Are OnePass Elite members now eligible for upgrades on Continental (CO) award tickets?

(HT: Continental Award Travel.jpg This thread on Flyertalk)

Back in June last year, UA Insider announced that Elite upgrade would be available on OnePass Reward flights albeit only for Presidential Plus and OnePass Plus cardmembers from the beginning of 2011. Later, the start date of this benefit was rumored to be moved to ‘mid 2011’.

Last week, Flyertalk user johnnie.walker posted on the Flyertalk thread that according to CO reps, the benefit has already gone into effect from April 1, 2011. I had called up CO and was told the same thing. However, yesterday two users have reported on Flyertalk that they have got upgrades on award tickets. Does anybody else have any experience?

If this is true, it is great news as Elite upgrades on award tickets are now available only on Delta. Nevertheless, with the upcoming merger, I am not sure how long will this benefit exist even if it has been in effect since April 1.

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