What is the "Easy Access" passholder rate that's only offered with the France Rail Pass? How does it differ from a typical seat reservation?

France rail pass page mentions an "Easy Access seat reservation" (for France rail pass only)... How does this differ from a typical seat reservation?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) November 04, 2014 16:15
    Thank you for your question, Joe.

    The 'Easy Access' Passholder reservation is a special rate offered for when the regular Passholder rate has already sold out. The 'Easy Access' option is only offered for passengers traveling with a France Rail Pass and is also subject to availability. Since this rate is only offered when the regular Passholder rate is sold out, it is a higher amount (although still much lower than what would be a regular ticket cost). Therefore, the only difference lies in cost, as you would still be getting a 'reservation' with either option.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with when prompted.

    When you pull up the results of your search, you can verify the type of fare you're being quoted by clicking on the 'View' button for the prices shown and then referring to the options listed beneath 'Ticket Flexibility' in the box that will expand out underneath. The regular France Passholder fare would generally be labeled as 'TGV: French Day Train Passholder' or 'French Day Train Passholder', and the Easy Access France Passholder rate would generally be labeled as 'France Pass Easy Access'.

    Due to high demand, many routes in France can sell out quickly, so it would be recommended that reservations be purchased as soon as possible. Generally, trains in France can be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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