I recently purchased the Samwise Gamgee Starter Pack for 2 of my alternate F2P accounts. One reason for the purchase was to enable all the characters access to riding skill and mount, but another reason was to upgrade them to Premium status. The description of the Starter Pack explicitly states that it would provide Premium account status if this was also the first purchase for the account. But when I logged in after the purchase I found the items I was expecting (riding skill and mount in a box, 4th inventory bag) but the character screen still says Free to Play and has a limit of 2 characters. I had just made a recommendation to a friend to upgrade her account with this Starter Pack and she also did not receive Premium status.

Has there been a change in policy regarding how to achieve Premium? In the past the rule was if you purchased anything with real money, it would upgrade you to Premium...