AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend releases list of complimentary Hilton properties for 2022

AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend cardholders can redeem their free Hilton night voucher at 256 hotels in 2022, 25% more than the current year.

One of the perks of holding an AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend card 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.

AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend free Hilton night voucher
AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend free Hilton night voucher
💳 About waivers…
Technically speaking, it may be possible to get the AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend’s fee waived. However, you won’t enjoy the Hilton voucher in this case.

American Express has just released the list of participating Hilton properties for 2022, available for booking from 22 December 2021 onwards. The list now numbers 256 hotels, up from 203 in 2021. 

Options in Singapore

Hilton Singapore Orchard lobby | Photo: Hilton

All three Hilton properties in Singapore are participating, most notably the upcoming Hilton Singapore Orchard (a conversion from the current Mandarin Orchard). This hotel was originally set to open on 1 January 2022, but its launch date has been pushed back and the website is only taking reservations from 1 April 2022 onwards. 

What about the existing Hilton?
The existing Hilton Singapore (which, confusingly, is also in Orchard) will be reflagged as the voco Orchard Singapore, and is expected to relaunch in January 2022. Hey, it’s not like they did a lot of renovations…

If the renders are anything to go by, it’s shaping up to be a really good-looking hotel, a refreshing change from the tired and dated rooms at the Mandarin Orchard. The Ascend voucher will be valid for stays till 30 June 2022. 

Hilton Singapore Orchard Room | Photo: Hilton

The Conrad Centennial Singapore, a longtime staycation favourite, is also on the list. Just like the Hilton Singapore Orchard, vouchers can be used for stays up till 30 June 2022. 

Finally, there’s the Hilton Garden Inn Serangoon. This property is supposedly reopening in February 2022, but I’d take that with a pinch of salt, given how it’s been on SHN duty ever since the pandemic started.

Options in VTL countries

Conrad Bali
Conrad Bali

For those looking to venture abroad, here’s the participating Hilton properties in VTL countries.

VTL CountryProperties
🇦🇺 Australia (NSW & VIC only)
  • Curio West Hotel Sydney
  • Hilton Melbourne Little Queen St
  • Doubletree Melbourne Flinders St
🇫🇯 Fiji
  • Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa
  • Doubletree Fiji Sonaisali Island Resort
🇮🇳 India
  • Conrad Pune
  • Conrad Bengaluru
  • Doubletree Goa Panaji
  • Hilton Bangalore Embassy GolfLinks
  • Doubletree Suites Bangalore
  • Hilton Chennai
  • Hilton Mumbai International Airport
  • Hilton Garden Inn Gurgaon
  • Hilton Jaipur
  • Doubletree Agra
  • Doubletree Goa
  • Doubletree Gurgaon
  • Hilton Garden Inn Lucknow
  • Hilton Garden Inn Saket
  • Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum
  • Doubletree Ahmedabad / SG Highway
  • Hilton Garden Inn Jaipur / Amer Fort
🇮🇩 Indonesia
  • Conrad Bali
  • Hilton Bali
  • Hilton Bandung
  • Doubletree Jakarta Diponegoro
  • Hilton Garden Inn Bali Ngurah Rai Airport
  • Doubletree Surabaya
  • Hilton Garden Inn Jakarta, Indonesia
🇲🇾 Malaysia
  • Hilton Kota Kinabalu
  • Hilton Kuala Lumpur
  • Doubletree Johor Bahru
  • Doubletree Kuala Lumpur
  • Doubletree Melaka
  • Doubletree Penang Resort
  • Hilton Garden Inn Kuala Lumpur
  • Hilton Garden Inn Kuala Lumpur Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman
  • Hilton Garden Inn Puchong
  • Hilton Kuching
  • Hilton Petaling Jaya
  • Doubletree Putrajaya
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Shah Alam i-City*
🇰🇷 South Korea
  • Hilton Millennium Seoul
🇱🇰 Sri Lanka
  • Doubletree Weerawila Rajawarna Resort
  • Hilton Colombo
  • Hilton Colombo Residence
🇹🇭 Thailand
  • Hilton Pattaya
  • Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa
  • Conrad Bangkok
  • Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok
  • Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa
  • Doubletree Sukhumvit Bangkok
  • Hilton Millennium Bangkok
  • Doubletree Phuket Banthai Resort
*Inventory of participating hotel will be loaded into the system upon actual opening date

Not all of these represent great value, so be sure to check the cash rates at a given property for the night you wish to book. 

Conrad Bangkok

I’d say the Conrad Bangkok is a worthy use of your voucher, although hotel rates in Bangkok are pricing near all-time lows so you may be better off paying cash in some cases.

I’ve also been meaning to try the Hilton Melbourne, which opened in March 2021 in a building that looks more fit for a Waldorf Astoria than a Hilton. 

Hilton Melbourne
Hilton Melbourne
Hilton Melbourne

Other things to note

Ascend vouchers cover the room only, and do not include breakfast. 

The T&Cs have also been updated to explicitly state that Hilton Honors benefits and points do not apply to voucher stays. That was indeed my experience at the Conrad Centennial- Diamond member? Not when you use a voucher you’re not. 

However, certain properties may choose to go above and beyond. When I used my voucher at the Conrad Bangkok a couple years back, I was accorded Hilton Gold benefits like free breakfast.

YMMV. 

AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend sign-up offer

If you don’t currently have a AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend card, customers who apply and get approval between 1 October 2021 and 31 January 2022 will receive the following:

Apply Here
 SpendMiles
First Spend Any 5K
Milelion BonusS$2K7.5K
Months 1-3S$5K10K + Sofitel
Base Miles6K
(S$5K @ 1.2 mpd)
Total SpendS$5K
Total Miles28.5K + Sofitel staycation

All first-time American Express KrisFlyer cobrand cardholders will enjoy 5,000 miles on their first transaction of any amount.

Applicants who apply via The Milelion will enjoy 7,500 miles when they spend S$2,000 in the first 3 months. Should they spend a further S$3,000 (i.e. S$5,000) total, they’ll receive:

  • Existing customer: 1-night Sofitel Sentosa staycation
  • New customer: 1-night Sofitel Sentosa staycation + 10,000 miles
⚠️ AMEX defines new customers as those who do not hold any American Express principal credit cards now, or in the past six months.

This means your total haul (including the regular base miles) would be 28,500 miles and a free Sofitel Sentosa staycation for S$5,000 of spending. 

The stay at the Sofitel Sentosa is valid for a Luxury Room and does not include breakfast. However, if you’re an Accor Plus member (free membership  available here, if you own a small business), you’ll save up to 50% on all F&B including breakfast.

Sofitel Sentosa Luxury Room
Sofitel Sentosa Luxury Room

Eligible cardholders will receive a redemption letter ~12 weeks after meeting the spending threshold. This will state the validity period and how to redeem the free stay; all free stays must be used within 3 months from the date of the redemption letter. 

The AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend’s annual fee of S$337.05 must be paid, and the T&C of this offer can be found here. 

Conclusion

American Express’ latest list of Ascend voucher participating Hilton properties is ~25% larger than last year’s, and unlike last year, you actually have a chance of visiting some of the overseas ones. 

I’d aim to get at least S$250-300 in value out of the voucher, although everyone’s individual benchmark will differ.

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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D K

Can you get the card FOC with the charge card – without the hotel voucher. Can still participate in the spend $2k plus $3k promo?

2 AF

Ascend card is not part of the One AF program.

chk

I called the Platinum concierge and the KF Ascend fee was reversed and thereafter renewal fee free.

Mike

My Ascend is free annually under One AF, but never received hotel voucher both years.

Sean

“the card’s non-waivable S$337.05 annual fee.”
As I’ve always had this waived, I’ve also never received the voucher 🙂

Clare

Voucher only entitled to free night in Hilton Garden Inn Serangoon for singapore area, which I think no one will go there for staycation. Such disappointment

Clarity

If you actually read the article, all Hilton Singapore properties are participating, including:

Hilton
Conrad
Hilton Garden Inn

Sng

Do you have any idea if the listing for 2023 will be provided soon? Bookings are only available till end of 2022.

Thank you.

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