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Fly with Bitcoin

Today, for the first time, I payed for a flight with Bitcoin. I’m traveling from Finland back to Germany with AirBaltic. They offer common payment options from wire transfer over credit card to–yes!–bitcoin. Most options come with a fee: six euros for PayPal, two-fifty for credit cards, but none for Bitcoin.

I had to enter my national ID number and my full name to identify my payment in case of a refund. I was redirected to a bitcoin payment processor for businesses. (BitPay) They asked for my email, again, before I was able to copy the amount and target address into a transaction from my bitcoin wallet. I entered my pin and the transaction was on it’s way.

The transaction cost me one-fifty in fees to the bitcoin network, which is cheaper than credit card with a comparable effort. Regarding anonymity, (Bitcoin is only pseudonymous) I hope that only airBaltic and BitPay can link the payment to me.

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Raffael

Studies business information systems in Leipzig