It's something that was always planned. Reaching Elite should have in game benefits and you don't have to be rich to be Elite.Why? Unnecessary move. Elites already have oceans of cash. Give different incentive/perk. For example more deferential police or pirates or anything.
It would be interesting to see if "the telemetry stuff that was removed from supercruise", solves this problem you experience.Any plans to fix the interdiction escape vector suddenly jumping to a new position (frequently off-screen), sometimes changing location several times, and sometimes even flickering back and forth between an on-screen and off-screen vector several times a second until your FSD fails because going sideways hurts your escape progress far quicker than going straight recovers it?