I just redeemed a 48 Hour trial earlier today and am severely disappointed with how misleading it happens to be. My gold subscription ran out about a month ago, and I figured I would be able to renew it for at least two days. I found that I was able to send messages, party invites, watch Netflix but, much to my dismay, I was unable to download the Battlefield 3 beta after weeks of anticipation and excitement for it.
I thought that, for all intents and purposes, I had redeemed Gold for two days' time and am rather distraught that the terms of the trial were switched out on me.
But, a glimmer of hope showed in the potential of a free Gold weekend, the 1st and 2nd of October. What I want to know, however, is does it really extend actual "Gold Membership" for that weekend, or the rather stunted excuse of service that is a "Free membership"?