I decided to buy one of Xbox 360 12 Month Live Gold Card once my current subscription invalid. It took a matter of minutes, and that i was logged back on to my Live account. It was conjointly about $10-12 cheaper than it would've been if I visited my local big box store (not to say gas and time). Here ar the steps that I took:
Xbox 360 12 Month Live Gold Card
1. Purchased it on Amazon.com
2. Checked my e-mail to retrieve my Xbox Live Code instantly after purchase.
3. Logged onto my account on xbox.com, and place the Xbox Live Code in. (Or enter the code on the Xbox 360 dashboard.)
4. Turned on my 360 and viola! Instantaneous access.