The biggest perk to be made a Bethel Elder is the free trips across the country as a bethel speaker.
Also the ego stroke of being a table head or foot... effectively lording it over the lesser ones in the big house.
This has long been a controversial arrangment. One standard for congregational elders and another for bthel elders (superfine apostles was one reference I heard on occasion in this regard). I figured this would happen eventually. I am surprised it took this long but those making the policy change are also ...Bethel Elders. Kind of a vested interest.
Thsi was a logical step after they abolished the special approval process for bethelites getting appointed in a congregational role (MS or Elder). It used to be that your table head, home overseer or work overseer could veto a congregational recommendation for appointment.
That said, the title may be gone but the power hungry, position seeking, arrogance will continue.