The Internet also provides the online ticket reservation facility to purchase train tickets, bus tickets, airline tickets, movie tickets online. If you want to buy tickets online, you have to choose an e-ticket or i-ticket. An e-ticket (electronic ticket) is a paperless electronic document for tickets. It is especially used in the commercial aviation industry. Most airlines adopt this method.
Sending a ticket to someone by courier or post is an i-ticket. This avoids standing in line for hours and saves time. If the ticket is purchased online, it can also be canceled online. The following are some ticket-buying sites: IRCTC, redBus, Yatra.
In order to purchase tickets online, the user has to open an account at the initial agency or website. Personal information e.g. Name, e-mail address, etc.
Tickets can be purchased once a user account is created. The details page has to provide details like seating, landing place, date of travel, quota (if available), and class.
Once all these details are given a list of available trains or buses or planes appears. You can choose from this list at your convenience and check the availability of tickets. Details like route, ticket amount, etc. can also be obtained.
To purchase a ticket, one has to select the book ticket option and provide details of the name and proof of identity. Finally, the ticket amount has to be paid by credit or debit card. The e-ticket is sent to the e-mail account of the person concerned. A printout of this ticket can be taken as required.
If I-Ticket is selected, the ticket is sent to the concerned person at home. In summary, the steps to purchase a ticket are as follows:
- Create a user account
- fill in the travel details
- Check the availability of tickets
- Reserve tickets
- Pay the ticket amount
Tickets can also be made online. If the user has opened an account, there is an option to view all reserved tickets. From that, select the ticket to cancel and select the option to cancel the e-ticket.
To confirm the cancellation of the ticket, the identity card number with a photograph has to be given. Once given this number click on the OK button. The ticket is then canceled and the amount is credited to the person’s bank account. However, due to ticket cancellation, some amount is deducted.
The steps to cancel a ticket are as follows:
- Open your agency/service account.
- Select the ticket you want to cancel.
- Enter your photo ID number to confirm ticket cancellation.
- The amount will be credited to your bank account.
The advantage of buying tickets online is that when tickets are purchased online, there is a huge queue and congestion. So it saves time. Even if you lose the printout of the ticket, don’t worry. You can take as many printouts as you need.
There are also some disadvantages to buying tickets online. If the server has a problem, the ticket cannot be purchased on time or the ticket cannot be canceled. For that, we have to wait until this problem is solved. Another problem is that you need to have facilities like computers, internet facilities, and credit or debit card requirement.