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Makes me wonder why a Swift transfer
doesn't need to meet any of these qualifications.

No I did not talk to them personally. Looking at their international transfer choices, they listed Swift at $20.00 per transaction.  Plus you would have to pay the bank fees on this end too.
 But USAA is claiming to be on top of this. Will have to give them a call to make sure.

US ACH transfers will fail as of April 1, 2019. Will USAA upgrade before that date?moctezuma1moctezuma


I currently have established a monthly automatic US ACH transfer from USAA bank to Bangkok Bank’s New York branch. Effective April 1, 2019, Bangkok Bank will no longer accept US ACH transfers, and will require all transfers to be in the “International ACH Transaction” (IAT) format, in accordance with new rules imposed by NACHA (Electronic Payments Association).
In accordance with the new rules, will USAA implement the required IAT transfer protocol for online transfer requests by April 1, 2019?

  • USAA Social Service
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    Hello and thank you so much for your inquiry. USAA is already in compliance to process International ACH Transactions (IAT) as it relates to OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) related concerns. Thank you!

  • moctezuma1

    Thank you so much for your reply.  Does your reply mean that my current automatic transfers are in IAT format, and I do not have to specifically request that format when I establish a transfer request?

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    Thank you for your follow-up inquiry. To ensure we can set proper expectations for your inquiry we will need to speak with you. At your earliest convenience please contact us at 210-531-USAA (8722), our mobile shortcut #8722 or 800-531-8722. Our business hours are Monday through Friday 5:00am-12:00 am CT and Saturday 6:00am - 10:00pm CT, or Sunday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. CT. We look forward to speaking with you!

you are right. I kind of left you hanging on this one. Basically, It cost me $19.00 and some change to transfer $2100.00. That might seem a little high. But, I got a better exchange rate than BKK bank was giving me.
Also, if you are happy about the exchange rate you are getting from Transferwise, it is locked in once you tell them to transfer. So even if the rate goes down in the 1-2 days it takes to receive your funds. You are locked in on the rate you agreed to.
 I normally bank with USAA in the states and transfer between them and BKK bank NY. But, USAA does not do set up IAH transfers as most U.S. banks do not.
Hopefully this helps a little more. I too am just learning. At least we have plenty of notice until 1 April.

 KrungThai Bank did not charge anything for the deposit. I guess they were happy to get it.  Another good thing. I don't have to deal with BKK bank next year. They can stuff that Union Pay Card.


I tried Transferwise last month to check it out.
 A little slow, but worked. But, still cheaper
than SWIFT.  I may have to go that route.f

Visas, et al / Re: new head of immigration
« on: October 11, 2018, 02:41:22 PM »
Stayed last night in Ubon. The hotel clerk didn't want anything from me, not even my ID.  She told my wife that the room was in her name, so no need for me to show anything. I'd rather not name the hotel but it is a well known chain.
 As far as anyone knows, I never left home.
Got to admit, I haven't been to Ubon for about 10 years. Thought about living there way back when. Glad I never made the move. it is way too congested with traffic. It has lost that small town appeal. First went there in 1972 and loved the place. Not the same anymore.

Has anyone figured out the procedure for this? Wow! with the embassy rumors going on about the income affidavit and now this, boy oh boy, it is true. When it rains it pours.

Visas, et al / Re: new head of immigration
« on: October 08, 2018, 08:22:01 AM »
Why would someone need to file a TM28?
That is for a change of address. Of course, if you move a TM28 is required.
 Staying in another province for over 24 hours requires a TM 30.
 I have never done that ever. I don't intend to start now. I don't register in hotels, I just have my wife do it. I live 8 km from Kalasin and stay there on occasion. Not about to drive 36km to immigration because I stayed 8km from my home.

Churches / Re: Buddhist Temples with English-Speaking Monks
« on: September 29, 2018, 08:03:01 AM »
I met a monk last year in Roi Et that speaks very good English. When I asked him where he learned to speak English, he told me that he used to be a chef in a major hotel in Bangkok. Not sure how being a chef teaches one English, but it obviously does.
 I know this doesn't help you find one in Khon Kaen. Just showing that they are around, so maybe.

Discuss Travel / Re: Bangkok to Los Angeles Flights
« on: September 06, 2018, 04:32:10 PM »
I recommend you read the reviews on this airline before buying a ticket.

Visas, et al / Re: Extension renewal
« on: September 05, 2018, 08:40:08 AM »
I was told that if I went to Laos for the day and returned over the border same day. They didn't really care and that I didn't need to do a new TM30.

Back in the late sixties and early seventies. U.S. military personnel had to go through a mandatory class before marrying a Thai woman. This also was to explain the procedures that needed to be done in order to bring them to the states.
 Please, before someone says, BS I didn't have to do that. Yes I know there were always exceptions.
But, the people running those clinics sure told some horror stories.

Open discussion / Re: Bangkok Bank Debit Cards With Visa Logo
« on: August 23, 2018, 01:44:44 PM »
Glad to hear it.
" if at first, you don't succeed..............".Well you know the rest ;D

Open discussion / Re: Bangkok Bank Debit Cards With Visa Logo
« on: August 18, 2018, 10:48:51 AM »
I myself have given up on the idea that BKK bank will revert back to Visa cards. I only use BKK bank to transfer money from the states to Thailand. I then transfer it to my account with Krungthai bank. Totally worth the 35 baht. Krungthai uses Visa. I asked if they were considering changing to Union cards. They laughed and said, no. They were getting too many customers from BKK bank to do that.

Visas, et al / Re: 90 Day Report
« on: July 29, 2018, 10:02:06 AM »
It is my understanding that Khon Kaen immigration does not participate in Online Reporting. I could be wrong, but it has never worked for me.

So I am of the mind that they don't participate.

Open discussion / Re: Where to buy RING DOORBELL. in Khon Kaen?
« on: July 27, 2018, 10:04:26 AM »
Remember, this doorbell is only as good as your WiFi signal. If you put it out by the end of of your driveway at the gate. It may not work.

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