Got bitcoins to spend? Quite a few big sites have already begun to integrate payment options for Bitcoin and you can purchase everything from VPN services to pizza or home goods. So, you’re in luck if you’ve been holding onto your bitcoin for a while either privately or in an exchange such as Coinbase and feel ready to use them to make a purchase.
If you’re wondering where to start, look no further than the following top websites that are now accepting Bitcoin as payment for their goods and services. By the way, more and more brick-and-mortar sites are accepting Bitcoin, too. Fly into Denver and you can even pay for your parking with Bitcoin. Cryptocurrency is not just for the unsavory criminal any more.
Editor’s Note: This page is updated regularly and adds only confirmed major businesses or services currently accepting cryptocurrencies companywide or in specific corporate divisions. Subway, for example, is not on this list because only one store has been confirmed as using it; the company as a whole does not.
Overstock.com was the first big online retailer to start accepting bitcoins in January of 2014. The company allows its customers to pay for everything from laptops and television sets to throw pillows and ottomans with bitcoins. In fact, Overstock.com allows customers to use all the major cryptocurrencies, including Ethereum, Litecoin, Dash, Monero, and the new Bitcoin Cash.
To use a cryptocurrency on Overstock.com, at checkout simply select your preferred currency to complete your purchase. The payment system will convert the currency into bitcoins and finalize the purchase.
Expedia is one of the world’s largest online travel booking agencies, and since June of 2014 users have had the option to pay for their hotel bookings with bitcoins.
Like Overstock.com, Expedia teamed up with Coinbase to implement the new payment option. Bitcoin payment is only accepted for hotel bookings at the moment, but may be expanded to include payments for flights, activities and more.
You can’t spend bitcoins at every website or offline store, but you can use your bitcoins to purchase gift cards for places that don’t directly accept bitcoins.
eGifter is a popular gift card site and mobile app that lets users buy gift cards for all sorts of places, including Amazon, JCPenny, Sephora, Home Depot, Kohl’s and more. eGifter uses Coinbase as their bitcoin partner.
Are you a gadget junkie? If yes, then you’ll be happy to hear that electronic retail giant Newegg accepts bitcoin. Newegg has chosen BitPay as its payment processing partner for the digital currency.
Note that the bitcoin option at checkout may be unavailable if you are purchasing an item from a seller other than Newegg but that sells through the Newegg site. Be aware that Newegg does not accept bitcoin for these purchases:
- Will Call orders
- Newegg Gift Cards (digital)
- Marketplace items
- Subscription orders
- Premier memberships
- Return shipping labels
If you’re not familiar with Shopify, all you really need to know is that it’s an ecommerce platform that allows merchants to set up their own online shops to sell their products similar to Etsy or eBay. In November of 2013, all 75,000+ Shopify merchants received the option to start accepting bitcoin payments with the help of BitPay.
Satellite television and Internet service provider Dish Network accepted its first bitcoin payment in August 2014. Dish is one of the largest companies so far to adopt any kind of cryptocurrency, and also the first subscription-based TV provider to do so.
￼The bitcoin payment option is now available for DISH customers choosing to make one-time payments on mydish.com. Customers will still have the option to make any payment online via credit card, debit card or bank account.
Dish has partnered with Coinbase for its bitcoin transactions.
Roadway Moving Company
At the end of 2017, Roadway Moving Company became the first moving company to accept Bitcoin as a valid form of payment by customers. Citing the lack of sales tax as a plus for the payment system, the company accepts Bitcoin payments for customers who have a hot wallet (digital assets connected to the internet). Cold wallet payments are not accepted.
Hungry? Get your pizza fix using bitcoins and more than 45 other cryptocurrencies at PizzaForCoins. Once the site verifies it has a pizza joint (Dominos, Pizza Hut or Papa John’s) that is close to your location, you can order your pizza and pay for it with digital currency. A small fee for the service is included in your final payment amount. Yum!
Intuit PayByCoin Services
Small businesses can accept cryptocurrency payments through Intuit, which offers a PayByCoin service as part of its QuickBooks Online electronic invoice service.
Before accepting payments in bitcoin, small businesses must first turn on PayByCoin inside QuickBooks Labs and then link a Bitcoin payment processor to their QuickBooks Online account from Company Settings. When a customer chooses to pay the invoice online with bitcoin, the customer is presented with instructions from the linked Bitcoin payment processor to complete the transaction.
The business can then elect to receive final payment in cryptocurrency or another currency. Intuit does not charge a fee for this add-on service but the Bitcoin network typically does.
You can use Bitcoin to deposit funds into your Microsoft account. These funds, however, can only be used to purchase games, movies, and apps in the Windows and Xbox stores; you can’t use them to buy things from the Microsoft online store.
Note: Any Bitcoin funds deposited are non-refundable.
There’s a lot of fine print (this IS Microsoft, of course) but, on the other hand, Microsoft has the process pretty well streamlined. If you’re a gamer or avid movie fan, this is a reliable service
Reeds Jewelers, Inc.
Reeds Jewelers is an American fine jeweler with brick-and-mortar locations in 13 states plus a national online presence. All locations accept bitcoin (aka cryptocurrency).
Purchases can include fine jewelry, watches and loose diamonds. Free delivery via armored transport is available for purchases of loose diamonds valued at more than $25,000.
A second digital gift card platform accepts Bitcoin.
Gift cards are a useful option for those holding cryptocurrency; the cards can be used as needed to purchase goods at more than 200 retailers.
Gyft offers cards from retailers such as Target, Sephora, CVS Pharmacy, Whole Foods, Hotels.com, Southwest Airlines, and more. You can purchase these cards with a Coinbase wallet.
Wanna get away? Fly with CheapAir using your cryptocurrency. After you choose your flights you are given your payment options, including BTC. You can make both domestic and international flight arrangements with CheapAir.
The travel company has been accepting bitcoin payments since 2013 and is the only one that will accept the currency as payment for air travel. Transactions are finalized using your Coinbase wallet.
More Stamps Global
Opening up even more travel options, More Stamps Global announced in August 2018 that it would being accepting ‘forty different popular cryptocurrencies.’ You can choose from flights, activities, hotels, and even transfers when booking travel, and the prices seem to be comparable (or maybe even a tick better) to other travel services.
Allowing customers to pay for hotels, rental cars, and other travel experiences using any one of 40 different cryptocurrencies also opens a lot of options for some travelers.
Individual Merchants Around the World
Although not major retail establishments, there are thousands of small businesses worldwide that accept cryptocurrency payments. One way to find out if any of those smaller merchants are near your location is to check out the coinmap 2.0. There you can see a local or world map view that shows the location of merchants who take cryptocurrencies as payment.