Paying with Bitcoin
Powered by Coinbase. Our acceptance of Bitcoin is powered by our partner, Coinbase. We do not guarantee and are not responsible for the availability of Coinbase’s services.
To complete your booking, you will be re-directed to Coinbase’s website, where you will see the total cost of your booking in Bitcoin, based on an exchange rate set by Coinbase. The Bitcoin price for your booking will remain valid for 10 minutes. If you do not initiate a payment during this time, the Bitcoin exchange rate will be updated and the Bitcoin price for your booking may change.
Bitcoin network transaction fees. As with nearly all Bitcoin transactions, a very small transaction fee will be added by the Bitcoin network to the total cost in Bitcoin of your booking. This fee covers the cost of verifying Bitcoin transactions. Expedia has no control over this fee and does not receive any portion of the fee.
Bitcoin transactions are final. Once you initiate a Bitcoin transaction, you cannot cancel it (provided however that you may seek a refund per our refund policy described below). This is inherent in the nature of the Bitcoin network, not a policy set by Expedia.
Under payments and over payments. If you attempt to initiate a payment of Bitcoins different from the exact cost of the booking indicated by Coinbase, your booking will not complete. You will be required to re-submit payment for the correct amount in order to complete the booking. After a failed payment, the Bitcoin exchange rate may update or you may be required to restart the booking process.
Transactions complete once confirmed. Once a Bitcoin transaction is submitted to the Bitcoin network, it will be unconfirmed for a period of time (usually about an hour, but sometimes longer) pending full verification of the transaction by the Bitcoin network. A transaction is not complete until it is fully verified.
Refunds issued for the USD value of your booking. Your refund will either be issued in USD (or other currency) or in Bitcoin for the USD value of your booking, but in both cases less any applicable fees, including any cancellation fees. If you receive your refund in Bitcoin, your refund will be converted from USD to Bitcoin based on an exchange rate at the time you initiate the refund through our Website. You acknowledge that if the value of Bitcoin against USD has risen since the time of your purchase, you will receive less Bitcoin than you paid at the time of booking.
A valid email address and an account with Our Bitcoin Processor are required for refunds in Bitcoin. If you receive your refund in Bitcoin, your refund will be issued through Coinbase or another third party provider we use for Bitcoin processing services (“Our Bitcoin Processor”) acting on our behalf. In such instances you must have, or create, an account with Our Bitcoin Processor in order to receive the refund in Bitcoin. Our Bitcoin Processor will send a refund notification email to the email address associated with your Expedia booking (if you were signed in at booking, your Expedia account email address; otherwise, the email address you provided at checkout). Providing a valid email address that you are able to access is important, as it is a condition for receiving your refund. If you do not have an account with Our Bitcoin Processor associated with the email address to which the refund email was sent, the refund notification email will explain how to create an account with Our Bitcoin Processor and claim your refund. If you fail to create an account with Our Bitcoin Processor and/or complete the steps outlined in the refund notification email within 30 days, the funds will be returned to Expedia. If the refund notification email is sent to an email address associated with an existing account with Our Bitcoin Processor, the refund will automatically be credited by Our Bitcoin Processor to your account. You acknowledge that, if you are unable to (1) access the email address associated with your booking or (2) use Our Bitcoin Processor’s service or create an account with Our Bitcoin Processor, you will not be able to receive a refund for your booking.