UPDATE: Sorry everyone, this promotion has now expired.
A while ago Hilton Hhonors was offering gold status to anyone who could provide a valid Visa Infinite card number. This got widely spread amongst the likes of One Mile at a Time, and View from the Wing. The numbers that were provided on there were quickly shut down — understandably.
However, I decided to revisit their page, and it looks like Hilton are STILL offering it, with the expiry being pushed back all the time. At the time of writing the deadline is 31st May 2013. Since American Express decided to cut away Hilton Gold to their UK Platinum Card holders, cardholders have been looking for another way to get renew Hilton Gold. This is your opportunity so get it quick!
Using the Luhn Algorithm, you can generate a valid 16 digit card number which seems to pass Hilton's ‘verification' process.
Last time round only Hhonors accounts registered in Australia were being promoted to Gold, so this may be a requirement still. Until enough people give me confirmation that this works this requirement is still speculative. Still, you have nothing to lose by trying, and please please please let me know if it works. [EDIT: I can confirm that you need to change your address to Australia first for this to work.]
You can easily create a new account to Australia, or change the country of your address in your existing Hhonors profile to Australia, perform this trick, then change the country back.
I've tried doing this with a newly-created account in Australia. I get the “congratulations” screen
so now it's a waiting game to see if the account's elite status tier will change to Gold. Last time round the higher status was changed instantly, but I'm still waiting… [EDIT: I can confirm it has worked on my account! It takes roughly 20 mins for the new status to kick in, possibly up to 2 hours for some people. Try logging out and back in if you don't see your profile updated to Gold after that time.]
Successful input of Visa Infinite card for my new account in Australia. Let's see if this will work!
If you're still interested here's how it works:
Start off with the first 6 digits of 442394 as this is Visa Infinite's Issue identifier, then make up any 9 digits afterwards. It is important that you don't use the same numbers as mine, because there were suggestions that their systems might be blocking repeated numbers, but try to follow the steps as I describe:
4423 9412 3456 789 (notice this is 15 digits long)
double every other number starting from the 1st, and ending on the 15th.
8443 (18)422 64(10)6 (14)8(18)
Where the doubled number is greater than 10, which I've included in parentheses in my example, subtract 9 to make sure it's smaller than 10.
8443 9422 6416 589
Now add up each of these digits.
8+4+4+3+9+4+2+2+6+4+1+6+5+8+9 = 75
Take the next multiple of 10 up from your sum, which in this case is 80, and deduct your answer above from it:
80-75 = 5
That result is the final,16th digit of your made up Visa Infinite credit card number, so now your final result is
4423 9412 3456 789 and 5
You can even verify that your number works using this online validator (you could of course just bash all the numbers from 0-9 for the final digit until it works – but I wanted you to read my post!)
Like I say, don't use the same numbers as mine, thus hopefully stopping your number being disabled!
Once you have generated your 16 digit card number, head to the HHonors Visa Infinite promotion page and plug in your number (Don't forget to register your account to Australia first!). You will be asked to log into your account. If nothing has changed since last time then all should be well.
Enjoy your new Hilton Gold status!