Old Mar 16, 18, 4:55 pm
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: NRT / HND
Programs: UA 1K, DL PM
Posts: 4,258
You are correct, credit card miles do not count toward status. Unfortunately you've gotta fly to earn it and you have to fly in mileage earning fare classes. My wife flies to Seoul quite a bit for business and her corporate travel agent keeps booking OZ fares that earn zero miles. Rather frustrating even though it's a short trip.

BTW, I'm not sure how long you've been in Japan but initially getting a credit card can be quite a challenge. I believe the Asiana card is issued by SMBC which may not be the easiest one to get if you don't have a history here yet. Your other option though that is easily overlooked is the SPG Amex. Its an expensive card but Amex is a lot more liberal for newcomers.
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