My group of 4 is planning on purchasing Eurail Passes for the following days: Sept. 14- 18th 2014 (5 day passes just in case). Before we complete the purchase online for the eurail pass, we have the following two questions:
1.) If we purchase the Eurail Passes today (June 25, 2014), will they expire? Or do the Eurail Passes become valid as of the date we set as the "departure date" during the checkout process?
2.) How far in advance can we purchase seat reservations online for our destinations? Do we have to wait for the Eurail Pass to come in the mail or can we start booking our seats as soon as we purchase the Eurail Pass online?