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Oyster Card/Travel Card for 7-Day Stay in London

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Hello! After reading through many of the threads on oyster cards and travel passes...I just want to doublecheck with an expert :-) For the below itinerary:

Arriving Heathrow on a Wed at 7:30 am
Taking tube from airport to South Kensington
Staying 7 nights in S. Kensington
Taking tube back to Heathrow at 3:00 pm the following Wednesday (from S. Kensington)
Planning to take the Tube around the city during my stay--Zones 1&2
May take a trip to Oxford one day

So would it be best to buy a 7-day Travelcard for Zones 1& 2 and get it put on an easier-to-use oystercard at the airport when I arrive and ask the person to put an "extension"? (is that the right term?) on it for the trip to and from Heathrow? Two extensions? How would it work since I will actually be using the tube 8 days...Do the Heathrow rides count on the 7-day pass or is that what the extension is? (Though on the last day of my stay I will only be riding out to Heathrow from South Kensington, not running around the city.) Someone had mentioned not activating the card until the day after I arrive to keep the 7 days in tact…And for the Oxford trip, I would just buy a round trip ticket at the Paddington Station? Do I need a seat reservation for that or just show up and purchase the ticket?

Any suggestions/opinioned welcomed!






Thanks in advance for any advice/opinion!

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