You can get instant Gold status with Club Carlson by signing up for the program by by following the instructions below. This offer is available for address in the Asia Pacific region. You can open an account i.e. in Thailand and later change the address back where you live.
Edit: 2PM EST (March 11): seems that Club Carlson has now deactivated this offer. As I posted originally on March 9, this was likely to be time sensitive sign up promo. You can get Club Carlson Gold status by doing a status match from Le Club Accorhotels Platinum status. You can get Le Club Accorhotels Platinum status by following the instructions here.
The Gold status normally requires 20 stays or 35 qualifying nights in a calendar year. [click to continue...]