Well, it’s official. Continental and United are now offering full reciprocity for their elites when it comes to upgrades and premium seating. Continental elites get access to Economy Plus, while United elites get access to exit rows and “preferred seating” (the first few rows of coach) on Continental. On the upgrade front, there’s full reciprocity. As a 1K you (theoretically) clear 120 hours out. It’s kind of funny that you clear earlier on Continental than on United (only 100 hours) as a 1K.
Anyway, this is pretty good news. It will definitely make my trips to New York a bit more comfortable.