Amazon had some pretty good deals on Xbox LIVE 12 month membership cards, so I purchased one of these. But,I was not able to redeem the code. I expected that I would be able to apply the 12 month Xbox Live membership to extend my family membership, in my case by 3 months, since I have 4 people in the family membership. But I kept getting errors trying to redeem the code.
When I created the family subscription, I was able to add several Xbox Live Gold accounts, and for each Gold account, the subscription length of the family membership was extended by each. So I figured that I would do the following:
- Remove one of the Xbox Live accounts from the family subscription
- Redeem the code on that Xbox Live account
- Re-add the Xbox Live account to the family account
Unfortunately, this didn't work. I was able to complete the first two steps, but when I try to re-add the account, I get an error. It looks like the account is added to the family, but not that account is not part of the subscription. So I won't be able to share Microsoft Points with that that account.
I am hoping that Microsoft starts to sell Xbox Live Gold Family cards (and Amazon sells them for a discount).
Update 5/14/2011: It looks like Microsoft fixed a bug that was preventing this from working. Today I was able to add the account to the Family Subscription, and that extended the subscription by 6 months.