Hello! I have a few questions about where we are in the negotiations with Renfe and a suggestion for a possible temporary fix.
I fly a lot for work and I am looking into ways of how to cut my carbon footprint by taking a train whenever I can. I've just interrailed all the way from London to Portugal and I have to say it was a pleasant breeze, up to the Spanish border. There, I run into plenty of troubles with seat reservations with Renfe, looks like they deliberately try to make it near impossible. I'm not going to bore you with the details here, I might make a separate post later just to ease the grudge and definitely drop Renfe some emails. Looking at other community posts, this seems to be a persistent issue.
I'm wondering what is the reason behind Renfe resistance to interrailers. What is the current state of negotiations between Interrail and Renfe?
Could we possibly come up with a temporary fix as the negotiations progress? Just to ease the pain a little. My suggestion would be to ask Renfe if Interrailers could reserve the tickets in advance at standard prices on their website, and then file a refund claim with Renfe supplying all supporting documents either before or after the journey? That way we could pay a lot in advance, then get a refund for the price difference.
I am well aware that's not going to work for everyone as their fees are quite expensive; rough on the wallet when you have a tight travel budget. Still, might help a few lost desperate souls ! A possible quick fix while the proper deal is in the making.