Back in September I shared one of my favorite points redemption at a Hyatt Place in Dewey Beach, DE during the summer.  Well I just might have a new favorite redemption at a different Hyatt Place – let me explain.

State College, PA is home to less than 50,000 residents.  When school in session at Penn State the population doubles.  And when there is a home football game the population doubles again since Penn State is home to the second largest college stadium in the country – holding more than 106,000.  Needless to say hotel rooms are at a premium on football weekends.

I’m a Penn State Alumni and huge football fan.  It was just announced that Penn State’s homecoming weekend will be October 13th against Michigan State.  My sister (also a PSU Alum) alerted me that she was able to book the new Hyatt Place in downtown State College and there were still rooms available with points.

The new Hyatt Place State College runs about $200/night during a regular non football weekend in the fall:



But it swells to a crazy $700-$800/night on football weekends.  But luckily there were still rooms available to book with points.  This Hyatt Place is a category 3 requiring 12,000 Hyatt points per night.  I’ll gladly trade 24,000 Hyatt points for this $1600 stay which yields 6.7¢/pt value.



Since this property is a category 3, you should also be able to use your free anniversary night from the Chase Hyatt credit card.

How You Can Do It


The Chase Hyatt credit card is currently offering a 40,000 point bonus along with 5,000 point bonus for adding an authorized user as a sign up bonus.  And don’t forget it also comes with a free night each year on your cardmember anniversary.

You can also apply for the Chase Ink Preferred or Chase Sapphire Preferred which earn Ultimate Reward points.  Then transfer the Ultimate Reward points to Hyatt since they are partners.

You don’t have to, but I am always grateful if you apply for any of the favorite cards listed on the right hand side (website) or below (mobile site) as I will get some referral points.


What was your last ridiculously good redemption?