Jan 10, 2016 - 8:48 AM
Hi and welcome to MySwissAlps!
The procedure of ordering a Swiss Travel Pass Flex is a bit different for each retailer, but in general I can say that none of them forces you to pick a fixed first travel day. If they ask for a date that will either be the date you can use as a first travel date (but don't have to), or it's just their standard procedure to ask for a date but they don't use it at all. Sometimes they just use it to make sure you receive your pass in time. In your case it makes sense to pick May 13, unless you stay for longer than a month because the pass is valid for up to one month.
Again in general: if there's a date printed on the pass you receive that would be the first day you can use the pass, but it can be later as well as long as you complete all traveling within a month from that date. If there's no date on the pass you need to activate it at a Swiss rail station within 6 months of purchase. From that point in, it will be valid for a month. In any case you'll find 8 blank fields on your pass to fill out your desired travel dates.
The Swiss Travel Pass Flex will be physically shipped to you; it's not a print at home pass. Print at home passes do have fixed travel dates printed on them.
It's unfortunate that retailers don't explain this in detail, but this is the latest information I have. I hope it's useful!
Please see myswissalps.com/ swisstravelpassflex for further details, and myswissalps.com/ swisstravelpassflex/ price specifically for a list of the best retailers. Price wise, rail.statravel.com/87d 0-swiss-flexi-pass makes sense since you live in the US, but you can take a look at the list.
Last modified on Jan 10, 2016 - 8:54 AM by Arno