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. (HT Points, Miles, & Martinis) Note: This offer is for new accounts only.
Once you have an account set up it is fairly easy to change the address to something domestic — or don’t, if you’re not concerned about earning any points on stays. Club Carlson Gold status includes free Internet, a potential upgrade, and a welcome amenity at some hotels. You can also get it with a a Club Carlson credit card, which offers the last night free for any award stay of two or more nights. But because Concierge status is much more difficult to achieve it’s effectively the highest elite status most Club Carlson guests would have.
Check out last week’s post to see a comparison of Club Carlson Gold status to other elite tiers. I’ll be writing my analysis of this comparison later this week.