There is a discussion (getting buried) over at FT on this. For years, elites flying with other elites would inherit the highest elite status for upgrades. As a CP, my wife (gold) and daughter (silver) often would get upgraded at the seven day window. I have a trip on an RJ coming up with my wife and daughter. We cleared the outbound upgrade. Then I get an email 8 days out of the return with language I've never seen before: "Complimentary upgrade not offered." In the past if I didn't clear the upgrade due to space the text would be "No upgrades available." I called the CP line and was told that there would be no upgrade because I had too many people on my itinerary. So if it is a change, it is an unannounced change to the benefits.