Lufthansa Baggage Fees & Tips To Cover The Expenses [2017]

Lufthansa baggage fees

Lufthansa actually has a pretty standard baggage fee policy, you just have to tediously sift through all the various differences in fares and routes.  This has been made more difficult by the introduction of the new European base fares.

We should note that excess fees on Lufthansa are pretty standard as well.

Lufthansa Carry-On Allowance:

1 personal item: FREE
Standard carry-on bags:

  • Economy & Premium Economy: 1 FREE (up to 8kg)
  • Business & First: 2 FREE (up to 8kg)

Carry-on allowances in the new European fare

  • Economy Light: 1 FREE (up to 8kg)
  • Economy Classic: 1 FREE (up to 8kg)
  • Economy Flex: 1 FREE (up to 8kg)
  • Business Class: 2 FREE (up to 8kg)

Size Restrictions

  • Personal: 30cm x 40cm x 10cm
  • Standard: 55cm x 40cm x 23cm
  • (for foldable garment bags: 57cm x 54cm x 15cm)

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

  • At Lufthansa children under two have a free baggage allowance of one piece up to 23 kg.
  • This does not apply to the Light fare in Economy Class on European flights. In this case, only the accompanying adult can add one piece of baggage for a fee of €15 per direction. Additional pieces of baggage must be checked in as excess baggage.
  • A car seat or folding buggy or pram or a baby carrier may be carried as carry-on baggage free of charge.

Lufthansa Checked Baggage Allowance:

All checked bags must adhere to a max weight of 23kg (50lb) for Economy & Premium Economy fares and 32kg (70lb) for Business & First Class fares; must adhere to max linear dimensions per bag up to 158cm

Economy Class: 1 FREE (23 kg)
Premium Economy Class: 2 FREE (23 kg)
Business Class: 2 FREE (32 kg)
First Class: 3 FREE (32 kg)

The following flat rates are incurred for a second bag in Economy (23 kg). The flat rates are dependent on the country where the journey begins and apply per route:

  • €75 / $100 for journeys solely within Europe
  • €75 / $100 for journeys to/from North and Central America
  • €150 / $200 for all other journeys

Free baggage allowances in the new European fare

  • Economy Light: 0 FREE* 
  • Economy Classic: 1 FREE (23kg) 
  • Economy Flex: 1 FREE (23kg) 
  • Business Class: 2 FREE (32kg)

*If you are traveling on the ‘Economy Light’ fare, you can book one piece of baggage weighing up to 23 kg for a fee of EUR 15 per outbound or return flight online under ‘My Bookings’. If you book at the last minute at the airport ticket counter or check-in counter, an increased fee of EUR 30 applies and if you book at the gate, the fee is EUR 45.

Additional / Excess Baggage Fees:

Per Additional Piece
Economy (2nd bag, Special Routes*): €75 / $100
Economy & Premium Economy (within Europe): €75 / $100
Economy & Premium Economy (International): €150 / $200 / 200CAD
Business & First Class (within Europe): €75 / $100
Business & First Class (International):  €150 / $200 / 200CAD

*Lufthansa offers reduced fares on the 2nd piece pf baggage for Economy  on routes to/from USA, Canada, Mexico and Central America (excl. Belize Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama)

Overweight / Oversized

(up to 32kg)
OversizedBoth Overweight
& Oversized
Economy & Premium Economy
(within Europe)
€50 / $70 €100 / $150 €150 / $220
Economy & Premium Economy
€200 / $300€100 / $150€300 / $450
Business & First Class
(within Europe)
not permitted over 32kg allowance€100 / $150n/a
Business & First Class
not permitted over 32kg allowance€200 / $350n/a

Credit Cards That Reimburse You For Checked Bag Fees

If you need to cover some checked bag fees on Lufthansa, give the cards below a look.

Credit CardFee Reimbursement Details
Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard®
Annual Fee: $0 for first year, then $89
With this card, you can use your miles to cover any qualifying travel purchases of $100 or more, including baggage fees (which is perfect for families that travel and incur travel expenses). Simply apply your miles to these expenses when your statement arrives!
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Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ Card
Annual Fee: $450
$300 travel credit per calendar year (covers all travel related purchases)
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Citi Prestige Card
Annual Fee: $450
$250 air travel credit per calendar year (covers all travel related purchases)
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Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card
Annual Fee: $450
$300 airline fee credit per calendar year (covers all travel related purchases)

Exclusions & Waivers:

Free baggage allowances for Frequent Travellers, Senators / HON Circle Members / Star Alliance Gold Members*

First Class:
Frequent Travellers: 3 pieces (32kg)
Senators, HON Circle Members, Star Alliance Gold Card Members: 4 pieces (32kg)

Business Class:
Frequent Travellers: 2 pieces (32kg) each
Senators, HON Circle Members, Star Alliance Gold Card Members: 3 pieces (32kg)

Premium Economy Class:
Frequent Travellers: 2 pieces (23kg)
Senators, HON Circle Members, Star Alliance Gold Card Members: 3 pieces(23kg)

Economy Class: Special free baggage regulations for Economy Class on selected routes.

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