AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend releases Hilton free night properties for 2024

AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend cardholders can redeem their free Hilton night voucher at 208 hotels in 2024, with bookings opening from 18 December 2023.

AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend cardholders receive an annual Hilton free night voucher, valid at participating Hilton properties across Asia Pacific. Used judiciously, this can help recoup a significant portion of the card’s S$340.20 annual fee.

AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend free Hilton night voucher
Free Hilton night voucher

American Express has just unveiled the list of participating properties for 2024, which will become available for booking starting 18 December 2023 (with stays from 1 January to 31 December 2024).

AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend free night hotels

Hilton Garden Inn Kyoto Shijo Karasuma

The 2024 list of participating properties numbers 208 hotels, up from 75 hotels in 2023. That said, the bulk of the additions (120) have come from China, as the country’s reopening makes those hotels viable options once more. We’re also seeing a doubling in Japan hotels (4 to 8).

Country 2023 2024
🇦🇺 Australia 13 15
🇨🇳 China 0 120
🇭🇰 Hong Kong 1 1
🇮🇳 India 17 19
🇮🇩 Indonesia 7 8
🇯🇵 Japan 4 8
🇰🇷 Korea 1 1
🇲🇾 Malaysia 14 14
🇲🇲 Myanmar 1 1
🇵🇬 Papua New Guinea 1 1
🇵🇭 Philippines 3 3
🇸🇬 Singapore 1 2
🇱🇰 Sri Lanka 3 3
🇹🇭 Thailand 7 7
🇻🇳 Vietnam 2 5
Total  75 208 

The full list of hotels can be found below.

Participating Hotels
Country Hotel Name
Australia Curio West Hotel Sydney
Australia DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns
Australia DoubleTree Esplanade Darwin
Australia DoubleTree Melbourne Flinders Street
Australia DoubleTree Perth Northbridge
Australia DoubleTree Perth Waterfront
Australia Hilton Adelaide
Australia Hilton Brisbane
Australia Hilton Cairns
Australia Hilton Darwin
Australia Hilton Garden Inn Albany
Australia Hilton Garden Inn Busselton
Australia Hilton Garden Inn Darwin
Australia Hilton Melbourne Little Queen St
Australia Hilton Parmelia Perth
China Canopy by Hilton Chengdu City Centre
China Canopy by Hilton Hangzhou Jinsha Lake
China Canopy by Hilton Hangzhou West Lake
China Conrad Beijing
China Conrad Shanghai
China Conrad Tianjin
China DoubleTree by Hilton Baoding
China DoubleTree by Hilton Beijing Badaling
China DoubleTree by Hilton Chengdu Riverside
China DoubleTree by Hilton Hangzhou East
China DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Anhui – Suzhou
China DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Beijing
China DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chengdu – Longquanyi
China DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chongqing – Nan’an
China DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chongqing North
China DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chongqing Wanzhou
China DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Guangzhou
China DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Guangzhou – Science City
China DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Jiaxing
China DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Putian
China DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Qinghai – Golmud
China DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wuhu
China DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Xiamen – Haicang
China DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Xiamen – Wuyuan Bay
China DoubleTree by Hilton Ningbo – Chunxiao
China DoubleTree by Hilton Ningbo Beilun
China DoubleTree by Hilton Qidong
China DoubleTree by Hilton Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis
China DoubleTree by Hilton Qingdao-Jimo
China DoubleTree by Hilton Quzhou
China DoubleTree by Hilton Shiyan
China DoubleTree by Hilton Suzhou Wujiang
China DoubleTree by Hilton Suzhou Wuzhong
China DoubleTree by Hilton Xian Fengdong
China DoubleTree by Hilton Ya’an
China DoubleTree by Hilton Yancheng Dayangwan
China DoubleTree by Hilton Yangzhou
China DoubletTree by Hilton Hotel Anshun
China DoubletTree by Hilton Hotel Shenyang
China DoubletTree by Hilton Hotel Wuxi
China Hilton Beijing
China Hilton Beijing Capital Airport
China Hilton Beijing Daxing
China Hilton Beijing Tongzhou
China Hilton Changsha Riverside
China Hilton Changzhou
China Hilton Chengdu Chenghua
China Hilton Chongqing
China Hilton Chongqing Liangjiang New Area
China Hilton Dalian
China Hilton Dalian Golden Pebble Beach Resort
China Hilton Fuzhou
China Hilton Garden Inn Anshan
China Hilton Garden Inn Beijing Daxing International Airport
China Hilton Garden Inn Beijing Haidian Daoxiang Lake
China Hilton Garden Inn Changchun Economic Development Zone
China Hilton Garden Inn Changde Dingcheng
China Hilton Garden Inn Changzhou Jintan
China Hilton Garden Inn Changzhou Xinbei
China Hilton Garden Inn Chengdu Huayang
China Hilton Garden Inn Dandong
China Hilton Garden Inn Guangzhou Tianhe
China Hilton Garden Inn Hangzhou Lu’niao
China Hilton Garden Inn Huzhou Anji Phoenix Mountain
China Hilton Garden Inn Jiaxing Xiuzhou
China Hilton Garden Inn Jincheng Gushuyuan
China Hilton Garden Inn Jinzhou Central Street
China Hilton Garden Inn Jiuzhaigou
China Hilton Garden Inn Nanchang Honggutan
China Hilton Garden Inn Nantong Xinghu
China Hilton Garden Inn Ningbo
China Hilton Garden Inn Nujiang
China Hilton Garden Inn Qidong
China Hilton Garden Inn Rizhao High-Tech Zone
China Hilton Garden Inn Shanghai Hongqiao NECC
China Hilton Garden Inn Shiyan
China Hilton Garden Inn Suzhou Wuzhong
China Hilton Garden Inn TianJin HuaYuan
China Hilton Garden Inn Xi’an High-Tech Zone
China Hilton Garden Inn Xingtai Xiangdu District
China Hilton Garden Inn Xuzhou Yunlong
China Hilton Garden Inn Zibo Zhangdian
China Hilton Guangzhou Baiyun
China Hilton Guangzhou Science City
China Hilton Guangzhou Tianhe
China Hilton Hefei
China Hilton Jiaxing
China Hilton Jinan South Hotel & Residences
China Hilton Jiuzhaigou Resort
China Hilton Lanzhou City Center
China Hilton Nanjing
China Hilton Nanjing Riverside
China Hilton Qingdao Golden Beach
China Hilton Quanzhou Riverside
China Hilton Sanqingshan Resort
China Hilton Shanghai Fengxian
China Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao
China Hilton Shanghai Songjiang Guangfulin
China Hilton Shenyang
China Hilton Shijiazhuang
China Hilton Suzhou
China Hilton Suzhou Yinshan Lake
China Hilton Taizhou
China Hilton Tianjin Eco-City
China Hilton Urumqi
China Hilton Wenan
China Hilton Wuhan Optics Valley
China Hilton Wuhan Riverside
China Hilton Xiamen
China Hilton Xi’an
China Hilton Xi’an High-Tech Zone
China Hilton Yancheng
China Hilton Yantai
China Hilton Yantai Golden Coast
China Hilton Zhengzhou
China Hilton Zhoushan
China Hilton Zhuzhou
China Hollick Hotel Wen’an, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
China Joyze Hotel Xiamen, Curio Collection by Hilton
China Waldorf Astoria Chengdu
Hong Kong Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong Mongkok
India Conrad Bengaluru
India Conrad Pune
India DoubleTree by Hilton Ahmedabad / SG Highway
India DoubleTree by Hilton Goa – Arpora – Baga
India DoubleTree by Hilton Goa – Panaji
India DoubleTree by Hilton Gurugram Baani Square
India DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Agra
India DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Gurgaon
India DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pune-Chinchwad
India DoubleTree by Hilton Jaipur Amer
India DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Bangalore
India Hilton Bangalore Embassy GolfLinks
India Hilton Chennai
India Hilton Garden Inn Lucknow
India Hilton Garden Inn New Delhi/Saket
India Hilton Garden Inn Pune Hinjawadi
India Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum
India Hilton Jaipur
India Hilton Mumbai International Airport
Indonesia Conrad Bali
Indonesia DoubleTree by Hilton Jakarta – Diponegoro
Indonesia DoubleTree by Hilton Surabaya
Indonesia DoubleTree Jakarta Bintaro Jaya Xchange
Indonesia Hilton Bali
Indonesia Hilton Bandung
Indonesia Hilton Garden Inn Bali Ngurah Rai Airport
Indonesia Hilton Garden Inn Jakarta, Indonesia Taman Palem
Japan DoubleTree by Hilton Kyoto Higashiyama
Japan DoubleTree by Hilton Kyoto Station
Japan DoubleTree By Hilton Naha
Japan DoubleTree By Hilton Naha Shuri Castle
Japan DoubleTree Toyama
Japan Hilton Garden Inn Kyoto Shijo Karasuma
Japan Hilton Tokyo Narita Airport
Japan Hilton Tokyo Odaiba
Korea Hilton Garden Inn Seoul Gangnam
Malaysia DoubleTree by Hilton Damai Laut Resort
Malaysia DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru
Malaysia DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia DoubleTree by Hilton Melaka
Malaysia DoubleTree by Hilton Putrajaya Lakeside
Malaysia DoubleTree by Hilton Shah Alam i-City
Malaysia DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang Resort
Malaysia Hilton Garden Inn Kuala Lumpur Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman North
Malaysia Hilton Garden Inn Kuala Lumpur Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman South
Malaysia Hilton Garden Inn Puchong
Malaysia Hilton Kota Kinabalu
Malaysia Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia Hilton Kuching
Malaysia Hilton Petaling Jaya
Myanmar Hilton Nay Pyi Taw
Papua New Guinea Hilton Port Moresby
Philippines Conrad Manila
Philippines Hilton Clark Sun Valley Resort
Philippines Hilton Manila
Singapore Hilton Garden Inn Singapore
Singapore Hilton Singapore Orchard
Sri Lanka DoubleTree by Hilton Weerawila Rajawarna Resort
Sri Lanka Hilton Colombo
Sri Lanka Hilton Colombo Residences
Thailand Conrad Bangkok
Thailand DoubleTree by Hilton Bangkok Ploenchit
Thailand DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sukhumvit Bangkok
Thailand DoubleTree Phuket Banthai Resort
Thailand Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa
Thailand Hilton Millennium Bangkok
Thailand Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok
Vietnam Hilton Saigon
Vietnam Hilton Da Nang
Vietnam Hilton Garden Inn Da Nang
Vietnam Hilton Garden Inn Hanoi
Vietnam La Festa Curio Phu Quoc, Curio Collection by Hilton

A notable returnee this year is the Hilton Singapore Orchard, which opened in 2022, graced the list for a few months, then vanished. I stayed here shortly after opening and found it to be a much-needed reboot for the Hilton brand in Singapore, exorcising the ghosts of its quite-horrible predecessor. 

Hilton Singapore Orchard
Hilton Singapore Orchard (albeit an Executive Suite, not the kind of room you’ll get with the voucher!)

There’s also another surprise in the form of the Waldorf Astoria Chengdu, the first time a Waldorf hotel has ever appeared on the list. This hotel isn’t exactly new; it opened back in 2017 in Chengdu’s Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone. That doesn’t sound like much of a leisure destination, but if your travels bring you there, then I could think of far worse places to stay.

Waldorf Astoria Chengdu

Over in Japan, four new hotels have been added: DoubleTree Kyoto Higashiyama, DoubleTree Kyoto Station, DoubleTree Toyama, and Hilton Garden Inn Kyoto Shijo Karasuma.

DoubleTree Kyoto Higashiyama

I can’t claim to know much about any of these, but three more options in Kyoto can’t be a bad thing. 

Other things to note

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

You will not be eligible for Hilton Honors benefits and points on these stays, although some 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. This isn’t an entitlement, however, so YMMV. 

All bookings must be made with a valid voucher code at least 14 days in advance of arrival via this webpage. Eligible rates will be displayed with a “Confidential Price” label.

Voucher stays follow the hotel’s flexible rate policy, which usually allows for free cancellations at least 24-48 hours before check-in. 

❓ Don’t have your voucher?
If you want to browse rates but don’t have your voucher number handy, you can do a search from the main Hilton page. Just enter the ZAMKF1 in the Group Code field.

What’s interesting is that the T&Cs say you don’t need to present the physical voucher during check-in, though you will need to show the AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend Card. Based on past experience, however, some properties insist on collecting the voucher, and don’t care what card you use to pay!

AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend sign-up offer

If you don’t currently have a AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend, the following offers are now available.

AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend
Apply Here
  New Customers Existing Customers
First Spend 5K 5K
Spend S$1,000
(Mo. 1)
10.8K + S$150 eCapita Vouchers
Spend S$3,000
(Mo. 1-3)
25.4K
Base Miles from S$1,000
(@ 1.2 mpd)
1.2K
Base Miles from S$3,000
(@ 1.2 mpd)
3.6K
Total Spend S$3K S$1K
Total Miles 34K 17K + S$150 eCapita Vouchers
Annual fee must be paid

The new customer offer is take it or leave it for me, and it’s the existing customer offer that’s surprisingly the better of the two. 

❓ Definition

New customers are defined as those who:

  • Have not cancelled an AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend in the past 12 months
  • Do not currently hold an existing principal American Express consumer card (AMEX cards issued by Citi/DBS/UOB do not count, nor does the AMEX HighFlyer Card)

Existing customers are defined as those who:

  • Have not cancelled an AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend in the past 12 months

For more details on these offers, refer to the articles below. 

AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend welcome offer for existing customers: 15,800 bonus miles & S$150 eCapitaVouchers

New AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend welcome offer: Up to 30,400 bonus miles

Conclusion

American Express has published its full list of participating Hilton properties for the AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend free night benefit, and we’re seeing a significant expansion from 2023 mostly due to China’s reopening.

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

Any hotels on this year’s list catch your eye?

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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Howard

Waldorf Astoria Chengdu is commonly known as the worst Waldorf property in China. Only its concierge is decent.

Would have hoped for Waldorf Xiamen, Shanghai and Beijing to be up there.

Vinz

Would love to try the new Conrad Orchard Singapore

Last edited 7 months ago by Vinz
Elsie

The dedicated website for booking doesn’t serm to work, even with valid CC and voucher details keyed in

Gib

Same here. I entered a valid credit card and voucher details and it does seem to validate it

Gib

I mean the dedicated website does not work even when I key in the correct credit card number and voucher id. Anyone else encountered this issue?

James

Yes, I’m also experiencing the same issues. Didn’t encounter this last week.

JJ NG

Same here. Called Hilton and they have are not aware of it. Told me to write in to make reservations.

Rica

Did you manage to book? How to contact them to book?

James

The website is back up and working. Funny, I was able to find orchard hilton available for redeeming, even though it was mentioned the booking would only commence from next year onwards.

Ljn

Is the annual fee payable upfront which means the miles can be earned earlier? Or one year later? Thanks!

Aon

If I book with the voucher and then cancel the booking. Can I use the voucher to book another hotel (within the valid period)?

Since it mentions “Voucher is valid for one (1) time use only within its stipulated validity period.” on the term and condition doc.

Aon

Noted. Thank you Aaron. 🙂

James

I cancelled a redemption at Hilton Odaiba within the free cancellation period. When I tried to use the code to redeem another hotel, the website says the voucher code has been used. I just got off a call with Amex CS who said that the voucher can only be redeemed once. I asked to escalate the matter but will have to wait and see. The Amex CS wasn’t helpful at all and insisted that even if she escalated the matter, the relevant department will come back with the same answer. I told her to just do it. She said some… Read more »