5 smart ways to earn points on a VIP night out at AO Arena Manchester

Virgin Red Room guests
Anna Brech
by Anna Brech
8 April 2022

Few pleasures in life trump a good old-fashioned night on the tiles. And for Virgin Red members, the party is even sweeter.

The new rewards club from Virgin is jam-packed with ways to amp up your night life – from live comedy to Sofar Sounds and beyond, all available with Virgin Points. The Virgin Red Room at Manchester’s AO Arena is a particular highlight for fans of the VIP lifestyle, giving gig-lovers front-row seats to the hottest shows in town. 

The suite is open exclusively to members, who can book the A-List seats for themselves and a guest using their Virgin Points. You don’t even have to be an existing Virgin customer to gain entry: anyone can sign up to Virgin Red for free and start earning Virgin Points to spend on the private members’ experience. Upcoming shows include Billie Eilish, Alicia Keys, Diana Ross, and Kings of Leon, all available via Virgin Points. 

What does this mean for you and your plus one? A razzle-dazzle of a night out at Manchester’s AO Arena, with fast-track entry, a private pay bar and a waiter service to deliver drinks to your seat: all with a ring-side seat to some of your favourite performers up on stage.

Best of all, you can earn MORE points (and therefore more rewards) with Virgin Red just by getting ready for, and celebrating, your big night out. Here’s how:

Earn points with an on-trend look


The VIP treatment deserves a VIP look. As a Virgin Red member, you can get your fill of designer labels and luxury brands from TK Maxx, earning two points for every £1 spent as you go. You might also choose to stock up on a few vintage items from eBay (one point for every £1 spent), or sort a new-season upgrade with an outfit from Selfridges (eight points for every £1 spent). Wherever you like to shop, from ASOS to H&M, John Lewis to Gap - Virgin Red has a partner to suit, so you can top up your wardrobe AND earn points as you go. 

Earn points by booking your train tickets

The Virgin Red Room comes with free parking right by the AO Arena, but you may fancy travelling by train to your A-List night out – especially if you plan on having a drink or two. If that’s the case, you can top up your points in a flash with any booking on Virgin Trains Ticketing. Fancy earning a few more points on your journey? Tune into the Virgin Red app for weekly games and quizzes, and the chance to win points as you go. 

Earn points with awesome accessories

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Did we tell you that the Virgin Red Room comes with a glitter wall? This means only one thing for guests – breaking out those accessories for the perfect mid-gig selfie. Whether you’re shopping for magnetic eyelashes from Etsy, deluxe lipsticks from LOOKFANTASTIC, or biodegradable glitter from Not On The High Street, you can earn points with every purchase you make as a member of Virgin Red. 

Earn points with a Karhoo taxi ride home

So you’ve partied your socks off in the Virgin Red Room, taking full advantage of the private pay bar, and an exclusive space to let your hair down – with prime views of your favourite artist/group in action. After all that excitement, you may well want a taxi to whisk you home in comfort. With Virgin Red, you can earn four points for every £1 spent on Karhoo taxi rides, for a quick and convenient way home and points to boot.

Earn points by ordering a late-night pizza


The best nights out end with a pizza, no? There’s a lot to be said for a Veggie Supreme, or a Texas BBQ feast, to toast a stellar evening partying like the star you are. Once you’ve got home from the AO Arena Manchester, why not earn just a few more points – three points for every £1 spent, in fact – with a takeaway from Domino’s. Aah, life is sweet.

Find out more about Virgin Red, the new rewards club from Virgin, including the Virgin Red Room at AO Arena Manchester. You can sign up or login for free