One of the best features of the AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend is its annual Hilton free night voucher. Used judiciously, it can help recoup a significant portion of the card’s non-waivable S$337.05 annual fee.
But 2020 has not been kind in this regard, and most cardholders are probably still holding on to their vouchers.
While it is possible to use the voucher in Singapore, the only property it’s valid at is the rather underwhelming (and not open for staycations anyway) Hilton Garden Inn Serangoon. With all due respect to this property, it seems like a waste to use it here when you could just as well redeem it at the Conrad Bangkok or Hilton Bali.
But there’s some good news on that front though…
KrisFlyer Ascend hotel vouchers are now valid at Conrad/Hilton Singapore
AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend cardholders who visit the booking portal will have noticed some new additions to the hotel list. After entering your credit card number and voucher code (don’t worry, you’re not committing to use your voucher yet), you’ll see the following.
In case you can’t read that clearly, the drop down box for Singapore now lists:
- Conrad Singapore
- Hilton Garden Inn Singapore
- Hilton Singapore
Conrad and Hilton have not been added to the “official” list yet, but I can confirm they’re very much bookable.
While the Conrad Singapore has not been approved for staycations yet, I’m able to find abundant availability for voucher redemptions from 25 December onwards (yes, at the time of writing this article, it’s even possible to book a stay on Christmas day).
The KrisFlyer Ascend voucher books you into a Deluxe Room (the base category), in either a King or Twin configuration.
For the Hilton Singapore, it’s still possible to book a couple of weekends in December, and January onwards is wide open.
The KrisFlyer Ascend voucher also books you into the base category room, in either a twin or King configuration.
For both the Conrad and Hilton, bookings are fully refundable if done by 11.59 p.m local time the day before arrival (do note there are some special dates where a S$180 deposit will be taken, and in those cases you need to cancel at least 7 days prior).
The voucher does not include breakfast, but Hilton Honors elite benefits will be extended on these stays (i.e you could get free breakfast with Hilton Gold/Diamond). Do note that Hilton elite benefits will be honored on these stays, such as free breakfast (the Ascend voucher does not include it) or lounge access.
Key Features: AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend Card
As a reminder, here are the key features of the AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend Card.
|Income Req.||S$50,000 p.a||Points Validity||3 years|
|FCY Fee||2.95%||Transfer Fee||None|
|Local Earn||1.2 mpd||Points Pool?||N/A|
|FCY Earn||2.0 mpd
(Jun & Dec)
|Special Earn||2 mpd on SIA and KrisShop, 3.2 mpd for Grab||Airport Limo?||No
|Cardholder Terms and Conditions|
I didn’t have a great stay experience at the Hilton Singapore, but I am looking to try out the Conrad at some point in the future.
That said, I may not pull the trigger just yet- my voucher is valid till 31 July 2021, and I’m hoping I might yet be able to use it overseas.