Aug 28, 2011 - 11:38 AM
Now that you mention these other towns + the Golden Pass, I think an 8-day Swiss Pass (day 1 to 8) would suit you plans well. It would also make it easier to have last minute changes without extra costs. As you'll be leaving quite soon, please mind the shipping times if you choose to purchase online. All details are on the Swiss Pass page I linked to earlier.
With a Swiss Pass, you don't need any tickets for the Golden Pass. Just hop on and off the trains as you like. Only if you select the "official" Golden Pass Panoramic train, you would need seat reservations
. With a Swiss Half Fare Card, you would need a reduced ticket for the leg you want to travel that day, and still you can hop on and off as much as you want.
I don't understand your question about signing up for a Visa card. Is that a requirement you read on another website?