Here’s a collection of the most popular free status posts for Gold and Platinum Elite status, which are still active as of today:
After you get Hilton Gold, you can get a match from Best Western to Platinum level.
Then get Starwood Gold Preferred status after one stay in Asia. The Westin in Macau is nearby Hong Kong and has decent rates since it’s a bit removed from the casinos if you can’t think of where to go.
Now you’ll start getting perks and extra bonus points at three of the world’s largest hotel chains for close to nothing.