You would think a last-minute aircraft upgrade from a 757-300 (24 first class seats) with a 767-400 (36 business class seats) would bode well for my Continental upgrade chances on a Wednesday midday flight.
But this is Continental we're talking about. As I was checking in today, upgrades were actively being hawked for very little $ on the airport check-in kiosks.
Take a look (for both my LAX-IAH and IAH-LGA flights today):
Sure, I was on a lowball T-fare, but I do supposedly hold top-tier status with them and the ticket still cost $280. Maybe there are just too many Plats...
I'm really worried this upgrade policy (prioritize Y and B fares over status and try to sell upgrades for as cheap as possible to anyone willing to buy them at the airport) may soon come to United.