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See Peter Kay with your Virgin Points at the AO Arena in Manchester

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One of the most interesting Virgin Red redemptions, at least from our point of view, is the ability to books seats in the Virgin Red Room at the AO Arena in Manchester.

The Virgin Red Room – pictured below – is a private suite of 16 seats, plus a socialising area. You can order drinks for delivery to your seat or take advantage of a private bar, although you need to pay for refreshments.

See Peter Kay with Virgin Points at the AO Arena in Manchester

Tickets have just become available for the sold out Peter Kay gig at the AO Arena on Friday 22nd September.

(This article was published at 10pm on Wednesday. Seats may have gone if you are reading this on Thursday morning.)

It’s not cheap, at 75,000 Virgin Points for two tickets, but I doubt they will last long despite this. Tickets come with VIP access and a reserved parking space at the arena.

You can see full details on the Virgin Red app.

If you are not already a Virgin Red member, you can sign up via this link. Once you have registered you can download the app and link your Virgin Flying Club account so that you can spend your Virgin Points via Virgin Red.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (September 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):

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points if you apply by 2nd October. You receive 15,000 Virgin Points with your first purchase and a further 15,000 points if you spend £3,000 within 90 days. Apply here.

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 bonus points (SPECIAL OFFER TO 2ND OCTOBER) 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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points 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 (17)

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  • Richie says:

    Will there be any garlic bread available ?

  • Yorkshire rich says:

    What’s the weather forecast for that day? Will it be spitting?

  • No longer Entitled says:

    Will Sammy the snake be available if you are taking kids?

  • His Holyness says:

    Can I take Keith Laird as my +1?

  • barry cutters says:

    Similar price to my upcoming cruise on Saturday.

  • The Streets says:

    This number of points is a joke. Peter Kay should use it as part of his material

    • Rob says:

      I got £5k for my Wimbledon men’s final tickets for this weekend, and they will presumably be resold by the agency for nearer £10k. Demand for live experiences is huge at the moment.

      • Nick says:

        Couldn’t you have sold them yourself for £10k?

        • Rob says:

          They usually get packaged up with a hotel and transfers for resale to the ultra VIP market. You don’t stick them on eBay. Downside of not selling outweighs any upside loss.

      • barry cutters says:

        Are you allowed to do that?
        Just a question as I have quite a few England World cup tickets for September and was thinking i couldn’t sell them.

        • Rob says:

          Wimbledon debenture seats are freely transferable. They are also the best seats on the court, hence the value.

          Reselling football tickets is a criminal offence IIRC.

          • barry cutters says:

            The world cup i was talking about was rugby – Paris 2023

        • DevonDiamond says:

          Apparently the official resale site for RWC 2023 is working very well Barry

          • barry cutters says:

            It just takes 12 weeks to get the money back and you actually lose money compared to when i bought them 2 years ago due to exchange rate.

            I sold my Semi Tickets in Feb and while they sold in minutes it took 3 months to get the cash back.

            While were running at 10% inflation and a currency variance + lots fees. its not really a great option when they are selling on resale sites for 3x the value.

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