Targeted Xbox Live Gold 12 Months $43.80 via 4x 3-Month Renewal for $10.95 @ Microsoft (Membership Required)

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I found this while looking at ways to add some extra time onto my Xbox Live Gold subscription. It's a bit of a hack so bear with me. I also did this while using a private/incognito window in my browser, you may want to do the same so a cookie isn't set that may break the process.

Edit: it appears that if you’ve already upgraded to GamePass Ultimate this won’t work for you. It only works with standard Live Gold accounts.

  1. Visit www.xbox.com.au and log into your account.
  2. Navigate to Game Pass -> Xbox Live Gold.
  3. Click the button 'Gift Xbox Live Gold'.
  4. This will open a new tab which shows your remaining current subscription. If it doesn't show the current one reload the page and it should appear then. (You need to ensure the page knows you're logged in.)
  5. Click on the dropdown box and select 3 Months. The price displayed should change to $10.95.
  6. Click the 'Extend' button to complete the purchase and agree to signing up for a 3-month recurring subscription, with the next charge due the day after your time expires.
  7. Click the green 'Manage' button and this will take you to your Microsoft account.
  8. Locate the Xbox Live Gold section and click the link to 'Manage' beside your subscription.
  9. At the 'Has recurring billing' section click 'Change' and select 'Turn off recurring billing', then confirm the cancellation.
  10. Now log out of your Microsoft account. Close and reopen your browser and start from Step 1 again. Repeat as often as you like.

I don't know if there's a cap on how much you can purchase, I stopped at 1 year only because my PayPal account had run dry. Also, if you already have recurring billing turned on for your Xbox Live Gold account you may need to turn it off first before starting.

Once you've loaded up with Gold time, ensure you also stack it with the $2 Game Pass Ultimate deal, if you haven't already taken that up.

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    if you want to save even more:
    join woolworths rewards with the code that gives 1500 points
    buy a $30 students gift card from woolworths that gives you 600 points. use the $30 gift card at eb gsmes to buy $40 of xbox live credit than can be used to buy game oass etc.
    you now sldo have $10 of credit on your ww card to buy shopping or another $20 xbox live credit - plus a fuel voucher.
    rinse repeat

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    Thanks it worked on my account, but Doesn't work on my Daughter account not sure why. But thank you. now have a Game pass ultimate until October 2021.

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    Nice, bought 6 months to get over the Christmas. Thanks.

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    Thanks got 6 months

  • +1 vote

    still says $29.95 for 3 months. Maybe its targeted. Nevermind, after refreshing the page, i got the offer

  • +2 votes

    Thanks,great description op, unfortunately doesn’t work for me stays at $29.95 for me even after refresh and checking logged in😢

  • +3 votes

    I also get $29.95 per 3 months. I tried incognito mode, clearing cache and my recurring billing was turned off.
    It looks like it is a targeted offer?

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    Doesn't work for me - must be targeted. :(

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    It didn't work for me. I tried turning off recurring billing after the first failed attempt but no good. I could see the new tab change when I clicked refresh but it still shows as 29.95. Bummer this would be good. Just got a new racing wheel to go with Forza Motorsport 7.

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    yep seems to have been patched.

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      I just tried it myself and it’s not working any more so I suspect you’re right. Bummer. I was hoping a lot of other Ozbargainers would be able to benefit from it. :-(

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    Anyone know What’s the best deal around for 12 months, my membership runs out on Monday? Thx

  • +2 votes

    Not sure why this is expired, I just got 3 years worth and ultimate for about $133

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      Looking to get 3 years worth too. How did you manage to get it for $133?

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      as it stands, it doesn't work. It hasnt for a few hours. So dunno how you're saying it works. We need proof. Interestingly, xbox live services are down. Ozbargained? :P

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        I just followed OP's instructions. Worked for me. Did 12 x 3 months @$10.95. My last transaction was around 9:15am. Can't seem to access the page now, perhaps I was the lucky last….

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    This is still working. I've just extended until mid 2021. :-)

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    Definitely still working, I got 9 months in this morning before Live went down, just finished getting it up to 3 years plus adding on Game Pass at the end.

    You don't have to log out each time either, I just kept going back to the gift button.

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    Tried following the same instructions just now and 3 months sub is still showing as $29.95 for me. 1 month is $10.95

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    Thanks op. Excellent find and very clear instructions. Worked a treat for me.

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    Does this not work if you already have converted to XBox Game Pass Ultimate?

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    Tried a few different ways last night on my phone and now on my pc, still says $29.95 for 3 months although I've taken up a last minute renewal deal in the past with Xbox live to extend my subscription so maybe that's counting against me (and us - for those who it doesn't work for?)

    Even still, considering just topping up to 3 years and converting to Game Pass Ultimate, that hack alone with games covered moving to new gen will probs be worth it?

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    Also not working for me

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    I was just able to renew for 4 X 3 months.

  • +1 vote

    I managed to do it once but it wouldn't let me do it a second time.

    Did anyone get an email from Microsoft after doing it the first time saying the following?
    You'll be billed every 3 months at AU$10.95 until you cancel. We'll email you ahead of time if that price ever changes.
    Manage your subscription to review the latest info, change how you pay, or cancel at any time to stop future charges. Enjoy!

    Yet when I click on the manage page it says $29.95 every 3 months. Surely I could just let this play out and then force them to refund the difference?

    • +1 vote

      You need to go to your subscriptions page and cancel the billing recurrence. Once you do that go back to the 'gift xbox live' page and the 3 month for 10.95 option will show up again.

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    Damn it, I just did the gamepass trick over the weekend but couldnt max out as there was not cheap option for 9 months… :-(

  • +1 vote

    Still no luck for me, but thanks. Even rejoined for one month as mine has just expired to see if the deal was back on ☹️

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    Thanks, successful got 7x 3 months Xbox live gold for $10.95 each, then got 2 months Xbox games ultimate for $2, finally upgraded to 36 months Xbox games ultimate! Total cost is less than $100. Purchase through safari of iPhone, failed in chrome(iPhone) and pc.

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    I came across this method, and was about to post it, but I it's already been posted BUT I think there is an easier way.

    1) copy this link

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/p/xbox-live-gold/CFQ7TTC0K5D...

    2) Click and HOLD the link (don't let go until you see step 3 option) with your finger.

    3) Click "Open in Incognito Tab"
    4) Sign into your account.
    5) Extend your xbox live gold membership 3 months (at $10.99 AUS).
    6) Turn Off recurring billing (on your Xbox Live Gold subscription).

    You can repeat this as many times as you like.

    No need to clear cache or cookies etc. No need to sign in and out.

    No need to close and reopen browser (I used Chrome on my phone).

    Just click back button on the phone until you get the first incognito page where you started.

    You can also paste the address you copied here, and paste it into the same incognito tab (instead of having to click back).

    Ps. This link is different from the one in the OP's post, so if it didn't work for you before, you can try this link (if it's targeted this link may work for you, where just logging in and navigating to the right page may not).

    • +1 vote

      Thank for the sharing but this has to be targeted.I tried your way and (and many other ways including logging in from different country! ) and still shows me full price $29.95 for 3 months

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        Oh crap. Sorry mate. I guess those who could got lucky.

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        I think that it was showing that I could gift it at that price too, so maybe you could log in with a different account and see if you can gift it to yourself?

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        Someone mentioned that it could be targeted at current subscribers with 3+ months Xbox Live Gold left.

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    I am an existing Xbox Live Gold subscriber, and I was able to use this offer (so not necessarily for new and inactive accounts only).

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    Day one of post
    Had no gold failed
    Added 1 month gold to expired sub failed
    Added 1 month game pass to acc failed

    Tried for nxt few days still failed, still failing

    P.s does everyone else get offer of special offers page enter email address to join between pressing gift Xbox live and seeing 1 month @ $10.95 box at least once.

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      I'm not sure what you mean, but it seems to be a targeted offer, even targeted at people like me who had no idea of this offer (and I kept looking because I needed xbox live gold.

      Others appear to simply be unable to take advantage of it after they log into their own account.

      But, it must be mentioned, that you MUST have recurring billing on your Xbox Live Gold subscription TURNED OFF before trying this, or you will NOT see this offer.

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    No deal for me unfortunately. Followed the instructions to the dot. Good deal for those who can get it but it should be marked as targeted.

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      I agree. It could save some people a lot of time trying to get something that they simply can't, because you have to login first before you can see the discounted price, which means that they could offer it to some users but not others (this is a very annoying way that M$ does business btw, that and charging Aussies more for the same digital content, etc).

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      I was curious if I could get the deal with one of the 15 or so hotmail accounts I have, and no luck.

      The account I tried had Xbox Live Gold expired 3 years ago, so it may actually be for some current members only?

      It would be great if they rewarded loyal customers that way.

      Btw. I'm an Xbox "Ambassador" (along with 400k or 4 million others) so I wonder if they were targeting those users?

      It'd be good to know if people who were not ambassadors, and who had a current Gold/Ultimate subscription, were able to use this deal.

      Because if that's what it is (very small chance but it's possible) then joining the Xbox "Ambassador" program is a one click process, and would be an easy fix.

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    Ambassador made no diff, thx anyway,

    Believe needed minimum no of months of Xbox live (at least 3 months or more live ) required before deal posted to qualify which is my main difference to other posters

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    I've tried on iOS and Windows, Safari, Chrome, Edge. Turned auto billing on/off. Regular browser window, private/Incognito window. Nothing works.

    Any other tips??

    I've got a current normal xbox live gold until 2 October this year. Really hoping I find a good deal soon and this looked like an absolute winner. Just can't make it work.

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      Someone mentioned that it could be targeted at current subscribers with 3+ months Xbox Live Gold left.

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        That's definitely not the case. I had zero months left (my subscription had lapsed months ago).

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          That's what I meant mate.

          The guy said it could be targeted at people with current subscription paid up for at least 3 months ahead.

          Not for new or lapsed subscribers (all the comments I remember reading from lapsed or new customers had no luck

  • +1 vote

    Worked for me. Just got 3 years ultimate for $132.40. It took a while. I followed the steps exactly, but after step 9 instead of logging out and starting at step 1, I just went back to step 3 in the tab that was still open.

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    Thanks OP!

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    I can't get this to work either, it just comes up with the 3 months for $29.95.

    I last used codes rather than paying for live gold, so not sure if that's the reason it won't work, plus I can't find an option to turn off the reoccurring payment option…

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      It definitely won't work unless you first disable recurring payments. I've used codes and credit card and PayPal before so I doubt that's the reason you're not seeing it. This time I had no payment method configured and added PayPal as a method for the first 3 months. Then it was already there fit the other 11 purchases.

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        I can't seem to find an option to disable reoccuring payments anywhere, even using the "help" it just says to go to billing and disable it or cancel the subscription, but it doesn't show at all.

        And I don't want to pay for a month at $10.95 to then enable and disable it.

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