Unsure about what use of the Heathrow Transfer travel day means

We plan to buy a Brit Rail England Pass. Information says that the Heathrow Express (use of these transfers does require a travel day on your pass) Does that mean that if we travel from Swindon to Paddington and then immediately board the Heathrow Express that we need an ADDITIONAL day on our passes? Or does the travel day fro Swindon to Paddington to Heathrow count as one day?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 28, 2017 15:19
    Hi Linda,

    If you take the Heathrow Express to the airport on the same day as your train from Swindon to London, that would only count as 1 'travel day' on a pass.

    Rail passes can be offered in two different formats: 'consecutive' ('continuous') and 'flexi'. The BritRail England Pass is offered for both of these formats.

    Consecutive just means that you would be allowed unlimited travel within the indicated time frame. Therefore, if you were to purchase a 4 day 'consecutive' pass, that means you would be entitled to unlimited travel within that time frame of 4 days.

    In contrast, a 'flexipass' allows for a set number of travel days that must be completed within a longer time frame (generally, that longer time frame is 1 month or 2 months, depending on the pass). 'Travel days' on a 'flexipass' refer to how many separate days you plan on using your rail pass. A ‘travel day’ is a 24-hour period from midnight to midnight. You may take as many trains as you wish during the 24-hour time frame and still only use one day of travel on a pass. For instance, if you were take a day train from 'city A' to 'city B' (Swindon to London) and then take a connecting train to 'city C' (Heathrow) on the same day, then you would only use up one day of travel on your rail pass. In contrast, if you were to take that connecting train to 'city C' (Heathrow) on the next day, that would constitute 2 days of rail travel on your pass.

    'Travel days' are not applicable to the 'consecutive' passes, since these are for unlimited travel within the time frame allowed.

    For the BritRail England Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticke....
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