New regulations on Cleartrip.com February 2012

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#1 Feb 24th, 2012, 16:03
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Yesterday I've booked some trains at cleartrip.com
Was a bit dreary as the system was overburdened, but worked.

Today I wanted to book another train but I am not allowed any more.
If you are getting to the booking page cleartrip now says:
"Sign in or register for an IRCTC account to activate it"
They provide a registration form, which works so far.
After this they send you an e-mail activation code AND a
sms-activation code. But my austrian mobile-number is not accepted.

What to do?
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#2 Feb 24th, 2012, 18:31
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I'm in the same boat.

Here is their blog post on the changes;

http://blog.cleartrip.com/2012/02/24...ith-cleartrip/

I'm stumped also. I registered, however the email 'activation' link was in fact just plaintext. It appears you also need to have an indian mobile number to fully activate.

Can anyone help?

--Edit

It looks like they won't be budging. Can anyone recommend another ticket purchasing website that avoids the indian mobile activation?
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Thanks for the link to the blog.
I'm so glad, that I've booked most of my trains yesterday.

Question: Would anybody of our indian friends here at IndiaMike.com be so kind to "borrow" me his or her mobile number? Please answer by PN. It will only be used for this registration process. No further need. Just mail me after this the SMS-code.
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New Email I received from MMT -

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Dear Customer,

IRCTC has introduced a one-time user registration process to prevent fraud bookings. We request our customers to take out 30 secs of their time to complete this simple ONE-TIME registration process to enjoy a hassle-free rail booking experience at MakeMyTrip.
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Has this really been thought through?

Was this a conscious decision to allow only Indians to purchase rail tickets or is it a case of IT infrastructures & processes being in the dark ages?

I've emailed IRCTC so will report back on what they say.

-Edit

Here's more comments on cleartrip's forum http://www.cleartrip.com/forums/43/topics/44713 Including an email response from CT.

I've also tweeted at IRCTC & CT. Hope it all gets sorted soon.
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I've just posted in their forum asking for an informal e-mail once this issue is solved.
http://www.cleartrip.com/forums/43/t...=1#posts-75754
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You just couldn't make this stuff up.
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Although I'm no fan of cleartrip, this time it's not their fault, the touts are to blame, whatever system is put in place, they find a way around it.

I must comment.....it's now easier for a tout to buy a train ticket than a foreign tourist.

I may soon consider moving to Delhi and selling Indian Railway tickets to foreign tourists.
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post Although I'm no fan of cleartrip, this time it's not their fault, the touts are to blame
I agree. They're just having to conform to a mandate from IRCTC.

It seems like IRCTC have dropped the ball on this one.

Luckily I have booked 90% of my trains yesterday but I'm still missing my Goa - Mumbai train at the end of April, here's hoping I can pick one up when I arrive in Goa
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Oh bu99er! Just when I was getting to really like India.
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Seat 61, the best source for traintravel, has updated too:
http://www.seat61.com/India.htm
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Steven, I'm hoping you are still online. I'm not sure whether or not to book my train tickets. one says "available 1" and the other is waitlisted (WL2 or WL3)or WL/available. What exactly does WL/ available mean. Would you take a chance on booking these. My friend and I aren't sure what to do if all trains are booked...how does one plan their itinerary??please help...starting to freak out!!
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Originally Posted by dredog View Post Steven, I'm hoping you are still online. I'm not sure whether or not to book my train tickets. one says "available 1" and the other is waitlisted (WL2 or WL3)or WL/available. What exactly does WL/ available mean. Would you take a chance on booking these. My friend and I aren't sure what to do if all trains are booked...how does one plan their itinerary??please help...starting to freak out!!
Your post seems to fit better into this thread:
http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...e-only-t56727/
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Originally Posted by dredog View Post Steven, I'm hoping you are still online. I'm not sure whether or not to book my train tickets. one says "available 1" and the other is waitlisted (WL2 or WL3)or WL/available. What exactly does WL/ available mean. Would you take a chance on booking these. My friend and I aren't sure what to do if all trains are booked...how does one plan their itinerary??please help...starting to freak out!!
WL/available means a waitlist was started, but because of cancellations, there are now confirmed tickets available. (could be 1, could be more)

You can't book on cleartrip now (just changed today), unless you register with IRCTC first, and you need an Indian mobile number to register, but there is a way around this, a long way.
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I had a long and loving relationship with irctc. Then came the day they decided that my mobile number (mine since 2004) did not belong to me, despite the fact they even printed it on my tickets! I am now locked out of my account, and support are not interested.

Funnily enough, I tried to give Cleartrip a chance only a couple of days ago. It just did not work out, and we bought the tickets through an agent, as they were WL-ed already.

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Originally Posted by AndreasP Question: Would anybody of our indian friends here at IndiaMike.com be so kind to "borrow" me his or her mobile number? Please answer by PN. It will only be used for this registration process. No further need. Just mail me after this the SMS-code.
I'm afraid that they would be well advised not to. A number can be used only once, for one account.

Well, we have an obvious solution: open a new account in my wife's name, with her mobile number. It's hardly as simple for those booking from abroad though. What can these people be thinking? Probably, that income from tourists booking tickets is such an insignificant part of the whole, that they don't give a toss about that market sector
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