I recently bought a 3 month XBL membership from rite aid down the street, and had trouble entering it on my console, saying the code was not valid. This was a brand new card. After trying to make it work multiple times, but to no avail, i entered it through the XBL website. It indeed worked, as I can see my account is GOLD, but i am still unable to access gold content on xbox live.
It is not a connection issue, as my friends are online, i see what they're doing, etc, but the problem is that I am not recieving gold benefits on my console. I am at a loss on what to do, for I have not seen this happen over the years.