First post so please take it easy on me. There was a similar OzBargain post about this a few months ago (https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/483889) where you could get free Gold status when you sign up for Ascott Star Rewards using an Amex referral link.
I recently found another link which will now give you free PLATINUM status plus 4,000 points when you sign up using code AMEXPL. Platinum is the highest status level, which usually requires a qualifying spend of over $AUD 10,000. Some Platinum benefits include (https://www.the-ascott.com/en/member/benefits.html):
- Complimentary Room Upgrades
- Complimentary Breakfast (in Europe)
- Complimentary Airport Transfers (in the Middle East)
- Priority Check-in/Check-Out
The code is embedded in the link, so there’s no need to enter the code. I believe this code will only work until the end of the year, and you will retain Platinum membership for 2 years from signing up with the link.
P.S. Most major hotel brands don’t recognise Ascott yet to status match, as it’s only a new program. However, currently Radisson will status match it to Silver tier, Wyndham will status match it to Gold tier and Best Western will status match it to Platinum tier.