As of late March, Qatar Airways will adopt the Avios currency for its Privilege Club loyalty program. This will have several (positive) implications for members. First, this is likely to offer a range of new non-air partnerships since Qatar Airways will get access to deals done at IAG level. Secondly and more importantly, it is expected that Qatar points will become fully exchangeable and combinable with points of the IAG programs using the Avios currency, hence the programs of British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and Aer Lingus. As such, points can be moved around in order to shop award flights in the program, where they cost less – and this might actually often be Qatar’s Privilege Club. Registering for the Privilege Club by March 31 also lets you earn a free 2,500 miles, which are increased to 7,500 miles if you take a Qatar Airways flight by September 30. Qatar Airways is a minority shareholder of IAG, which issues the Avios currency.