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Insider tip: score free Hilton HHonors Gold Elite status

By David Flynn     Filed under: Hotels, status, Hilton, Hilton HHonors

Everybody loves a freebie, right? So here's a hot tip that'll get you instant Gold Elite status with Hilton's HHonors loyalty program.

The perks include free in-room Internet, free room upgrades with access to the Executive Floor (based on availability) and continental breakfast at Conrad, Hilton and DoubleTree hotels

It hinges on a special promotion for Visa Infinite cardholders, but with a little savvy you can jump right in.

1. Click through to the Hilton HHonors Visa Infinite Gold promotion page

2. In the box which asks for "the first 6 digits of your Visa Infinite card", enter 442394

3. Then enter your Hilton HHonors membership number and password to log in and activate your new-found status.

That's it – you should now be catapulted to Hilton HHonors Gold Elite.

Of course, if you're a Velocity Gold member with Virgin Australia you'll already have the option of free Hilton HHonors Gold Elite, and if you're a Velocity Platinum then you can skip straight over Gold and head for Hilton HHonors Diamond Elite.

The Velocity program actually lets you choose between Gold & Platinum status at Hilton HHonors and Intercontinental Hotels Group's Priority Club Rewards – read our article here to see which scheme represents the best value for business travellers.

[Thanks to AusBT reader Chris Neugebauer for alerting us to this one!]

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David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

 

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1 on 25/1/12 by chrisjrn

If the number "442394" stops being accepted, there is a list of other 6-digit numbers that could possibly work at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Issuer_Identification_Numbers#Visa_.284.2A.2A.2A.2A.2A.29

Just search through this page for the word "infinite", and you should find at least one that works.

1 on 23/3/12 by poptop

it now asks for all 16 digits. loop hole closed?

2 on 1/8/14 by Mal

Looks like they're onto this!  The message comes up:  "Please call Visa Infinite Consierge to register for the Hilton HHonors (tm) Gold status membership offer".  :-(

1 on 1/8/14 by Chris

Well, the article did run two and half years ago... these days you can still get free Hilton HHonors status through the Hilton HHonors Macquarie Platinum card. :)

 

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