Expedia Accepts Bitcoin for Hotel Reservations

PSA: Use Bitcoin to stay at over 70,000 hotels worldwide, with Gyft and the Global Hotel Card (powered by Orbitz)

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Expedia just purchased Orbitz. I suppose that means Bitcoin payments coming to Orbitz now?

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The Biggest Heist Possibly EVER is Happening NOW!

  1. Early November it's announced BTC will have two Futures Market.
  2. Shortly after the announcement Hedge Fund Managers along with the wealthy elite start buying up BTC by the billions in order to drive price up to ATH (19k) with the knowledge of knowing they would short the 1st BPOE future.
  3. First Future Market set at 15k
  4. Hedge Fund Managers start laddering sales of their now ATH BTCs making BILLIONS.
  5. These large sales slowly create panic and more people start selling. By this time The hedge funds guys are close to cashed out.
  6. Market takes a dump and the Hedge Funds Made Billions buying BTC Low and selling high while at the same time NAILING their short call on Future Market.
OK GREAT HEIST RIGHT? BUT WAIT THATS NOT ALL.
  1. Hedge Funds Managers and Wealthy Elite go LONG on BCME Future which is due 10 days after the first futures call.
  2. Market takes a complete nose dive back to 9k and gues who is their to start buying again? Thats right the Hedge Fund Managers and Wealthy Elite.
  3. With their newly made BILLIONS the Hedge Fund Managers push the price back up over course of 7 days in order to hit their LONG CALL on 2nd Futures market.
If you see a spike in the price of BTC and overall market cap after 1pm PST today (when 1st future call settles) you will have witnessed one of the greatest robberies of ALL TIME.
EDIT: PLEASE NOTICE THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE USING AD HOMINEM ATTACKS ON ME BECAUSE I POST TO conspiracy TELLING HUH?
EDIT 2: We dont need regulation we need innovative blockchain companies that would squash this.... There are financial disrupters working on this as we speak...... These companies will be truly change finance like Orbitz changed the travel industry.
EDIT 3: 30 Minutes till settlement and BTC is up close to $1000 in the last hour. EDIT 4: 30 Minutes after close of 1st future BTC up another $1000 That is a $2000 spike in an hour and a half.
EDIT 5: Thank you kind souls that gave me gold.... I wonder if I can buy StrongHands With it? Also let me set the record straight..... I DONT KNOW SHIT. I've been trading Crypto around three months. I'm not a guru nor should you take what I say as financial advice. One thing I've learned in three months which has been MOST USEFUL is understanding peoples reactions to new and the human emotional decision making process can be predicted to some extent.
EDIT 6: Just seen that CME has a new subscription service allowing us to get live info on their futures market. "Due to client demand, we are providing BTC data in real-time until January 26, 2018. If you would like to license real-time data after that point, visit our Market Data section". http://www.cmegroup.com/trading/equity-index/us-index/bitcoin.html
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NEO LIVE - Week 1 Featuring Travala.com AMA summary.

Travala.com / $AVA was the first project to participate in the Weekly "NEO LIVE" Event being run by the NEO Global development:
https://neonewstoday.com/events/neo-live-telegram-series-to-feature-ecosystem-projects-in-weekly-event/
I have gone through and cleaned up the Telegram chat and formatted the questions to make them more readable. Due to the fast moving chat some questions got mixed up a little but i've done my best to remove spam/ emojis and make it readable.
The full archive can be found on the NEO Telegram: @NEO_EN
Introduction:
Host, NGD :
Hi Matt, first question, when is Travala coming to Binance if at all any plans ?
Should we be expecting 15 suppliers integration by Aug 15th?
Why should I use Travala instead of Orbitz or other popular travel sites?
Hi Matt, when the beta version goes live, travala can expect an Increase of booking numbers I think. Are you considering to hire more people for costumers service before or around that time?
** Due to fast moving chat this question got messed up. The team later commented the following regarding this question:
What are benefit of Travala token holder ???
Is the ava token able to be purchased directly on the Travala website? Or will a third party have to handle this? Is there a fiat gateway plan? Will Nash handle this?
First of all congratulations matt for your crowdfunding on crowdcube my question is when we see travala application on both platform means app is more easy and user friendly as comapre to website so any approximately time frame ?
Will you list travala at some point at kayak or is this plan cancelled?
what's your vision for travala by end of 2020 and beyond?
Hello Matt! Could you tell about your goals in the future in terms of market share? Do you see having 0.1-1% of Market share of current giants like Booking.com, Hotels.com as a realistic goal?
Along with the August update, will search improvements be also in place, so its easily to locate countries, etc, currently difficult to find all places in the Maldives for example, which we will need for the Travala knees up sometime soon
What other (other than the SMART rewards) ways are there that have been implemented to encourage the usage of AVA on the platform instead of the other many payment options?
can you elaborate on the Key Opinion Leaders? Is this an affiliate marketing program outside of the $20 invite reward?
Travala does already accept several cryptocurrencies as a mean of payment. Do you plan to add GAS at some point?
When do you expect the review giveback program to be put in place and what are the projections on % of people making reviews vs total bookings.
when do you expect beta site to go live?
context: 1/3 reviews can be considered as fake on TripAdvisor. How will you guys handling reviews on your platform. Can you elaborate more about this topic, because it is very vital problem in Travel industry.
I remember business accounts went live during the last update, but this isnt obvious anywhere on the site, is this something you are handling privately at the moment?
Are there more partnerships planned for Q3 that you can't tell us yet?
the commission fee is said to range between 5-10% depending on maturity of the platform. Can you confirm what % the current fee is?
how many employees does Travala now have?
Will you ever get an office with windows? :grin:
Has any details been released of the new CTO?
Are qualifying crowdcube contributors still receiving t-shirts and goody bag etc at some point?
when will flight booking will be avalible on travala?
what’s your favorite part of working at Travala?
how would a buyout of Travala affect the tokens?
Any plans to have a bug bountry programs as many crypto project have ,?
You already been approached by one of the big OTA’s for an cooperation or maybe for a business level account?
what would be the primary driver to decrease the required 5.000 token amount to become lvl 5 SMART?
What are the costs to maintain Travala system and how those costs are covered? What are biggest costs?
is there any way to have a sneak peak of the new website :grin: ?
how many employees do you expect to have by end of Q3?
Are you satisfied with the development of travala so far?
if the selected booking date is not available, can the result provide 'next available date'. Or is this already coming?
With NEO’s EcoFund investment, what are Travala.com’s new strategic growth targets?
can we expect greater marketing in terms of adspend once beta comes online in August, or is the marketing campaign going to increase later in Q3 or Q4?
how much does the crypto market dropping effect your model, and are you well prepared for a long crypto winter should that eventuate and how much do you rely on the crypto prices for stability vs getting revenue elsewhere?
do you personally believe that we will be listed on kayak in 2019?
What do u think about NEO blockchain
Will Libra be accepted as a payement method in the far future ?
are you guys attending more events this year?
Can you share something about the plans to boost the smart memberships ?
we’ve seen you guys do great work with BCH, LTC and DASH, has other top 20 coins approached you and showed interest?
Will Travala harness the Seraph ID solution
Does Travala.com have any plans in the future to work together with other NEO ecosystem projects? :laughing:
In addition to financial assistance, in what other ways will NEO’s EcoFund benefit Travala.com and help it reach its goals? Moving forward, in what capacities will NEO and Travala.com work together? How does it differ from your prior relationship?
Will it be possible one day to buy a smart membership directly with fiat with the nash app like buying a Prime membership on Amazon ?
Is it possible that Travala helps Airbnb to go blockchain?
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How to manage your online/offline purchases and why it matters

Privacy when using a debit/credit card. It's something very few think about but has, and will continue to have, far reaching concerns that are virtually impossible to correct.
When you use your card, a couple things happen. The business where you made your purchase opens a profile tied directly to you and stores that indefinitely. Along with the business, your bank also gathers a significant portion of information to store indefinitely. Here's a few things that the business and bank know when you make a purchase.
Business
If you have a store rewards account, which many people do, you can add these to the list
Bank
Over time, your profile at these companies build. Full itemized purchase history, exact date and time of every purchase you've ever made down to the second, and every card you've used to buy everything. Your bank doesn't have quite as many details, but they know almost as much. Once you realize all of the information that you give off by inserting or swiping or tapping a piece of plastic, it starts to become slightly concerning.
The thoughts of identity theft typically spring the the forefront and for good reason. 284 data breaches across a dozen different industries, releasing billions (with a B) of personal records and credentials is astoundingly tragic. Almost 17 million people experienced identity theft in 2017. You can walk into any local Starbucks, look around, and know that at least one person in the building has personally experienced identity theft. It's shockingly common.
Even though someone can open credit cards in your name or impersonate you when opening a new account, many of these things are fixable given enough blood, sweat, and tears. The real dangers are things that are unfixable once they start. Think about these scenarios for a moment.
With offline purchases being tied to your online identities, companies can make hundreds or thousands of data point connections and draw statistical conclusions based on what tens or hundreds of millions of people are doing. Google has access to, at least, 70% of credit card purchases and are linking them to you as you read this.
Some might argue that none of these things are happening now and it's all unbridled paranoia and fear mongering. Unfortunately, this isn't remotely new and is increasingly becoming more common across the world.
In 2000, Amazon was called out for charging different customers different prices for DVDs. They stated it was "random" but no one truly knows what criteria they were focusing on. It's fairly uncommon for a retailer to test price changes without a purpose to see what type of people buy what items.
In 2012, WSJ did an investigation on Staples and found that they [Staples] displayed different prices based on your location.
A Wall Street Journal investigation found that the Staples Inc. website displays different prices to people after estimating their locations. More than that, Staples appeared to consider the person's distance from a rival brick-and-mortar store, either OfficeMax Inc. or Office Depot Inc. ODP 2.56% If rival stores were within 20 miles or so, Staples.com usually showed a discounted price.
Also in 2012, WSJ also found that Orbitz charged Mac users up to 30% more for their hotels.
Orbitz Worldwide Inc. has found that people who use Apple Inc.'s Mac computers spend as much as 30% more a night on hotels, so the online travel agency is starting to show them different, and sometimes costlier, travel options than Windows visitors see.
In 2014, WashingtonPost did an investigation of their own across multiple ecommerce sites. Here's some of the interesting tidbits they found.
For example, Travelocity reduced the prices on 5 percent of hotel rooms shown in search results by around $15 per night for smartphone users. Interestingly, Cheaptickets and Orbitz gave unadvertised “Members Only” discounts of about $12 per night on 5 percent of hotels rooms to users who were logged-in to their accounts on the site.
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Expedia and Hotels.com conduct what marketers and engineers call A/B tests to steer a subset of their users toward more expensive hotels. [...] In this case, visitors to Expedia and Hotels.com were randomly assigned to groups A, B or C based on the cookies stored on their computers. Users in groups A and B were shown hotels with an average price of $187 a night, while users in group C were shown hotels with an average price of $170/night.
...
Home Depot served almost completely different products to users on desktops versus mobile devices. A desktop user searching Home Depot typically received 24 search results, with an average price per item of $120. In contrast, mobile users receive 48 search results, with an average price per item of $230. Bizarrely, products are also $0.41 more expensive on average for Android users.

How to combat this

In store, it's fairly simple. Good old fashioned cold hard cash reigns supreme. There's no way to tie your purchase directly to your (assuming you don't give them a rewards account). Their system will still log the transaction, but it won't have your name sitting right beside it, which is the entire point.
For those that don't want to carry "tons of cash" with them, a non reloadable* vanilla prepaid Visa card is great alternative. For a small fee (usually $5 - $7), you can go to the gas station, buy a card, and preload a few hundred bucks on to a card to use in whatever store you please. Transactions can be tracked by the card number but it's still fairly limited compared to a bank card due to no name attached which, again, is the entire point. However, if you just toss your prepaid card in the trash, someone can pick it up and that cards transactions with the information on the back of the card.
*You need a non reloadable card because reloadable ones typically ask for SSN.
Online purchases are just as easy but they require a couple other steps. You can use a service such as Privacy.com or Blur to generate prepaid cards on the fly to use for online purchases. You link your bank or card to them and simply go to the website to generate a card when you make an online purchase. These are great because (for Privacy.com) you can use any name and email address you want. For Blur, you use their specific address. It feels good when you can use Bobbert McBobsen at 123 Main St in Beverly Hills when buying your new rice cooker online.
*These services are generally US only. Unfortunately, there isn't really a similar service in other parts of the world.
Like in store, you can purchase a non reloadable vanilla Visa card at your local shop, load it up, and use it online to similar effect.
A third option, for the retailers that accept it, is cryptocurrency. Most of them are not truly private but offer substantially more privacy compared to your Chase credit card. Bitcoin is the most commonly accepted but others are starting to show up as well. For most people, prepaid cards are simpler and work in just about every case, unlike crypto.

Final thoughts

It's well worth the time and effort to build new habits around using cash or prepaid cards. Not only for today but for your future. Never forget that once your information is out there, there's no taking it back. With that said, don't stress or worry about the past. The overwhelming majority has used debit/credit cards or signed up for rewards accounts but starting today, you no longer have to feed the machine. As your data ages with nothing new coming it, it becomes less valuable, less accurate, and less trustworthy to companies.
The saying "the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the next best time is right now" applies just as well to privacy.
For those interested in keeping up with my privacy posts, I keep them all over at /gimtayida
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The D in Vegas - my recent trip, a few BTC purchases, thoughts from staff about accepting BTC, 18% fee for using the BTC ATM?? Great food paid for in BTC. w/ Pics!

PICS HERE
THE ATM was easy to spot near the entrance where the cab dropped us. A screen above the ATM proudly displayed the 5 places where Bitcoin could be used.
ATM FEE was ~18% to withdraw $100? The "buy price" they were offering me was $238/BTC when the market price was $291/BTC. To withdraw $100 it asked me for 0.4196 BTC. Not sure if the system was broken, or if this was the actual intended fee? I did NOT do this, although I would have for a ~5% fee which is more like what I was expecting. The ATM was operated by Zenbox. I have contacted their support and will update here if/when I receive a response. I also noted that conversions to USD were only available in increments of $100. I suspect this was due to the machine only stocking $100 bills?
The ATM asked me for my name, address, birth date, and last 4 of my SSN.
The restaurants required no personal information, only a valid BTC payment. In both cases the BitPay app "dinged" for my successful payment within 5 seconds of me sending it on my phone.
Gift Shop payment w/ BTC went very smoothly! The woman was good at using the iPad and the BitPay app, she looked like she'd done it before. I picked up a Beer Mug.
The Andiamo restaurant payment required the manager to swing over w/ the iPad to complete my BTC payment, but he was also quick and good at using it all. The checkout process included a screen for me to choose a tip amount before getting the QR code for the total.
The Andiamo restaurant was AMAZING. While a bit fancy and on the more expensive side, the service was impeccable and the food creative, unique, well made, and, just, wow. I highly recommend dropping some of your Magic Internet Money there =)
BTC Signage was proudly displayed both in the Gift Shop and at the Host desk of the D grill. Also, at the front desk of The D and the front desk of the Golden Gate casino down the road, which I am told is a sister location with the same owner.
Staff responses were varied and interesting. None of the staff could speak for ALL BTC payments, only the payments they personally completed on their working shifts. The Gift Shop staff indicated she completed a BTC payment once a month. The D grill staff said approx every 2 weeks. One woman at the D Grill said she was told accepting Bitcoin was "for the future" and that "little by little" it would be used more. The manager at the Andiamo steakhouse said he'd accepted Bitcoin once a month in the 3 months he'd worked there. The Front Desk at the D said they'd completed a payment monthly, but that it was more commonly used in the restaurants rather than people staying at the D. Also, they told me if a person wanted to pay in BTC for their stay at the Front Desk, they needed to book directly through the D, and keep a Credit Card on file during their stay, even though it would not be charged in the end. And, they could NOT use BTC if a guest booked through a 3rd party (I assume an example would be Orbitz or some travel site).
One staff was misinformed and critical of BTC. She was concerned that "it could all disappear" someday since we "don't know who created it" and that person could apparently come back and do something to take it away. I provided the obligatory 30 second (and after a few drinks on my part) explanation of why this could not happen.... She also told me she had worked for a bank before working at the D, and that she had attended an educational something-or-other while working at the bank that was intended to give bank employees exposure to new developments in the industry they should be aware of.
The Owner (Derek Stevens) is a big fan of BTC, according to the staff, which was fairly obvious in how well they were set-up to use BTC in most ways currently possible/available. I can only assume the owner is taking a hit on the BTC ATM, since I can't believe its gotten enough use to pay for itself, especially if those high fees are a normal thing. I seems like only somebody committed to BTC's ideals would take such a hit financially on an ATM.
THANKS TO THE D (And Derek Stevens) for making such a great experience for Bitcoin users! (Excluding the ATM - wtf?) This was our first time to the Fremont Street (old town, old Vegas, downtown) area, and it was pretty cool! I'd recommend it! The D looked very nice and the bathrooms were the cleanest of any I'd visited in Vegas, including everywhere I'd seen on the strip. Andiamo was awesome. Check it out if you get a chance. (The cab from the strip was approx $25 - we chose not to take the public busses which would have been much cheaper)
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Great job to all those who put together the Bitcoin Black Friday. This is the first time I spent my Bitcoins and I enjoyed every purchase.

I have been in Bitcoin for over a year now and the underlying technology never ceases to amaze me. That being said I have been guilty of being one of the "hoarders" that the skeptics love to critique. I am not one to spend money freely and for me the transaction must make economical sense, within reason of course.
I decided to challenge myself in the last 24 hours and see what is our there in the wild to spend my valuable coins on....
These are some (but not all) of the highlights of this journey:
*I booked two to plane tickets to Orlando Florida in January for a wedding planning session in Disney World. I was planning on buying these through Orbitz, Kayak, or Expedia as I usually do but cheapair.com offered a $10 discount for paying with Bitcoin and with the prices across the sites equal it made economical sense to use Bitcoin. Of course I tweeted this purchase to these other companies and let them know why I chose Cheapair.com.
*I bought a lot of natural soaps and lotions for Christmas presents that my fiance had been asking for. Whollyhemp.com was offering 25% off with Bitcoin so it was a no brainer.
*I donated over $40 to a Sean's Outpost to help homeless people in Florida. This donation was doubled by a generous person and I have the peace of mind knowing that 100% of my donation get to the people who need it most and not skimmed off by banks and credit cards company's.
*I sent $2 to some collage kid who made it onto ESPN who I never met but I felt deserved it for his thoughtfulness in promoting Bitcoin. Just like the donation above I know that this person will get the full amount I sent without any intermediaries skimming from it.
*At the end of the day yesterday I bought a single bitcoin back to replenish what I spent. I did this at Coinbase who charged me no fee to do so.
All in all it was a great day for Bitcoin and I am excited to watch all of this further transform the world in the next 10 years.
If merchants could offer even a very small discount for payments in Bitcoin I would be purchasing a lot more this way. This last 24 hours proved it to me.
Thank you to all that made it possible!
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[For Hire] Experienced Senior Software Engineer (Python, Java, Linux, GUI, web, scaling, Bitcoin)

I have some availability to take on extra work with a new client/employer.
Programming since childhood. Builder and problem-solver, one of the natural hacker types. Once a senior software engineer in Ops Arch staff at Orbitz, one of the largest travel e-commerce (and Java/Linux) websites in the world. Creator of what may have been the world's first Python-based original Rogue-like games/engines (Dead By Zombie, source in my GitHub repo.) Web/Internet dev since late 90's. Code contributor to the Electrum Bitcoin wallet project with some of my bug fixes in the public release. Love it if your project involves Bitcoin but not required.
English skills? Published book author (DSPR.) People skills? Once won a major Diplomacy tournament. I get things done and ship. Have a nasty bug? Need a rewrite or rescue? Just need a more senior guy to ride herd on your existing team of more juniooff-shore devs? Code reviews? Bootstrapping, architecture, prototyping? Love to help!
PM me here or email. Resume PDF online at: http://synisma.neocities.org/resume_Mike_Kramlich__Software_Engineer.pdf
thanks,
Mike
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[FORHIRE] Experienced Senior Software Engineer (Python, Java, Linux, Bitcoin)

I have some availability to take on extra work with a new client/employer.
Programming since childhood. Builder and problem-solver, one of the natural hacker types. Once a senior software engineer in Ops Arch staff at Orbitz, one of the largest travel e-commerce (and Java/Linux) websites in the world. Creator of what may have been the world's first Python-based original Rogue-like games/engines (Dead By Zombie, source in my GitHub repo.) Code contributor to the Electrum Bitcoin wallet project with some of my bug fixes in the public release. Love it if your project involves Bitcoin but not required.
English skills? Published book author (DSPR.) People skills? Once won a major Diplomacy tournament. I get things done and ship. Have a nasty bug? Need a rewrite or rescue? Just need a more senior guy to ride herd on your existing team of more juniooff-shore devs? Code reviews? Bootstrapping, architecture, prototyping? Love to help!
PM me here or email. Resume PDF online at:
http://synisma.neocities.org/resume_Mike_Kramlich__Software_Engineer.pdf
thanks,
Mike
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