I love travel hacking – part of smart travel is getting elite status. If you are looking for elite status, this is a perfectly easy way to achieve status.


American Express has a targeted promotion for its European cardholders that includes free Club Carlson Gold Elite status through February 28, 2015, but it appears that anyone can register as long as they have a European address. Be sure to use your real name but use your real alternate Europe address.

Benefits include discounts on food and beverage, free internet, room upgrades, a 35% earning bonus, early check-in, late check-out, welcome amenity, and guaranteed availability 72 hours in advance.

Remember that you can status match this with other chains.