Hilton has a promotion for HHonors Gold status through 05/31/13 with a Visa Infinite card.
You’ll also get 40,000 points for making 4 stays by 05/31/12.
Fatal flaw? They only ask for the first 6 digits, which are generic…hello 411945.
The program is intended for residents of “Australia, Hong Kong, China, Korea Singapore, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Philippines” Still it worked just fine on my account.
Of course they’ll probably shut this down once they realize once they’ve done and may even revoke the Gold status of those that register, time will tell! Just don’t come whining to me when they do revoke your gold status as you’ve been warned…
Benefits themselves are meager with the main benefits being discounted award stays (which you get anyways for life with the permanent Silver status you get if you have the free Hilton Visa card)and free internet, but you may be able to use it to status match or challenge to other programs like Hyatt Diamond, where you get 4 free confirmed suite upgrades after matching and you get 2 free nights in a suite for applying for the Hyatt Visa Card as a diamond. Many Hyatt hotels will even give free kosher breakfasts and wine/champagne to diamonds. Then again Hyatt has gotten stricter about matching (especially after the last Hilton Gold debacle when they were bombarded with requests) and may require a minimum amount of stays in your Hilton account to match.