If you are looking for the most affordable yet comfortable mode of transport, railways are the answer for you. But equally inconvenient is to get a confirmed railway ticket for your travel to the dream destination or return to your sweet home during the holidays. But when there is a will, there is a way.
That is why I am here with a few tricks that you can apply during the booking process for getting the confirmed ticket to your destination. I am expecting, that you book e-tickets, or online tickets, as the tricks will be applicable there only. Furthermore, some tricks can also help you get confirmed Tatkal tickets, not just for you, but for your whole family while traveling.
So, without any further delay, let’s get started with the tricks that you can apply while booking railway tickets to get a confirmed railway ticket, on IRCTC, or non-IRCTC platforms.
Tweak the source and destination stations
Well, this is one of the easiest ways to get a confirmed railway ticket. Just tweak your source or destination stations a bit, say one or two stations before or after the original source and destination stations. In a few cases, you may have to pay a little extra or a little less, but this can increase the chances of getting a confirmed railway ticket.
You will have to travel a little extra to reach the boarding station, or after reaching the destination station, but that will be worth it if you are looking for a confirmed ticket. Furthermore, you can also change the boarding point, if your preferred boarding point is located after the chosen source station during the booking process, completely free of cost.
Break the journey into multiple parts
Well, this can seem inconvenient at first glance, but, I am not talking about changing the train altogether. You can simply, break the journey into, say 2 or 3 parts in most cases, within the same train, and that will increase the chance of getting a confirmed ticket. However, this can only be useful, if you are traveling a relatively long distance within the train, and there are a few big stations en route.
If you are still getting waiting or RAC tickets, you can try changing the class, however, not everybody might be comfortable with that, but that is a way. You may have to end up paying a relatively higher fare, but, if getting a confirmed railway ticket is your priority, try this way. The chances of getting a confirmed railway ticket this way are far more than the first way that I discussed.
Save your and other passenger’s details on IRCTC
After you enter all the journey details, and everything, you have to enter the passenger details, which is time-taking. If there are multiple passengers, you have to type in the details of every passenger, which kills precious time while booking tickets, even if you are a pro-typist. So, what you can do is, save the details on IRCTC, and that way you can save precious time while booking railway tickets.
Here’s how you can save passenger details on the IRCTC website to almost skip entering them at the time of booking, and check out directly, to increase your chances of getting a confirmed railway ticket. This process can be of great use in all situations, and especially when you are booking Tatkal tickets for yourself and all your family members.
Use a simpler payment method to checkout
When you use the IRCTC Rail Connect app, or you are on the IRCTC website, there are several payment methods to check out. This can be of great use for a few users, but confusing for most others. So, better try the simplest payment method. If you use your Credit/Debit card or UPI for payments, go with the first option that says IRCTC iPay.
You can obviously use other methods if you are familiar with such methods already, but don’t take a chance during the final booking process, if everything that you are looking for, is a confirmed railway ticket. While booking on a non-IRCTC platform, say on Amazon or Paytm, the fare will be deducted from the payment methods stored on that platform, which most people are already familiar with. So, for faster checkout, don’t hesitate to use non-IRCTC platforms.
Well, those were some ways that can help you get a confirmed railway ticket. You should keep and try to apply all the tricks I mentioned here, and that should fetch a confirmed railway ticket. However, there is no guarantee that you will still get a confirmed ticket, as you can never know the exact number of passengers who are willing to travel on the same route. But all the tricks will definitely increase the chances of getting a confirmed ticket. I got a confirmed ticket in 9 out of 10 cases, applying even a few of the tricks above.
Do you still have any other great trick to get a confirmed railway ticket? Feel free to comment on the same below.