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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Pay for sleeper - travel in AC


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Do you know that while you book a reservation ticket, by choosing the option of "Auto-upgradation"  you can travel in higher class without paying any extra fee?




photo: flickr peter dristedt


What is auto-upgradation?
It is a feature of railway reservation system where people from lower classes like the sleeper would get an accommodation in higher class in case there are vacant seats.


The hierarchy of the classes is as follows:
in Mail/express trains > 2nd Sitting > Sleeper  > 3AC >  2AC  > 1AC
In Shatabdi etc           > 2nd sitting > AC chair car >  Executive car

 This is not a very uncommon trick, but very few people use it. May be because it does not work most of the times. Especially during high season time there are no vacant seats available.


Here are some situations where it will have high chances to work:
  • This trick has a high chance to work mostly in short route intercity trains. AC compartments and coaches do not have enough bookings. They go empty several times. For example, Ajmer to Jaipur inter-city express rarely have any bookings and hence a chance of getting a ticket auto - upgraded very high.
  • If you are traveling in off-season then also chances of getting a high class free upgradation is very high!

How to apply for auto-upgradation ?

  • While filling a railway ticket booking form make sure you write YES on the option of auto-up gradation option:


  • If you are booking an online ticket. You must click at [ ] consider for auto up-gradation while filling passenger details on the bookings page.



So have you ever used this free gift from railway? Or did you know about it?

20 comments:

  1. do all trains have auto upgrade scheme?
    or only a limited trains have this system.?
    if yes what kind of trains support this........... ?

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  2. hi, guys i get it in amrapali exp 15708, 3ac to 2ac on 30 .09.2015 .
    a very thanks to indian railway..............

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  3. i got it, dated 24.10.2015 from puri - sdah duranta exp. 22202.thanks indian railways.

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  4. i got it from DBG to NDLS from 02 AC to 01 AC Thanks to Indian Railways
    Name:Md. Sharique Reza
    dated:15th Dec'15

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  5. Yes . I also got this ..thanks to Indian railways...

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  6. How do you know if you get auto-upgradation?

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  7. with my grandma i traveled from tnku to sbc in 17210 in 3ac with sleeper ticket

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  8. with my grandma i traveled from tnku to sbc in 17210 in 3ac with sleeper ticket

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  9. I too got it..thanks IR.
    for ur awesome idea...

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  10. I got it today from varanasi to kolkata train 13168. Thank you, Indian railways

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  11. I got my reservation upgraded from sleeper class to 3ac travelling from Chennai to Patna.
    Thanks a lot to indian railways.

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  12. How can I know that my ticket become upgrade is any message receive by Railway that your ticket is upgrade? Explain it

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  13. I BOOKED A TICKET FOR MY FRIEND FROM CHENNAI TO KAKINADA IN SLEEPER CLASS...HER TICKET UPGRADED TO 2A AC CLASS....THANKS TO INDIAN RAILWAYS

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  14. Fortunately I am upgraded to 2AC from sleeper in Punjab Mail

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  15. Hi guys I also got upgrades from Sleeper to 3AC in train no 12980 Ajmer Siyaldah express on 21 jul 17,,thanks to indian railways

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  16. How to apply this preference in already online booked ticked

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