Premium membership

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Premium membership

Benefits of premium membership

Premium membership provides the following benefits:

Upgrading to a premium account

To upgrade from basic to premium membership:

  1. Log into the Second Life website.
  2. On the left side of the screen, click Premium Membership
  3. The Change Membership Plan screen opens, displaying a chart of Membership plans and prices.
  4. Select Premium (choose from MonthlyQuarterly, or Annual billing options).
  5. Click Save Changes. Your new plan becomes effective at your next billing date.
Note: Accounts which upgrade from basic to premium get a bonus of L$1000 in approximately 45 days and receive a weekly stipend of $L300 and a 512 square meter premium tier bonus.  You may only receive the L$1000 upgrade bonus once per account.

Linden Homes

Linden Homes are ready-to-move-in homes that belong to a themed community and are available only to premium account members.

Note: Linden Homes are available only to users at least 18 years old.

For more information on Linden Homes, see:

Linden dollar rewards

As a premium member,  you get a sign-up bonus and a weekly stipend of Linden dollars.

Sign-up bonus

When you register for a premium account, you get a sign-up bonus of L$1,000, deposited directly into your Second Life account once your premium membership has been active for 45 consecutive days.

Weekly Linden dollar rewards (stipend)

As a premium member, you receive a weekly stipend of $L300, whether you log in or not. Stipends are paid every week by an automated process that runs on Tuesdays (PT).

Payments are based on information gathered from the database as of the preceding Monday. For example:

  • If you create a premium account on Monday, April 14, you will receive your first stipend on Tuesday, April 15.
  • If you create a premium account on Tuesday, April 15, you will receive your first stipend on Tuesday, April 22.
Note:Stipend payments may appear late in the day on Tuesdays or possibly not until Wednesday.

Stipends for old accounts

The stipend amount for older accounts depends on what type of account you have and its age.

Premium accounts created or upgraded from basic:

  • On or after November 1, 2006 receive L$300 per week.
  • Between July 21, 2006 and November 1, 2006 receive L$400 per week.
  • Before July 21, 2006 receive L$500 per week.

Certain old basic accounts get a stipend; basic accounts created

  • Before June 6, 2006 receive a stipend of L$50 per week, if they log in that week.
  • After June 6, 2006 do not receive a weekly stipend.

Premium virtual goods (gifts)

As a premium member, you periodically get an premium virtual good as a benefit. The premium virtual goods are designed by Residents commissioned by Linden Lab. 

How to get your premium virtual good

To get your premium virtual good, go to one of the inworld vending kiosks listed in the Second Life Destination Guide: http://secondlife.com/destinations/premium/gifts.  If you are logged in to the website, go tohttps://secondlife.com/destinations/premium/gifts instead.

To use one of the kiosks:

  1. Right-click the kiosk.
  2. Choose Buy. NOTE:You won't be charged—the item is free for premium account holders.

The item will then be transferred to your inventory.

The inworld vending kiosks only provide the latest premium virtual good. You cannot get older ones.

Object permissions on premium virtual goods

Premium  virtual goods are no modifyno transfercopy, meaning you can make copies but cannot modify or transfer the items.

For general information on object permissions, see Object permissions.

How to get help for premium virtual goods

Premium virtual goods are commissioned by Linden Lab and designed by Residents.  Please do not contact the creator for support.  Each premium virtual good comes with an FAQ notecard to help you get started and answer common questions.  

If you still have an unanswered question, email premium_feedback@lindenlab.com.  We will update the notecard as needed, but cannot provide individual responses.

Frequently asked questions

I didn't receive the previous virtual good, and the kiosk only provides the most recent one. Can I get the one I missed?

No, the premium gift vending kiosks only provide the current premium virtual goods. 

Can I take multiple copies of a good from the kiosk?

Yes! As a premium member, you can take as many copies of the premium virtual good as you like.

I accidentially deleted my premium virtual good. Can I get it back?

Yes. As long as the next premium virtual good has not been distributed, you can get it from an inworld kiosk.

Premium sandboxes

sandbox is an area put aside for building practice. Much like real sandboxes and conceptual sandbox games, these are spaces of creativity and chaos.  For more information on sandboxes, see Building tips.

Several sandboxes exist for specific purposes—such as the Weapons Testing Sandbox—but the majority are simply for regular building.  Signs within each sandbox area make it clear what kind of activities are allowed there.

Sandboxes usually have auto-return enabled to clean themselves several times a day; look for auto-clean information before building, so you aren't caught by surprise. Since sandboxes are experimental, they may also be unstable—be sure to take regular inventory backups of anything that's important.

Premium sandboxes are accessible only to Residents with premium membership.  Each sandbox is made up of four regions. Generally, there is one sandbox per Linden Home continent.  

Find the premium sandboxes through the Second Life Destination Guide: http://secondlife.com/destinations/premium/sandboxes.

Other premium benefits

Premium membership also provide additional benefits!

Live chat support

Residents with premium accounts may initiate a live chat for support issues via the support portal. Basic accounts do not qualify for this kind of support.

Right to own land in popular mainland areas

Residents with a premium account can buy mainland parcels and need to pay a monthly tier when their land exceeds 512m².  For more information, see Land Use Fees.  

The mainland is the largest connected land-mass in Second Life, consisting of hundreds of regions connected to one another with roads, railroads and open oceans.  Being a premium member is a prerequisite for owning mainland parcels.

Immediate access to adult-only areas

Linden homes and some adult areas are accessible only to those 18 years and older. If you are 18 years or older when you sign-up for a premium membership you will automatically have access to these areas. For more information, see Age-restricted content and Accessing Adult land and content.

Downgrading or canceling your premium membership

Downgrading from premium to a basic membership

To downgrade your premium or Concierge account to basic, follow these steps:

  1. Log into the Second Life website.
  2. On the lef side of the screen, select Premium Membership. 
  3. The Change Membership Plan screen opens, displaying a chart of Membership plans and prices.
  4. Select Basic Account.
  5. Click Save Changes. Your new plan becomes effective at your next billing date.

Warning: If you downgrade to a basic account, you will lose all the land you own, and you will no longer have access to your weekly Linden dollar stipend or live chat support.

Make sure to sell all your land before you downgrade!

You may also wish to check your group land contributions and make arrangements to keep your group's land holdings in good standing.

Canceling your premium account

If you're thinking about canceling your account, consider leaving it active with a basic membership, which costs nothing to maintain. If at some point in the future you should choose to revisit Second Life, your avatar and your inventory will be here waiting for you.

You can always update or discontinue your membership plan by going to the Cancel Account page after logging in with your Second Life username and password. This link is also accessible through the Accountsection on the left of your Dashboard.

Once logged in, find the Cancel Account button at the bottom of the page. Your account will remain open until your billing review date, as account maintenance fees are paid in advance.

Tip: If you want to keep your name for possible future use but don't want to pay the US$9.95 reactivation fee, simply downgrade to a basic account.

You may still be charged for land

If you cancel or downgrade your account from premium, you may still be charged for your current month's land holdings.

As stated on the Land Pricing & Use Fees page:

Land use fees are billed based on the peak amount of land held during your previous 30 day billing cycle. This includes land parcels held and land tiers donated to groups... Peak usage is measured by the maximum amount of land you held — for any length of time — during your billing cycle.

Thus you are always charged for your premium membership and the maximum amount land you owned during the current billing cycle, regardless of whether you cancelled your account before the end of the month.

Note: When you cancel your account, it remains active until the end of your payment period. You may still log in and use Second Life during this time. For instance, if you buy a yearly Second Life membership and cancel it the next day, you are still be treated as a premium member for the next year!



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