Air Travel Provider Surf Air Accepts Bitcoin and Ethereum

Announcements, Now Accepting | December 6, 2017 By:

California-based airline Surf Air is now accepting payments in bitcoin and ethereum for its monthly membership services as well as global charter services.

Surf Air is a commuter airline that offers ‘all you can fly’ flight service for a fixed monthly fee. It charges, starting from, $1,950 per month plus a $1,000 signup fee. The airline is operating more than 70 daily flights in California and 30 more in Texas. In July of this year, Surf Air started operations in Europe, debuting its maiden trip from London to Ibiza. New routes are also planned from Zurich to Munich and Luxembourg.

Surf Air’s chairman and CEO Sudhin Shahani said that the airline was built on the idea of disrupting and changing the way the world sources, purchases and accesses air travel, so it only makes sense that they would also be on the cutting edge of accepting disruptive and progressive forms of payment such as bitcoin and ethereum.

“Bitcoin users are a tremendously motivated community of early adopters,” said Shahani. “By creating connective tissue between these forward-thinking business models, I believe we’re molding the future for consumer-first, experience-driven commerce.”

He added that the company is focused on staying on the bleeding edge of technology as a way to provide the most progressive, secure and efficient air travel in the world. He said that cryptocurrency has been on the company’s radar from the very beginning and that they are excited to provide their members with another quick and seamless way to do business with Surf Air.

Coinbase CEO and co-founder Brian Armstrong said that this is an important step for digital currencies as they move from an investment asset to creating an open financial system. The market cap of digital currencies has increased from ~$17B to over $300B in 2017. There are now tens of millions of people around the world who have digital currencies and are looking for places to transact.