Not everyone has a credit card and in many countries, credit cards are the only way to use PayPal. So for a large percentage of the world’s population, the two most common payment methods are not an option. And if none of our other, quite Europe-centric payment options is available in your country, you’re out of luck.
For this reason I’ve added a new payment method today: Bitcoin. If you’ve never heard of it, Wikipedia has you covered. In short, it is a decentralized, cryptographic currency. And because it is more or less unregulated in most parts of the world, it is truly international. Chances are that wherever you are, someone or some company trades Bitcoin for your local currency and using local payment methods. This way, you can buy Bitcoin and then use it to pay for your AirlineSim credits.
Of course I haven’t built the whole integration of the Bitcoin network into our systems myself. We’re using Coinbase as our payment provider. They also offer an online Wallet that you can use to get started with Bitcoin yourself, but you don’t have to use it. Coinbase works with any Wallet out there.
I see this new payment method as experiment for now, both technically as well as commercially. If you come across any problems or have questions concerning Bitcoin and the way we integrate it, just let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.