Now, you can book train tickets on Amazon: Here's how
After buses, flights, and movies, Amazon is expanding into the train ticketing category. The Jeff Bezos-led retail giant has partnered with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) to let people in the country book tickets directly from the Amazon app. And, they are also offering some interesting benefits with the same. Here is more about it.
Available on mobile web and Android
Amazon has launched the train ticketing service, but the roll-out is moving in a phased manner. On a dedicated page for the service, the e-commerce giant notes that the facility is available only for people using Amazon's Android app or the company's mobile website. The iOS version will also get the feature 'soon', the company says, without quoting any timeline for the launch.
Several benefits for booking via Amazon
Highlighting the benefits of booking a train ticket through its platform, Amazon says that users will not have to pay any service or payment gateway charges (initially). Moreover, the passengers' information will be saved so they can quickly select their details while booking a general/tatkal quota ticket. There will also be the option of one-click payments and instant refunds using the Amazon Pay wallet.
Works just like other booking experiences on Amazon
To book a train ticket, just select the 'Trains' option in the Amazon Pay section and enter the source and destination stations with travel dates. Then, from the list of resulting trains, which can be sorted by timings, duration, availability, pick one, and select the class. From there, you just have to fill in IRCTC account, passenger details, and proceed to the payment page.
Cashback offers also available
More importantly, Amazon will also be running cashback offers over time to let you save more on your train journeys. To begin with, the company is offering Prime Members 12% cashback up to Rs. 120 on their first train ticket booking on Amazon. For non-Prime members, the cashback is 10% on the value of the first ticket and the upper limit is Rs. 100.