Our Payments, References and Refund Policy

India Someday Payments, References and Refunds

We request for a forty percent advance payment once we have secured your bookings for your trip and request for the balance amount to be paid to us ninety days prior to the start of your trip.
The reasons why we insist and need an advance payment are the following

As soon as we confirm your travel plan we book and pay for your
internal flights and trains and e-mail e-tickets to you.
We pay a hundred percent advance for all your hotels.
We pay a hundred percent advance for multi day car hires
In addition you are also paying us our booking and consultation fees
If your trip is starting within less than ninety days then we ask for a full advance payment once we have secured all your bookings.

How do we pay you? Do you accept cards or bank transfers?

Currently, we accept payments in through two modes
You can pay us via Paypal on our website

We also accept bank transfers to our company account. We will provide you the details at the time of payment.

Paypal v/s Bank Transfer?

From our guest’s point of view, Paypal seems to be more convenient as you can pay by card. And you do not necessarily need a Paypal account to make us a payment.

However, Paypal charges a transaction fee of four percent which is passed onto our guests. So for bigger payments bank transfer fees are lower than Paypal transaction fees.

The downside of bank transfers is that in most cases you need to visit your bank local branch to instruct the payment. This is not always the case, differs depending upon your bank.

India Someday is perfectly comfortable with receiving payments via Paypal or Bank Transfer

Are there any hidden costs?

Well, when you pay via Paypal or Bank Transfer the exchange rate would be slightly lower (about 2-3%) than prevailing market exchange rates.

This is always the case. Even if you were to exchange money at a bank you would get a rate lower than the market rate.

In addition with Paypal there is a four percent transaction fee. With a bank transfer the fees are levied by your home bank. This is fairly reasonable ranges between USD 30 – 50 (Euros 20 – 30). This can change bank to bank and depends on your bank.

We are slightly apprehensive; these are huge sums of money to a company that does not have a physical presence in our home country?

We completely understand our guests concerns. These are huge sums of money to trust a company half way across the world.

We always offer to connect our guests to a reference i.e. someone that has used our services previously. In most instances this would be someone from your country so you can e-mail or speak to them to get a word of reference on India Someday.

Also understand the reference; trust apart is a great way to also get inputs on ‘India Travel’ from a perspective similar to yours.

We probably have already offered to connect you to a reference. If not, just drop us a line and we will connect you to a reference.
Can we pay the hotels at check out or a part advance and part payment at check out?

We prefer to have our guests route the complete payment through us. There are a few reasons for the same.

Hotels prefer to block the rooms against a full advance payment. This is our working relationship with most hotels.

From our guest point of view, it can actually be quite bothersome to have to keep exchanging money at different instances to pay hotels. Only very upper end hotels will accept credit card payments.

Having said that, if you wish to have a part payment arrangement we can do the same. Please understand some hotels are very rigid about a hundred percent advance payment. So where ever possible we can arrange for a part payment set up. Please drop us a line if you prefer this arrangement.

Can we not pay the multi-day car hire directly?

This in fact can be done quite easily. The only reason why we take an advance payment is that we have had guests find it bothersome to withdraw money and pay the drivers in cash. Car hires have to be paid in cash.

We can easily change this arrangement to a full direct payment. Please drop us a line indicating the same.

We would prefer to book our internal flights on our own? Is that possible

Certainly, we can let you know which connections you should be booking and you can book these on your own.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Any cancellations forty five days prior to the start of your trip. Seventy – five days (if traveling between Dec 15 – Jan 15)
Hundred percent of all hotel payments will be refunded
Hundred percent for multiple day car hire will be refunded
Entire train and flight fares, minus cancellation fees charged by the airlines or the railways

We do not refund any of the consultation or booking fees
Cancellations less than forty-fives days or seventy-five days (if traveling between Dec 15 – Jan 15)
Hundred percent of all multiple day car hire will be refunded
Entire train and flight fares, minus cancellation fees charged by the airlines or the railways

Hotels refunds would depend hotel to hotel. As long has it is more than a fifteen day notice you can expect a fair share of the hotel payments to be refunded

We do not refund any of the consultation or booking fees

We refund the payments via Paypal or Bank Transfer depending on how you can have paid us. We do need three weeks to process the refund as we have to collect the refunds from respective hotels, airlines, railways and car hires.