After some consideration and surveying of existing premium members (with over 80% support), Netrider has now changed it's Premium Membership to being annual. This change already occurred in the first week of February. Why? Netrider started in 1995 and has had Premium Members since May 2003. Over these last 12 years the membership list has grown considerably. But also over this time, people lose contact with, or stop engaging with, Netrider for various reasons and a proportion of the premium membership is dormant or un-contactable. Thus, by changing premium membership to being annual, the premium membership list will stay current and highly relevant. Services and benefits offered to premium memberships can be more focused and attractive. Has the price changed? Premium membership has been a $10 once-off charge since it started in 2003. Now, it is $10 if you subscribe with recurring annual payment or $12 if you purchase a 'stand-alone' 12 month membership. Payment method is still PayPal (credit/debit cards or PayPal balance). You will need a PayPal account for the recurring option. What is the impact for existing Premium Members? All existing premium memberships will now expire between 01/Mar/2016 and 28/Feb/2017. Your exact expiry date being set from the day and month in which you started your premium membership. Due to server software changes over the years, for those that commenced Premium Membership prior to Nov 2012 your exact start date for premium membership is unknown. Thus, your expiry date has been set from the day and month you first registered with Netrider. All existing premium members will have at least 12 months, the vast majority already enjoying much longer. For example; Commenced premium membership on 17/Sept/2013, your expiry is 16/Sept/2016 Commenced premium membership on 26/Mar/2015, your expiry is 25/Mar/2016 Commenced premium membership prior to Nov 2012 and registered with Netrider on 07/Jul/2006, your expiry is 06/Jul/2016 Since the 1st of February, all Premium Members are now enjoying an ad-free experience when using the site. No general advertising is shown to premium members! How do I know when my premium membership expiry date is? Visit your Account Upgrades page to see when your current Premium Membership upgrade expires. Will I be notified when my membership is about to expire? Yes. For stand-alone 12 month membership, 7 days prior to expiry you will receive both an alert and an email (to your account email address) letting you know that your premium membership is about to expire, and directing you to the Account Upgrades page to renew. Can you renew for more than 1 year? Not currently, but if there is strong request for this then I could add a 2 or 3 year option. If you choose the subscription/recurring option, then annual renewal will occur each year automatically through your PayPal account. If anyone wants to donate $100 or more, I'll happily bestow lifetime membership - contact us after making your donation to advise/request it. Can I gift Premium Membership to another member? Yes! Just visit the Account Upgrades page, and choose the Gift option/button. You'll be required to enter the recipients username, and also have an optional tickbox to select if you would like to gift it anonymously. The recipient will receive an alert when a membership has been gifted. At this time, only the stand-alone premium membership option can be gifted. What else is there to know? I will shortly update the Premium Membership help page will a matrix of additional site benefits provided to premium members. Pre-empting the "you're doing this only to make money" remarks, this is not the case. As per the why paragraph above, its primarily to create and maintain an accurate and relevant premium members list. Netrider's expenses are annual (hosting, storage, legal, upgrades and support, backups) so it does also align the membership in this regard which I'll be transparent and say that this will make budget planning a little easier. If anyone feels that $10 per annum (around the price of 2 cups of coffee) is too much, then there is absolutely no obligation to renew your premium membership. As has always been, and always will be the case, standard members still get a strong level of engagement with the site. I will add more points to this list, if any general questions arise in replies to this thread. I trust that the majority will see this as a positive move for Netrider and that considerable thought and consultation with existing premium members has been given.