Indian Railways is the largest railway system in the world. As a mark of privilege for the passengers who travel on a regular basis in the Ac compartment s of the Indian Railways you are entitled for a free ticket or for concession on tickets under the IRCTC Shubh Yatra scheme.
A loyalty program called as SOFT (Scheme for frequent travelers) and also known as the Shubh yatra Scheme entitles frequent Ac class Travelers to loyalty points each time a ticket is booked through IRCTC online. Once you area proud owner of accumulated 500 points in your account loyalty points can be redeemed for free or concessions can be attained for the same.
Under this scheme, if the travel dates fall between April 1 to July 14 and September 16 to January 14, you will earn 4 points on every 100 rupees you have spent for the train ticket. If at all your travel dates fall on January 15 to March 31st and from July 15 to September 15, you are entitled for 10 points for every 100 rupees that you spent to buy a train ticket.
Firstly, you strictly need to book your tickets only at www.irctc.co.in . You need to get yourself registered at IRCTC to apply for Shubh Yatra. Tickets have to be booked only in AC class, except 3-tier AC coaches. Initial membership fee and renewal fee has to be paid to avail the Shubh Yatra facility.
You have to be a traveling member to avail the facility of Shubh Yatra and you can redeem Railway points for your individual fare only Your points get credited to your account after a period of 5 days provided you have not cancelled your tickets.
The loyalty points on your card are valid for a period of 3 yrs from the date of your registration with IRCTC. However, if you fail to renew your membership you lose out on the loyalty points you had collected till date.