Free Repairs and Backups Weirdness

Grinding the current history pages from stock, and I noticed that when respawning, it is using up “free repairs” instead of backups. Is this a change? I thought that you could use backups instead of free repairs, even when you still had some. Like, if you (had points too) respawn, you could if you had backups, but it seems like its expending free repairs until they were spent, then it is socked with repair costs, without applying the backups.
Did they change the rules and I didn’t notice?