Tuesday, May 23, 2017

USSD BASED RAILWAY RESERVATION WITHOUT INTERNET USING AIRTEL MONEY

Advantages Of USSD Based Train Reservation

  • No need of internet, computer or electricity for USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) based train ticket booking as primarily it is booking through SMS. This makes it very advantageous for rural areas where such facilities are generally not available.
  • Since there is no requirement of internet throughout the ticket booking process, therefore smart phones are not required and hence most entry level phones can be used as only SMS facility is required which is available on most of the phones.
  • Mobile phones are more affordable for common people than computers and internet.
  • No need to stand in long queues for booking train tickets.
  • The booking process is very simple as it interactive and menu guided.
  • No need to have debit / credit cards.
  • Booking process shows quick response time.

Essential Requirement: 

To start with, you must be registered with IRCTC. During registration, login ID and password will be created for IRCTC. This can be done either by visiting www.irctc.co.in and creating a valid user account or by sending SMS to 139. The process is explained below.

1. Send SMS to 139 in the following format.


REG [First Name] [Last Name] [Date of Birth DDMMYY]
For example REG Rajesh Kumar 140490

2. You will receive a response SMS from 139 similar to one given below.

Thank you for registration request. Your registered Username is sc201749.

3. To receive activate this account, send one more SMS to 139 in the following format.

REGCODE [TPIN]

For example, REGCODE 5381 
Please note that TPIN number is to be decided by the customer.

4. You will receive a response SMS from 139 similar to one given below.

You have been successfully registered with IRCTC. Your user id is kp285749 and password is 4893. You can use this ID for ticket booking and also for login to www.irctc.co.in. Thank you for using SMS 139 services.

Another requirement is that you should have a mobile with Airtel connection and it should be registered with IRCTC. 

Booking Train Ticket Through AIRTEL MONEY


To book train ticket using Airtel Money, you should make a registration at Airtel website. For this, you may visit Airtel website. A part of the screen which follows is shown below.

Airtel Money Registration

As it is obvious from above screen, you have to enter your Airtel mobile number, first name, last name, email ID, date of birth and 4 digit mPIN number chosen by you for getting registered with Airtel Money. The 4 digit mPIN is nothing but a security password just like a ATM pin.

The next step is depositing money in your Airtel Money account. This can be done either through internet using Net Banking, Credit Card, Debit / Maestro Card or by visiting authorized Airtel Money outlets. To locate Airtel Money outlets, SMS OUTLET <PINCODE> to 121.

Now, you can make railway reservation. For this, dial *400# from your registered Airtel mobile. From the screen of your mobile, select "Book Tickets" and then "Rail Booking" options. Choose 'Reservation" if you don't know the trains otherwise select "Easybook" if you know the train number. Follow the remaining instructions to enter the other journey details such as starting station, destination station, passenger details, journey date and class to complete the booking.

The following points should be kept in mind while booking a ticket through Airtel Money.
  • You can make PNR enquiry, search train, check seat availability and cancel tickets through Airtel Money Portal (AMP).
  • You cannot book Tatkal tickets through AMP.
  • Your handset should support USSD service otherwise you may not be able to use all the features of AMP.
  • IRCTC train reservation service can not be availed through AMP from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. It is also not available from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. for every one. However, Check PNR and Cancellation services are available 24 hours.
  • You can book maximum of 6 adult passengers and 2 child passengers per rail ticket on one PNR. Please note that no ticket will be issued for child passengers. The age of child passengers should be less than 5 years.
  • To claim refund due to certain reasons, passengers have to file TDR (Ticket Deposit Receipt). The reasons are given below.
          a. Train Cancelled By Railways and Passenger Not Travelled.
          b. Train running Late by More than Three hours.
          c. AC Failure
          d. Travelled without proper ID proof
          e. Wrongly charged by TTE
          f. Party partially travelled
          g. Passenger Not travelled
  • TDR should be filed within 30 days of departure of train.
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