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Heng

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  1. Prefer to fly airlines that aren't losing... or more accurately: BLEEDING money. The same way I would avoid a seafood restaurant where the owner was on the rocks financially. To Sendai or anywhere else in Japan, Korean Air or ANA, thanks.
  2. If flying economy, I usually will choose the A330 flight (as long as the airline uses that standard 2-4-2 Airbus configuration) as we tend to fly as a family of four. Other than that, you may want to look into the airline in particular as there are a lot of variations involved even with the same aircraft type. You might have a better seat and more comfortable flight on a recently refurbished 20 year old airframe when compared to a young 5 year old airframe, but you might have more peace of mind (and restful sleep) on the newer aircraft, the slim line seating trend offers more leg room, but you will feel it more often when the person behind you is someone who has to take his/her phone out of the seat back pocket 20 times during a flight, etc.
  3. I would actually say Bangkok Bank and that's considering that I use all the main Thai banks. It's my least favourite bank to deal with in person but the cards have always readily been accessible everywhere I need to go travel wise. I use a three account system with them for travel. One account for funds to sit in, and the other two separate accounts to 'fill' as needed through their app. That way I don't have to worry about losing them and there is no lower skim (not that that's much of an issue nowadays with embedded chip cards) and not authorised card swipe risk. The two ATM linked accounts have one as that BBL Visa debit card and the other as their Union Pay linked one so I have broader network coverage.
  4. Because US FATCA still rules, just as it were Roman times. Hopefully the Chinese will have a better tribute system. You're only stuck if you insist on receiving your SSA funds into your Thai bank account. Your son, or any Thai dual national can simply open a Thai bank account with his/her Thai ID card AND answer no to all of the US citizen questions. That is, you CAN do that, but it would be illegal, but so is speeding and not paying 100% of your taxes. It's a pain everywhere, in any country whose banking system has a large portion of their funds routed through New York (which is most banks in the world), not just in Thailand. If your son was born in Thailand, he has an advantage over other dual citizens as if he wants to open up accounts offshore in the future, his passport won't 'declare' that he is a "US person" unlike Thai dual citizens like myself who were born stateside. But again, he would have to be okay with 'checking no' to the US questions. What folks in my parents (also dual citizens) generation do is have their SSA funds direct deposited into their US bank accounts. Just keep the bank accounts, assets and tax bases separate. That way there is no question of the US tax authorities looking at family funds in Thailand or anywhere else and raising their debt laden eyebrows.
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