Should I Get the AMEX Hilton Aspire card? Part 3: What Are Hilton Honors Points Worth in Asia, Africa and the Middle East?

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DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur Hotel, Malaysia: can’t beat the view

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New Hilton American Express Credit Cards FAQs: Points Bonus, Elite Status, Lounges, and More

Should I Get the AMEX Hilton Aspire card? Part 1: $250 Resorts Credit Detailed Review

Should I Get the AMEX Hilton Aspire card? Part 2: What Are Hilton Honors Points Worth in the Americas and Europe?

For the new Hilton credit cards and the list of the cheapest Hilton hotels in the Americas and Europe (as well as to understand my methodology) check my previous post:

So shall we continue? Here are the cheapest Hilton Honors redemptions in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

MOROCCO

Tangier

Hilton Garden Inn Tangier City Center 10K per night

Hilton Garden Inn Tanjier — from 10,000 Hilton Honors points

How can you go wrong with this hotel? You can’t. This very well reviewed property is located just one minute from the beach, and it will be walking distance from a high-speed train station when that starts operating (presumably this summer). In addition, the hotel’s cash price can run from $80 to $200, so it’s a good deal any way you’re looking at it.

OMAN

Salalah

Hilton Salalah Resort 5K per night UPDATE 3.23.18: 10K points per night

Hilton Salalah

I wrote about this hotel years ago, and it still costs 5,000 points a night. Well, Oman is getting more popular with every passing year, and Salalah is a great destination not to be missed, especially in monsoon season, when everything is covered in green. This Hilton is a great albeit aging beach-side hotel, which is a steal for the price (it runs from $100+ to $200).

JORDAN

Aqaba

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Aqaba 10K per night

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Aqaba — from 10,000 Hilton Honors points

Red Sea, anyone? This 5-star hotel is located in the business district, but it’s within walking distance from the beach. Rooms start at $60+ from what I can tell.

ASIA

MALAYSIA

You can build a whole itinerary around cheap Hilton hotels in Malaysia. I’ve only been to Kuala Lumpur, but from what I’ve been reading, all of these cities are worth visiting, for different reasons.

Kuala Lumpur

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur 10K per night

Don’t believe anyone who tells you that Kuala Lumpur isn’t worthy of your time. It totally is, and I enjoyed it quite a bit, especially when I ventured beyond the Petronas Towers. The hotel review is here (breakfast is amazing, easily one of the best hotel breakfasts I’ve had anywhere in the world).

Johor Bahru

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur 10K per night

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru, Malaysia — 10,000 Hilton Honors points

Johor Bahru is Malaysia’s second biggest city and it’s the home to Legoland, Malaysia, the Angry Bird park, Sanrio Hello Kitty Town, and other theme parks (in case your kids get hopelessly bored). Johor Bahru also has beaches, islands, waterfalls, and other attractions, but it’s mostly known as a gateway to Singapore – it’s actually very popular with Singaporeans as a weekend destination.

I was researching Johor Bahru as a cheap way of exploring Singapore, but decided it would be too much of a hustle, and stayed at Conrad, instead :).It may be fine for a one-time foray into Singapore, but probably not for traveling daily – at least, until the construction of the international subway line between the countries is completed, presumably by 2022. If you want to stay in Singapore, a better choice would be Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon for 20,000 points in Little India..

Kuching

Hilton Kuching 10K per night

Hilton Kuching — 10,000 Hilton Honors points

A reader recommended this Borneo city to me, and having done some research, I agree, it’s worth seeing, especially in that the Hilton there costs only 10,000 points a night. However, this Hilton often sells just for $50+, and while this is within my valuation parameters, don’t forget that the cash rate can earn you up to 14 points per $1 with the right (Aspire) card.

Melaca

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Melaka 5K per night UPDATE 3.23.18: 10K points per night

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Melaka — 5,000 Hilton Honors points

Melaca (also spelled Malacca) is the oldest city in Malaysia, and Melaca’s Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It also has some beaches and it’s quite close to Kuala Lumpur – just 1.5 hours by cab. Looks like a good place to spend a couple of days for 5,000 Hilton Honors points a night.

Penang

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang 10K per night

DoubleTree by Hilton Penang — 10,000  Hilton Honors points

I mentioned this hotel in my Resorts post here. The hotel looks quite nice and offers a free shuttle to Georgetown, yet another UNESCO World Heritage site. Penang is also home to one of the most intricate and important Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia – Kek Lok Si Temple, or the Temple of Supreme Bliss. The DoubleTree cash rates start around $60+.

SINGAPORE

Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon for 20K points

INDONESIA

Kuta

Hilton Garden Inn Bali Ngurah Rai Airport 5K per night

Hilton Garden Inn Bali Ngurah Rai Airport Hotel — 5,000 points

OK, so I never (well, almost never) review airport hotels, but this one can work for you if you stay for just 2-3 days to relax in Kuta before or after exploring the rest of the island. The reviews I’ve read indicate that the hotel has a resort feel, and while very close to the airport, it’s also a short and cheap ride away from the beaches and nightlife. The rates start at $55+, so you’re getting quite a deal for 5,000 Hilton Honors points.

VIETNAM

Hanoi

Hilton Garden Inn Hanoi 10K per night

My cousin Timmy stayed in this hotel, so I visited it on a couple of occasions. It’s very centrally located (unlike JW Marriott where I was staying), and it’s a typical clean and efficient Garden Inn. The rates seem to range from $60 to $100.

Hilton Hanoi Opera 17-36K, mostly 19-23K per night

Hilton Hanoi Opera — from 17,000 points

This is obviously a more upscale property, which is also close to the Old Quarter, but depending on your dates, you might be able to snatch a room for $80-$100. This represents an OK point value if you can get a room for fewer Hilton Honors points. But I probably wouldn’t pay 36,000 points for this hotel.

CHINA

Beijing

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Beijing 20K per night

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Beijing — 20,000 points

Well, I don’t know what to add, except that this centrally located 5-star hotel appears to be a good value for the money Hilton Honors points. The cash rates there range between $90 and $180, so 20,000 points seems like a good number to me. Besides, you’ll probably want to spend 5 days in Beijing, making your points worth 16,000 per night (with the fifth night free for elite members). 

So, have you stayed in any of these hotels? How about sharing your thoughts? Please?

Next: Part 4: Maximize Points Redemptions at Top Hilton Hotels

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