Free Hilton Gold status is still alive

UPDATE 6/1/2013 – the deal is now over.

It is still possible to get instant Hilton Gold status through the following method. I tested it this morning and it is still alive. The terms say you must be a Visa Infinite cardholder and the offer expires May 31, 2013.

1.Log in to your account (or create one if you don’t have one)

2. Go to this address generator to create a valid Australian address.

3. Change your profile to the Australian address.

4. Go to this website and create a credit card number. Click “Generate a Credit Number” and choose “Visa – Chase Manhattan Bank“. Don’t worry, you’re not generating an actual credit number someone owns. Replace the output with “4119 45xx xxxx xxxx” and hit generate.

5. Now go to the Visa Infinte landing page and enter the credit number from step 4.

6. Log out and log back in, you will have Gold status now. The benefits are here. You can now change your address back.

Tip of the cap to Fatwallet


  1. […] MilesQuest gives a step-by-step process for getting FREE Hilton HHonors Gold status. I had a recent free hilton gold expire from a similar offer last year.  When I went to do this, I had to use a different browser when filling out the visa infinite offer page.  Not exactly sure when the status expires, but it definitely is at least good through 12/31/2013, possibly longer. The main benefits of Hilton Gold are: […]


  1. @Dale – it looks like through this year.

    Based on nights earned this year, your 2014 tier would be Blue.

    To maintain Gold status in 2014, you need 40 more nights.

  2. I kept getting session time out errors in Safari. Tried it in Crome and it worked like a charm. Thanks!!

  3. Think I may have been the one who created one of the threads on FW! lol. This has come full circle.

    I have a question that nobody (so far) has been able to answer. When I did this trick in early May last year, I got Gold till about April,2013. Now, about a week ago, I received a new card in the mail saying that my Gold status has been extended to May,2014.
    …Say what?!?
    Pleasantly surprised but also WARY that this’ll come back to bite me in the ass somehow.

  4. Lol. Forgot to include the question, it being- What do I do now? I know not to call Hilton (obviously) but I wouldn’t want to be penalized in the future either.

  5. What about the one we got/did it last year, when will it end? Mine still show Gold status but wonder if I should repeat again now just to extend it.

  6. It amazes me that so many people do this trick, which is a lie, knowing that it is easily exposed. What would your reasoning be if Hilton called you and asked about an address you had for less than 5 minutes? And if you then forfeited all of your Hhonors points would you then have the nerve to complain? No sympathy here if you’re caught.

  7. @Jay – hey Jay, why do anything? Sometimes hotels have targeted extensions. I’m an SPG Platinum though I never stayed at the chain (shrugs shoulders)

  8. Did it all, site said congrats but logged to my hhonors account and status is still silver. Tried again and got error that i am allready enrrolled. But statud did not change. Left address with australia little longer just in case. Anything I missed?

  9. Wow Jason ! This is sweet stuff. Like Daper, I did the same stuff earlier today, and it didn’t show up the upgraded status (I was Blue earlier). But I checked just now (about 8 hours after what I thought was a failed attempt), and it shows the status as GOLD.

    But, a question – It says “Based on nights earned this year, your 2014 tier would be Blue.” Does this mean that in 2013, I will be Gold, and the status will revert to Blue if I didn’t meet the nights required for retaining Gold status? Thanks again !

  10. I don’t know what HHonors is doing…I got Gold status via something like this in 2011 and I’m still Gold…

  11. True…95% of my balance is from credit card signups anyway (Hilton+BoH+BoA) so none of those points have been attained by using the gold status, so I’ll stop worrying.

  12. Has anyone else tried this today Monday, 4/1 and had any issues? @Mjc111’s post is scary and I don’t want to jeopardize my HHonor points.

  13. @Maza: Yup, tried it today and it worked. I’m guessing @Mjc111’s post is related to today’s date.

  14. I did it a year ago and am still Gold. Over the last two weeks, I got upgraded on a points stay to a suite and also on the return trip where I was paying, got upgraded to suite.

    I thought my status would change back to blue this year, but it has not.

  15. Surprised this trick has lasted so long. Not as valuable anymore since the Hilton devaluation. Not really much incentive to stay at Hiltons anymore.

  16. I did this trick in 2012, when only the first 6 digits of the Visa Infinite was required. Am Gold until March 2014.

  17. tried today and it worked. But I don’t see free breakfast at benefit page, did anyone get free breakfast with gold status? thanks!

  18. Thanks! I did this last year and was just downgraded to Silver but I was able to do it again and it worked instantly!

  19. @Draper – Just did this 4/5/13 – status still saying silver – will give it a few hours and see what happens – hope it goes through!! heading to Rome this summer and the perks from gold status will come in very handy!!!

  20. thank you ,i have register it and received a congratulation shown. but i still log in my account see the status is blue. i wanto to know what is the reason,if i should wait for a few days?? thankyou

  21. Thank you, I also did this last year and was just downgraded to Silver ,but I was able to do it today and it worked instantly.4/6/13

  22. This work around states it only works if you have a Visa Infinite card though. I have a free Hilton AE card and that won’t work – correct?

  23. This worked instantly for me and my wife…thanks for the clear step by step instructions….couldn’t be any easier to get Gold!

  24. To those getting session errors: make sure your browser is allowing third party cookies. I had to change my browser’s settings to allow them, and it worked.

  25. I got this message” We experienced a temporary technical difficulty. Check your entry and try again.” I try on google chrome and internet explore. Can anyone help?

  26. Did everything described above and got gold status on Infinity page but when logged back into Hilton, I am still blue. Timetable when it’s suppose to change? Thanks!

  27. thanks jason- i called hilton and they said “yeah you’re already registered for the visa infinite promo” i said i
    “it’s still showing silver”
    he changed it for me. I logged out and back in and im gold now!

  28. I think they are on to this. Every cc number I generate is invalid. Bummer. Anyone want to send me a number I can use?

  29. Not working. Keep getting invalid card number message. Tried 20+ times including changing settings to allow all 3rd party cookies.

  30. I got the confirmation..but when I logon to Hilton again, I am still blue…how Long does it usually take ?

  31. Tried 3-4 times on 2 different accounts, doesn’t work. Verifies it etc.., but after 36+ hours still on blue??

  32. I finally got it to work this morning (4/21/13). The Chase Manhattan Visa number wouldn’t work, but I finally got a Visa Infinate # from China to work, and used the Australia address…

  33. Does everyone who’s done this have points already in their accounts? Just want to make sure the points aren’t wiped out!

  34. I’ll be damned . . . . worked like a charm 5/1/13.
    Took about 5 minutes for my status to change from Blue to Gold.

  35. I did this last year & my status changed to Gold immediately. It was supposed to last until 3/2014. But about a month ago they dropped me back to Silver. So I tried this trick again and it does NOT work this time. Stuck on Silver.

  36. amazing guys!

    many thanks

    I was so disappointed to see that as an amex platinum this Gold status fo Hilton was gone at the end of Dec 2012

    guys, you put a smile on my face :+)

    PS: it did not work on the Visa infinite page from my Mac, (timed out)
    I had to go on safari on windows
    (hope this helps)


  37. Hey guys,

    I tried on 5/6/13 and it doesn’t seem to work anymore. Is anyone else having the same problem?

    Hopefully this is not dead.


  38. Just worked fine for me – 5/7. You need to login into your account on the Credit card entry page. That step is missing from the directions. Then kill that window and login to your account.

  39. Thanks Mel for your reply.

    I did login into my account after the successful verification on Visa Infinite landing page:

    Current Status: Blue

    BUT, i saw this under my name:

    You’re just 0 points away from Diamond Status — see the benefits you’ll receive
    Learn more”

    It says “0 points away from Diamond Status”. Does that mean my status has been updated to Gold?

    Thanks again!

  40. I got the same You’re just 0 points away from Diamond Status”
    Guess it means I updated to Gold?

  41. Hey! Worked for me. After I completed the process and logged back in it was still on blue. Five mins later couldn’t resist so I logged in again and whoa ! It had turned to Gold. I did the same last year too and had some amazing benefits at Hilton KL, Conrad Singapore, Hilton Syd, Hilton Dxb, Waldorf Berlin. Many thanks to Jason for informing us about this offer. Hilton Glasgow next week. Time to have fun!

  42. @scot – I think we got updated to Gold. This is what I did:

    1. Login to HHonors.
    2. Click on “Personal Information” on the left panel.
    3. Click on “Send me a membership card” hyperlink under “USERNAME AND PASSWORD”.
    4. You should see your Gold membership card.

    I verified this by creating another dummy account with Blue status. Then, I login into that dummy account and clicked on “Send me a membership card” link. I saw Blue card (instead of Gold)!

  43. Worked for me. But, it was not instantaneous for me. It took about 2 days for the account to update.

  44. where it states “Replace the output with “4119 45xx xxxx xxxx” and hit generate.” what specifically is the 4119 supposed to replace? i keep getting “invalid card message”

  45. @scooby – choose “Chase Manhattan Bank” and click “generate”. in the top right it will have the first four digits shown then xxxx xxxx xxxx. Replace the first four digits with 4119 and the the next two ones (that show xx) with 45 and click generate again.

  46. Thanks Jason! That worked exactly as described. Wish I had asked for clarification sooner…

  47. Did not work with Safari, but okay using Chrome. Had to wait 48 hours but status eventually changed from Blue to GOLD.

    Thanks for the tip.

  48. Still works. A little sketchy, but it will be helpful for my European travel coming up!

  49. Thanks very much for posting…it worked for me but what happens if I change my address back will it revert??

  50. Thanks so much! It worked for me. It took about 20 minutes before it switched to gold but it did work. 5/30/13.

  51. I used the instructions supplied. (Very clear and easy to follow – thanks.) I won’t be booking travel until some time in July-2013. Will I still get gold status then? Do I have to book through Hilton or can I do it through a travel agent/service?

  52. i got the gold status using the method a few weeks ago. but now i am downgraded back to blue. did anybody have the same experience? can we do anything about it? thanks.

  53. I had done this with great success back in April. Now, in looking at my HH account I am back down to Blue. Will have to wait for the next great offer I guess !!!

  54. Founders Card members get a free hilton gold upgrade as part of the member benefits

  55. Both mine and my husband’s 100000+ points were gone yesterday, and showed up again this morning. Scared me! I have a up coming trip this Sep. I guess that Hilton system got a problem yesterday.

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