting-edge of accepting disruptive and progressive forms of payment such as bitcoin and ethereum,” explains Sudhin Shahani, the chief executive officer of Surf Air.
Similarly, bitcoin users are a tremendously motivated community of early adopters. By creating connective tissue between these forward-thinking business models, I believe we’re molding the future for consumer-first, experience-driven commerce.
Digital Currency Is On Everyone’s Radar
Surf Air is one of the first firms to establish the monthly subscription flight sharing model, and cryptocurrencies can be used for any one of the four tiers of membership. The airline company will be utilizing the San Francisco based Coinbase for its merchant services.
“We are focused on staying on the bleeding edge of technology as a way to provide the most progressive, secure and efficient air travel in the world. Digital currency has been on our radar from the very beginning, and we are excited to provide our members with another quick and seamless way to do business with Surf Air,” Shahani details during the announcement.
Real Estate, Lamborghinis, and Private Jets, Oh My!
Surf Air joins the growing list of other airlines offering services for bitcoin like the personal private jet provider Tapjets. The Fargo-based Tapjets started accepting bitcoins through its iPhone app this past summer. Further, the airline provider Privatefly has been accepting bitcoin for flights since 2014. Additionally, news.Bitcoin.com reported this past October that the firm Star Jets now accepts the cryptocurrency as well. With the ability to purchase real-estate, Lamborghinis, and private flights — Bitcoin is being taken very seriously these days.
What do you think about Surf Air accepting bitcoin and ethereum for charter memberships? Would you use your bitcoin to rent a private airline? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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