Free Gold weekend

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Porcupine
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Re: Free Gold weekend

Postby Porcupine » 15 Nov 2017, 14:36

As has been the case for the last few years, there is a $1 for a month of gold offer in November. However this time it's a bit earlier than usual, so for just today we can still get the first free Gold game in November, which is Nights into Dreams. It's always been a good game each year but frustratingly timed to end just before the sale.

People who use this offer, don't forget to cancel your subscription immediately afterwards to avoid being charged extra later on.

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Re: Free Gold weekend

Postby Porcupine » 27 Dec 2017, 16:50

There's another $1 month of gold offer on the dashboard until January 4. There are no good games so I may not utilize it since I may be busy preparing for my Japan trip.

Microsoft has changed the way they bill monthly ($10 ripoff) subscriptions now. The bill now occurs on a set date and is no longer synchronized to your renewal dates. Depending on the desync, you may be able to get up to a few additional free weeks with each $1 month purchase.

I tried it and it works but is kind of difficult so I will probably not try it again. To do it, you must not cancel your subscription as usual, immediately after paying the $1. Or you can cancel it, but you must re-enable your subscription before the month ends. Then you check xbox.com to see what your billing date is (the xbox 360 will not report it correctly) and before it arrives, cancel your subscription.

However there is another problem. Attempting to cancel your subscription (at least on xbox.com, I did not try on the 360 itself) no longer works. It only lets you disable the auto-renew, and gives you a message saying that your subscription is continuing for another month and that you will eventually be charged. It directs you to Microsoft customer service if you really want to cancel.

So you must chat with Microsoft customer service to cancel. It doesn't take long, and you should be able to do this as many times as you want because you are not requesting anything unusual, like a refund. After they cancel it, xbox.com will allow you to remove your payment option if you want to.


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