One of the most interesting elements about the new Virgin Red loyalty programme is its suite at the AO Arena in Manchester.
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.
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 (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):
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.
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.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into 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.)