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Bitrefill offers Bitcoin [BTC] and other cryptocurrency payment options to purchase Airbnb and Ikea gift cards




Bitcoin [BTC] and other altcoins can be used to purchase Airbnb and Ikea giftcards at Bitrefill
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Bitrefill recently launched a feature enabling crypto enthusiasts on its platform to purchase Airbnb and Ikea gift cards using Bitcoin, and other altcoins.

The exchange platform posted,

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With the new roll-out, customers from Germany can purchase a 20 or 100 Euro gift card on Ikea’s website with Bitcoins. Further, the German user base for the Swedish retail company will also be able to purchase gift cards on e-commerce platforms like Amazon,, and Zalando.

The crypto firm enabled users to purchase products at big retail stores that previously accepted payment in fiat only, and had no option for cryptocurrency payment.

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For the San Francisco-based hospitality chain, Airbnb, Bitrefill will allow the purchase of gift cards worth 15 Euros, 25 Euros and 50 Euros on its platform, using Bitcoin, Litecoin [LTC], Ethereum [ETH], Dash, and Dogecoin. Also, Bitrefill’s Airbnb Gift Cards can be used for short-term hotel reservations not exceeding 28 days. The gift card option is however, limited to US users only and is not available in other countries.

Additionally, the Airbnb site also made provisions to buy gift cards from various brands like Nike and Netflix to eBay and Groupon, gift cards that can be used in different countries, according to reports.

Bitrefill has over 130k users and has facilitated crypto adoption in different spaces. Earlier this year, Bitrefill unveiled a service named ‘Thor,’ which allowed users to get an empty lightning channel opened for them from the platform’s node, enabling the sender to provide lightning channels without the recipient having to set up anything.

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Chayanika holds a Journalism degree and is currently working with AMBCrypto. She is inquisitive about everything that the Blockchain Technology has to offer.


HitBTC responds to allegations of insolvency, refutes claims made by Redditors




HitBTC responds to allegations of insolvency
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HitBTC, a Hong Kong-based exchange has been the center of accusations among users on Reddit, Twitter, and other forums. HitBTC users started complaining about issues regarding withdrawal and extensive procedures after one particular user @ProofofReserach put out a thread alleging insolvency of HitBTC.

To put an end to all the accusations, HitBTC has broken its silence with a blog post explaining their side of the story. According to HitBTC, their systems performed well during the winter of 2017-18, however, HitBTC mentioned that due to overwhelming demand for the services, they experienced bottlenecks at an operational level.

Referring to the BitcoinExchangeGuide article, HitBTC responded:

“A widely quoted article, in its entirety, is based on only 2 AML cases. One of them was initiated as part of the investigation into the December, 2018 BTCP security breach, at the request of the coin’s core team. Unfortunately, there is no clear indication of the nature of the second case that can be discerned from the article. The author of the article failed to track the deposit/withdrawal dynamics that did not uncover any irregularities. A simple block explorer or our public System Monitor would suffice for these purposes”

Additionally, referring to the altcoins being added and removed from the platform, the exchange said that they were honored to work with a diverse range of projects, however, since the crypto sphere was still nascent, there were lapses in their judgment in assessing the integration partners. With the above-mentioned prominent cases, HitBTC also addressed other topics.

@ProofofResearch replied to HitBTC’s blog:

“Is there a reason why you’re unable to tell people us where your Bitcoin storage is at? If what I published is as untrue as you claim it is, then providing a wallet address where your Bitcoin funds are stored will go a long way in *proving that*.”

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