Pay for sleeper - travel in AC

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?




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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?

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December 8, 2013 at 5:14 AM ×

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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K Mokshanand
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March 8, 2015 at 4:50 AM ×

i got it , thanx to indian rail

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September 29, 2015 at 5:22 PM ×

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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anup goswami
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October 26, 2015 at 10:47 AM ×

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

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December 14, 2015 at 10:56 PM ×

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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January 31, 2016 at 3:38 AM ×

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

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August 9, 2016 at 8:48 AM ×

yes all the mail express

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August 9, 2016 at 8:48 AM ×

yes all the mail express

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September 30, 2016 at 4:01 AM ×

How do you know if you get auto-upgradation?

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October 3, 2016 at 8:08 AM ×

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

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October 3, 2016 at 8:09 AM ×

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

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madhu kiran
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November 18, 2016 at 8:46 AM ×

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

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November 26, 2016 at 4:40 AM ×

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

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