Last year Continental introduced systemwide upgrades for those that earned more than 100,000 elite qualifying miles per year. For passing that level they offered four systemwide upgrades, which is less than the six upgrades United offers, though there were no fare restrictions (unlike United, which required at least a “W” fare). Well, it appears they will now be changing the terms of their systemwide upgrades to align more closely with United.
According to continental.com, newly issued Continental systemwide upgrades will not be valid on S, T, K, L, or G fares. Furthermore, you can now earn an unlimited number of systemwide upgrades, since you get two more for every 50,000 elite qualifying miles or 60 elite qualifying segments you earn. You now get six (instead of four) for passing 100,000 elite qualifying miles.
So I guess that answers the question as to whether there will be fare restrictions on systemwide upgrades at the “new” United.