I currently have elite status with Hilton, Hyatt, and Starwood and haven't stayed a single night in any of these hotels yet this year. I accomplished this through various methods by employing credit card benefits and status matches which I'll discuss here briefly. One of the first credit cards I signed up for a year ago when I initially started following the points and miles game was the American Express Platinum card which automatically comes with SPG Gold status and recently Hilton HHonors Gold status as well. There are also several other credit cards that grant Hilton HHonors status including the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature card and the Hilton HHonors American Express card which are both no annual fee cards that come with automatic Silver status. You could also opt for the Citi Hilton Reserve card which has an annual fee of $95 and the Hilton HHonors Surpass American Express card which has an annual fee of $75 and both come with automatic Gold status.
I then took advantage of when Hyatt was status matching back in November 2015 to try and steal SPG elites worried about the upcoming Marriott merger and was able to get in early enough to match into Hyatt Diamond using my SPG Gold status. As many of you can remember the response to this status match was overwhelming to say the least and Hyatt quickly tightened the reigns on who they were accepting into their top tier ranks. Hilton followed suit shortly thereafter and started accepting status matches into their program so I then used my Hyatt Diamond status to upgrade my Hilton Gold status which I already had through my AMEX Platinum card up to HHonors Diamond status.