I'm trying to buy AVE tickets from Barca to Madrid in mid-Oct. I've used all the suggestions on this site and the lengthy one on TripAdvisor--buy one at a time, only 9 digit phone numbers, different times of day, etc. etc. I tried Safari and Firefox on the Mac. I even went to the neighbors to use Internet Explorer on Windows. Aargh! Failure every time. I telephoned Renfe and learned that the website is only for credit cards issued by a Spanish bank. But some of you have had success! How?
I'm looking for more ideas because buying over there (the suggestion I got from one Renfe agent) at the regular price is more than twice the web price. I have both Visa and AmEx.