CheapAir.com, online travel agency, has announced it is no longer working with Coinbase to process its customers’ bitcoin payments. In Coinbase’s stead, the company has turned to BTCPayServer, an open-source bitcoin payment processor.
CheapAir had been partnered with Coinbase since early 2013, but this April, the digital currency exchange explained that it was shutting down its merchant platform. CheapAir began to look for a steady replacement.
The company wrote in a blog post that its affiliation with BTCPayServer largely stems from customer feedback that came during a time of great need.
Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir.com,says that the company has been working with BTCPayServer for about the past month following several customers’ suggestions. Klee states he’s thrilled with what BTCPay can do, and that he finds it “liberating” to not have to rely on third parties anymore, as CheapAir.com now has more control over the transaction process, leading to faster and more efficient payments.
CheapAir states that despite the problems it’s had with Coinbase, it will continue to accept digital currency payments as they are likely the future of finance.
Klee also hinted that while the company hasn’t made a firm decision just yet, they would be open to Lightning Network payments if customers showed interest.