United is making some changes to their pass travel policy starting next year. In case you don't know, there are different types of pass riders as far as United goes. There are "eligible" pass riders (an employee's parents, spouses, children and siblings) and "regular" pass riders, which is everyone else. Starting January 5th, regular pass riders will not be allowed to travel outside of the 48 contiguous United States unless they're accompanied by an employee or an eligible pass rider. This is a huge change from the current setup where regular pass riders can go anywhere on their own. The other change is starting in February, where all regular pass riders will need to be registered and "certified" at least 72 hours prior to travel. The registration and certification process is how an employee designates who is allowed to use passes for travel. You use the website to add people and classify them into their different "buckets" (siblings, parents, etc). For siblings the certification process even includes submitting a copy of a birth certificate, etc. This doesn't sound like too bad of a change for United employees that are not abusing the system, as chances are that the list goes unchanged year to year. It does seem like United is trying to clamp down on people that are selling passes or handing them off to strangers though, which is a good thing in my book.