Below is a link for free Voyager (mid tier) elite status at Langham Hotels 1865. This offer is targeted to holders of a visa infinite card, however only a portion of the credit card number is required to sign up. A quick google search provided me with some numbers which worked just fine.
Langham is a smaller hotel chain which is more on the upscale end of the spectrum. They currently have hotels in Boston and L.A. and are opening ones in Chicago and NYC this year. They have a strong presence in China.
While you may never stay at one of these hotels, having status with a hotel chain is important because you may be able to leverage it into status with other chains. Best Western for example will match just about any other hotel chain: http://www.bestwestern.com/rewards/offers/status-match.asp. Several other hotel chains will also do status matches.
Here are the perks of Voyager status: