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See Elton John in Manchester with your Virgin Points

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One of the most interesting elements about the new Virgin Red loyalty programme is its suite at the AO Arena in Manchester.

Our introductory article on Virgin Red is here if you are not already a member. You can register here.

In the same way that Marriott Bonvoy has a suite at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, Virgin Red will allow you to see top acts from the comfort of their private suite at the AO Arena.

Virgin Red Room suite AO Arena Manchester

Tickets have now appeared for Elton John’s farewell tour, on Saturday 30th October.

(EDIT: Virgin has now confirmed that the date is the 30th and that the date originally showing in the app – 31st – was wrong.)

The cost is 70,000 Virgin Points. This is for TWO tickets for the Virgin Red suite. A car parking pass is also included.

70,000 points isn’t cheap, clearly. Based on my 1p valuation of a Virgin Point, you are ‘paying’ £700.

However, I am also realistic:

  • lots of people are sitting on Virgin Points with little chance of a flight redemption in the short term
  • if you obtained your points from business travel in the first place, you didn’t pay for them and may be less worried about value
  • you could earn priceless brownie points for yourself by giving a loved one your second ticket for the Elton John concert

If you have not already downloaded Virgin Red, you will need to do so – registering using the same email as your Flying Club account – and then link it to your airline account via the options in the app.

To order tickets, open the Virgin Red app and scroll down the ‘spend’ page. You should see the image above.

If it isn’t there, the tickets will have gone. It is only a small suite and there are lots of HfP readers out there ……

If you do miss out, I would expect Marriott Bonvoy to have tickets for the concerts at the O2 at some point. Marriott Bonvoy give you free food and drink – Virgin Red expects you to pay ……

You can register for Virgin Red, if you are not already a member, via this page.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (December 2023)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 15,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 bonus points and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

A generous earning rate for a free card at 0.75 points per £1 Read our full review

You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin Points.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Points

(Want to earn more Virgin Points?  Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)

Comments (12)

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  • Tim J says:

    this is now sold out – still onm the app but after pressing the ‘redeem’ button a banner at the bottom popped up to say it is sold out – shame as I was trying to book for my daughter who is a massive fan

    • ken says:


      Tickets available in Liverpool from £85

      The ones side on are £163 – would be a better view than the suites in Manchester (Manchester twice the capacity).

      The suites aren’t a great experience for fans – and the lack of hospitality is plain mean

    • Heathrow Flyer says:

      I guess that’s why they call it the blues….

  • Mayfair Mike says:

    Terrible way to watch a concert anyway, if are a genuine fan

  • Patrick Cold says:

    I saw him in Vegas and wished I hadn`t.

  • Kevin D says:

    Can’t get used to AO Arena. It’ll always be the MEN for me!

  • Guernsey Globetrotter says:

    Why has Elton got my Virgin Points? And why did he then take them to Manchester of all places? So many questions…

  • GB says:

    The Arena will look like that when its re-development is finished*, but it sure won’t look like that in October for this concert.

    *subject to the usual creative license at play in any CGI rendering.

  • Doommonger says:

    Questionable value at 70000 points, for these guys its all about the merchandise these days, programme £20, T shirt £50, tour jacket £250 etc. The worst offenders are the octogenarian Rolling Stones, I got an email recently offering a digitally remastered Goats Head Soup from 1973 and also Rolling stones branded socks!! that’s really rock n roll. Sad its come to this.
    The Doomster

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