Expedia Partner Solutions and Travala.com join forces to offer frictionless cryptocurrency travel booking


London  Expedia Partner Solutions (EPS), one of the B2B brands of Expedia Group, has announced a new collaboration with Travala.com, the leading cryptocurrency-friendly accommodation booking platform.

Powered by EPS’s versatile API, Rapid, more than 700,000 Expedia Group accommodations are available via Travala.com, including over 13 million property images, over 7.5 million room images, and over 175 different caption categories. On the site, travelers can book trips using more than 30 forms of cryptocurrency, including Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Binance Coin (BNB) and AVA, Travala.com’s native cryptocurrency.

Juan Otero, CEO and co-founder, Travala.com, says: “With cryptocurrency adoption on the rise, we want to ensure our users have payment choice and transparent pricing for every trip booked. EPS Rapid is the best API product in the industry and this partnership unlocks greater accommodation choice and availability for our travelers, including 4 and 5 star hotels in top destinations.”

“Our latest month-on-month data (April to May 2020) shows consumer confidence and the desire for travel is returning, with a 45% increase in room nights booked and website traffic up 50% week-on-week. Working with EPS means we can drive traveler loyalty throughout the recovery period, offering last-minute availability and fantastic rates and offers.”

Alfonso Paredes, Senior Vice President Commercial Partnerships at EPS, says: “At EPS we are passionate about innovation and recognize that booking and payment choice continues to evolve in a fast-changing world.

“Our aim is to support Travala.com to scale their business faster than ever before. Through our expansive travel supply, partner support and cutting-edge technology, we specialize in helping our partners build fantastic experiences for their travelers. At EPS, we truly believe that when our partners win, we win.”

In May 2020, with backing from the industry-leading blockchain company Binance, Travala.com merged with TravelbyBit to create one of the world’s largest blockchain-based travel agencies, enabling ease of payment for travel bookings with cryptocurrencies and an unprecedented level of payment speed and security.

Changpeng Zhao, CEO and founder, Binance, says: “Travala.com has proven their ability to build a world-class travel booking platform. We’re excited to see the development of Travala.com’s relationship with Expedia Group, as they enhance the use of cryptocurrency in travel.”

In 2018, EPS Rapid was introduced to give companies with a travel offering access to competitive accommodation rates and availabilities from a portfolio of over 700,000 properties with 35+ different property types in more than 35,000 destinations worldwide. The API allows companies across the globe to customize their travel offering end-to-end, from shopping to booking and payment.