wait---why does it appear that I can book a train???

#1 Feb 27th, 2012, 09:28
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OK, I was very curious about the IRCTC issue, so I tried to book a train from Delhi to Amritsar. (I had an IRCTC acct # from 2010)

I logged on and I was able to get all the way to the credit card information, where it appeared all I had to do was simply type in my American Express credit card information. So, why does it appear that I was able to do this?

If I did enter my credit card information, would the transaction have gone through?

And, why does IRCTC take Am Ex, but not any other non-Indian cards?
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Originally Posted by sam78a View Post OK, I was very curious about the IRCTC issue, so I tried to book a train from Delhi to Amritsar. (I had an IRCTC acct # from 2010)

I logged on and I was able to get all the way to the credit card information, where it appeared all I had to do was simply type in my American Express credit card information. So, why does it appear that I was able to do this?

If I did enter my credit card information, would the transaction have gone through?

And, why does IRCTC take Am Ex, but not any other non-Indian cards?
The transaction would NOT have gone through. I know because I also have an IRCTC account and until 2005 everything worked fine with my AMEX but since then, nada. It's an extremely annoying, stupid thing. Especially because they let you fill in all the details, show Amex as an option but when you hit the confirmation button, you'll get a 'payment gateway error' and have to start all over.
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does IRCTC accept any USA credit cards?
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does IRCTC accept any USA credit cards?
Don't know, I've given u on them, just go low-tech to the nearest station, fill in the form and purchase tickets. Obviously not an option for you. There are other sites that accept international cards but caveat emptor, if there's a problem with the transaction it might take some time to get it rectified/get your cash back. If you search the site you'll find them, not going to mention them as my experiences with their services haven't generally been positive.
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Originally Posted by dillichaat View Post There are other sites that accept international cards
At the moment, not that I'm aware of. (Or perhaps some of the you-know-who major travel organizations? Haven't heard of that option for quite some time.) ClearTrip does, but now requires you to register with IRCTC first...

The difference appears to be that reportedly IRCTC indeed accepts only Amex (for foreigners), whereas ClearTrip would then accept more cards.

Further details at http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...p-com-t159011/ and http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...phone-t154338/, two threads that Sam will be aware of.
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Originally Posted by dillichaat View Post There are other sites that accept international cards
Hmmmm......I'm also not aware of any other site that accepts international cards. I think that Makemytrip.com used to, but they don't accept international cards now. Yatra.com also doesn't take international cards. Cleartrip.com is the only one I'm aware of that does.
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Yes... One of those sites/companies that perhaps Dillichaat and I were reluctant to mention would be Thomas Cook, it has been reported in the past one could book trains through them.

As said, I've not seen anything pass by on it here for a long time, nor can I say anything about their conditions or level of service if you can.

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