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Renfe Train Ticket Buying Success! (Paypal)

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Yay! I successfully purchased 3 sets of tickets for October from the main Renfe website using Paypal.

Reading about past payment difficulties with a USA-based credit card (most of which is before the relatively new Paypal option), I have been so dreading this task, I kept putting it off.

So, I wanted to share my success!

First, I added the credit card I wanted to use, one with no foreign exchange fees, to my Paypal account. I rarely use Paypal, but had an account and it was very easy to add the new credit card.

Secondly, I created a Renfe account as suggested by various tutorials and input my information/passport. Then, I added my husband as a frequent travel companion and added his information/passport. Each time I signed in to the Renfe homepage my info was there and when I selected the option to buy 2 tickets, I could select his name as the second ticket holder by scrolling down. His info was there and it auto-filled so I didn't have to re-enter any info.

In addition to printing the tickets (the last step), I selected the option to send an email to "passbook." Check the special box on the page where you print the tickets, provide e-mail address and then send the email, once you get the email you open it and click on "Descargar Passbook" and add it to passbook. I've never used this iPhone feature before - iPhone PassBook - so I have a backup in addition to the paper tickets. The conductor could scan the ticket off my iphone -- assuming I don't lose my phone and the battery isn't dead. :) (There was also Pass Wallet for android phones.) I'm sure many people use this regularly, it was just new to me.

On one set of tickets, I forgot to check the box where I could pick seats (it was a Fully Flexible ticket), so it picked the seats for me. Other than that, it wasn't as painful as I had anticipated.

Good luck to anyone else.

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