A few months ago, we returned to Windows Phone with the promise of more to come. Today, we’re glad to report that we’ve kept that promise. In the last few weeks, we have added Hotels and Trains to Cleartrip for Windows Phone. Cleartrip is now the most comprehensive travel app on Windows Phone, where users can book domestic or international flights, hotels across the globe, and train tickets for Indian Railways.
The best train booking experience on mobile is now available on Windows Phone. Users can search for trains between any two stations, check availability, and book train tickets using the Cleartrip app. What’s more, there are ZERO additional Cleartrip fees for booking train tickets from our apps.
Syncing Cleartrip and IRCTC accounts
In compliance with guidelines issued by IRCTC, a one-time sync is required to connect your Cleartrip and IRCTC accounts before you can make train bookings with us. If you haven’t synced your accounts already, you can sync them from within the app (as a fair warning, we’d like to add that this step can sometimes take a while or fail due to communication problems with IRCTC’s servers).
Note that due to restrictions imposed by IRCTC, train availability check and booking facilities are not available between 0800—1200 hrs IST and again between 2330–0030 hrs IST everyday. Tatkal tickets are available from within the app, but only after 12 noon.
Train Calendar and Live Train Status
We’ve also introduced the Train Calendar and Live Train Status features in the Windows Phone app. The Trains Calendar can show you the availability for all trains between any two stations for the next two weeks, for a given class. Live Train Status works as advertised: you can check the running status of any train, right from the Cleartrip app.
With the introduction of Hotels in the app, hotels in more than 15,000 cities across the world are now in your pocket. The hotel search supports search by specific cities, landmarks, locations and even hotel names. We’ve got some amazing last-minute deals on same-day and next-day check-ins.
Search results come up in a convenient list view, that shows you just what you need to pick a hotel. Hotels in the results can be easily sorted and filtered by a variety of parameters, so you can fine-tune the results to find just the right hotel for you. We’ve also got a bunch of hotels with free cancellation – so you don’t have to pay anything in case your plans change.
Tapping a hotel name will bring you to an overview screen for that hotel, designed to give you the most relevant information at a glance. You can swipe horizontally to view more details about the hotel, including photos, location, hotel info, TripAdvisor reviews, etc.
As we said before, we’re committed to the Windows Phone platform, and we’ve got more updates coming. Meanwhile, do take the latest version for a spin, and send us your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.