Large discrepancy in prices between dates

We have already purchased our eurail global passes for 1 adult and 1 youth. One of our planned trips is from Milan (where we will be staying) and Brig, Switzerland. I'm noticing a couple of issues when I look to book seat reservations only for our planned date of travel, June 9th.

1. I noticed that there is a very large discrepancy in price between June 9th and the same day of the week 2 weeks earlier, May 26th. May 26th would cost us 13 per person each way, whereas June 9th would be costing us 45 per person each way. Is there any reason for the large discrepancy? If it's simply a timing issue, I dont mind waiting a bit longer for the prices to drop.

2. Booking with my eurail passes is making the tickets more expensive. As stated before, June 9th the seat reservations would cost us 90 total each way, but when I unchecked the "I have a pass" box, the prices dropped to 73 total. Any reason for this?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 12, 2019 15:34
    Hi Jessica,

    What you're getting is regular ticket costs. The $13-$15 amount you're seeing is more representative of passholder reservation costs for a train from Milan to Brig (EuroCity trains). The higher amounts you're seeing are regular tickets. The reason you're not seeing the passholder reservation costs for June 9th is because they have not yet been opened up to book for dates beyond May. I would expect them to make their passholder reservations available to book at some point within the next few weeks. I would recommend checking our website periodically until you see the reservations as being more in the range of $13-$15 per person for your actual travel date.

    Reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass. If you were to purchase regular point-to-point tickets (instead of a rail pass), the value of any necessary reservations would still be considered/embedded into those costs. Therefore, a rail pass can still work out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe. It depends on the itinerary.

    Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains. Direct trains from Milan to Brig do require reservations.

    For trains do that do not accept reservations, you would just hop on and show your pass, and there would be no additional cost.
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  • Thank you so much! I will be keeping an eye out for the lower costs.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 12, 2019 16:00
      You're welcome, Jessica. If you keep seeing those higher costs for trains from Milan to Brig, definitely let us know, because you do not want to pay that amount if you'll have a rail pass. Ticket costs are exactly what the rail pass is supposed to cover, that's the whole objective. Also, let us know if you encounter anything similar with any other trains.
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