The Ascott Limited is a Singapore company that has grown to be one of the leading international lodging owner-operators. Ascott's portfolio spans more than 170 cities across over 30 countries in Asia Pacific, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the USA. Ascott has more than 66,000 operating units and over 43,000 units under development, making a total of more than 110,000 units in over 700 properties.
Ascott Hotel Group has free 2 years GOLD status to sign up with Promo code AMEXGD. Normally you have to spend more than AUD 3k to get GOLD status.
The membership benefits are listed on the their website HERE
They have a quite a few properties in Asia Pacific and a few of them are located in Australia.
The GOLD status does not give you too much elite benefits but still better than nothing. You get free breakfast in Europe etc.
I guess people can sign up and request status match with Hilton status so this might be helpful for some of you.