Lufthansa Baggage Fees & Tips To Cover The Expenses

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Lufthansa actually has a pretty standard baggage fee policy, you just have to tediously sift through all the differences in fares and routes. They offer Economy Light fares on certain routes including to and from North America if you’re looking to travel light with only hand luggage.

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

  • With 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.

Stroller Check Policy:

  • Strollers are allowed to be used throughout the airport and will be checked before the flight and handed back immediately after arrival to your destination.

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)

Free baggage allowances for European fares:

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

Additional / Excess Baggage Fees

Adding a bag to your Economy Light Fare ticket

Per one way route (max 23kg)Domestic routes (within Germany)Within EuropeIntercontinental
Booking online (up to 2 hours before departure)€15 / $16€25 / $27€50 / $60
At check-in€30 / $35€40 / $44€50 / $60
At gate€55 / $60€55 / $60€50 / $60

Light Fare passengers are permitted to book one item of hold baggage with the exception of flights to and from the USA or Canada where a 2nd piece of luggage may be booked for a fee of €90 / $100 per way.

Additional luggage to free baggage allowance, per one way routeEconomy & Premium Economy Class


Business & First Class 

 Max 23kg and smaller than 158cm24-32kg and smaller than 158cm24-32kg and larger than 158cmMax 23kg24-32kg and larger than 158cm
Domestic (within Germany)€70 / $80€110 / $126€150 / $172€70 / $80€110 / $126
Within Europe€80 / $92€130 / $149€180 / $206€80/ $92€130 / $149
to/from North Africa, central Asia and eastern Mediterranean coast€100 / $115€175 / $201€250 / $287€100 / $115€175 / $201
Short intercontinental routes€150 / $172€250 / $287€350 / $402€150 / $172€250 / $287
Medium intercontinental routes€200 / $230€320 / $368€440 / $506€200 / $230€320 / $368
Long intercontinental routes€250 / $287€400 / $460€550 / $633€250 / $287€400 / $460
to / from Japan€150 / $200Heavier: €250 / $350
Larger: €350 / $500
€450 / $650€150 / $200€350 / $500

For additional details, please see Lufthansa’s official fees here. Click the headings above to view the list of applicable destinations.

Overweight / Oversized

Fees in excess of free baggage allowance, per one way routeEconomy & Premium Economy Fares
Larger or heavier (24kg to 32kg or 159cm)
Economy & Premium Economy Fares
Larger and heavier (24kg to 32kg and 159cm)
Business & First Class Fares
Larger than 159cm
Domestic (within Germany)€40 / $46€80 / $92€40 / $46
Within Europe€50 / $57€100 / $114€50 / $57
to/from North Africa, central Asia and eastern Mediterranean coast€75 / $86€150 / $172€75 / $86
Short intercontinental routes€100 / $115€200 / $230€100 / $115
Medium intercontinental routes€120 / $138€240 / $276€120 / $138
Long intercontinental routes€150 / $173€300 / $346€150 / $173
to / from JapanHeavier: €100 / $150
Larger: €200 / $300
€300 / $400€200 / $300

Bags won’t be accepted weighing more than 32kg.

For baggage fees related to Sporting Goods, please refer to Lufthansa’s policy here. 

For fees related to other special baggage, please refer to Lufthansa’s policy here.

Can I Pre-pay for Baggage?

Lufthansa does allow passengers the ability to pre-pay for luggage online or by contacting their call centre.

Here are the ways you can pre-pay:

  • Log in to your booking from the ‘My Bookings’ tab on the Lufthansa website
  • Contact the Lufthansa Service Center on +1 800 – 645 38 80

Avoid Paying Baggage Fees by Using These Credit Cards

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

Exclusions & Waivers

Free baggage allowances for Frequent Travellers, Senators / HON Circle Members / Star Alliance Gold Members and SWISS Golf Traveller members*

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

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

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

Economy Class:
Frequent Travellers: 2 pieces (23kg)
Senators, HON Circle Members, Star Alliance Gold Card Members: 2 pieces(23kg)
SWISS Golf Traveller: 1 piece (23kg)

Special baggage regulations for Economy LIGHT on selected routes.

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To see more airline baggage fees and policies, click here.

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FAQ

Can I take a handbag as well as hand luggage on Lufthansa?

Yes, Lufthansa has a carry-on baggage policy of 1 personal item such as a handbag or briefcase and a standard carry-on piece.

How many bags can I carry on Lufthansa?

Lufthansa allows passengers to bring 1 personal item that must not exceed 30cm x 40cm x 10cm. Economy and Premium Economy travelers are permitted to also bring 1 piece of standard carry-on up to a maximum weight of 8kg and 55cm x 40cm x 23cm. Business and First Class passengers can bring 2 carry-on bags.

Does Lufthansa charge for baggage?

Lufthansa only charges for Economy Light fares on European flights as no checked baggage is included. Booking online (up to 2 hours before departure) fees are $16 for domestic flights and $27 within Europe. Prices at the airport are significantly more.

How much baggage is allowed on Lufthansa international flights?

For international flights, Lufthansa’s baggage allowance is 1 bag (23kg) for Economy, 2 bags (23kg) for Premium Economy, 2 bags (32kg) for Business Class and 3 bags (32kg) for First Class. All bags must not exceed max linear dimensions of 158cm.

Is a backpack considered a personal item on Lufthansa?

Lufthansa would consider a backpack a personal item if it does not exceed maximum dimensions of 30cm x 40cm x 10cm. If it is larger than this allowance then there is a chance you could be asked to check your carry-on piece or backpack.

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43 comments

  1. I am traveling to Delhi from fort lauderdale in business class…how much will i have to pay if i book a third bag? Also how many carry on bags are allowed??

    • Hi Avnit – you’re allowed to take 2 carry-on’s with you but I cannot confirm with 100% accuracy how much you’d pay for the third bag, but I believe that it would be an extra $200 USD.

  2. i am travelling in economy how much should i pay for the third baggage

    • Saif, that depends on where you’re flying to/from and which fare type you purchased (there are multiple types of economy fares). If you can clarify we can attempt to let you know what you should expect to pay.

      However, keep in mind that we are not Lufthansa Airline so for the most official answer to your question your best bet would be to contact them at 1 (800) 645-3880 if you are in the U.S. If not, you can find the applicable phone number here.

  3. quick question will i be able to pay CASH at DFW airport for an extra check-inn bag?

  4. How can I know price for second additional bag for lufthansa flight from usa to europa? I know that first one additional is 100 usd…

    • Hi Jovan, to be clear are you talking about checking three bags? The answer to this question also depends on what cabin class you are flying.

      If you are flying USA>Europe in Economy, the first checked bag (up to 23kg) is free, the second checked bag should be $100.

      In terms of a third checked bag, Lufthansa does not make it easy to find this information online. So, I contacted their member services team to inquire and they reported this is dependent on your route and can cost anywhere from $230 to $287 USD.

      If you’re wanting an exact price for a third checked bag on your route in question, I would suggest calling them at 1-800-645-3880 or see this page for the appropriate phone number based on the country you’re calling from. Hope this helps!

  5. What is the maximum number of luggage a business class flyer can check in from USA to Angola? The traveler is Gold on Star Alliance.

    • Christine Krzyszton · October 25, 2018 · Reply

      Hi Ronan! Generally, a Star Alliance Gold member flying in business class will be able to check 3 bags. However, maximums are dependent on the route so if you want to be certain, I would suggest calling Lufthansa at 1-800-645-3880 (if calling from the U.S.) to verify the exact number of bags for the particular route you’re flying.

  6. Hi there. I am planing to travel to Romania (Europe) from Canada in May 2019, economy class, do I have to pay for the first check in bag? Thank you.

    • Hi Irma, if you have purchased a true Economy ticket you should be allowed one carry-on bag up to 8kg and one checked bag up to 23kg free of charge. However, if you have purchased economy-light, you will receive a carry-on allowance free of charge but you will have to pay for any checked bags.

      Alternatively, if you purchased Premium Economy, you should be allowed one carry-on bag up to 8kg and two checked bags up to 23kg free of charge.

      Your permitted free baggage allowance should be clearly shown/stated on your ticket/passenger receipt.

  7. Alecco Bellini · November 19, 2018 · Reply

    To whom it may concern. A family member is travelling to Beirut, Lebanon from Philadelphia (US) with Lufthansa and she has two check-in luggages, as always. She may end up having one luggage weigh anywhere overweight (between 23 and 32lbs). How much will she end up paying for that one overweight luggage at the PHL airport?

    • Hi Alecco, this depends on which type of fare your family member has purchased. Can you tell us if they have purchased Economy Light, Economy or Premium?

  8. Hello. Travelling from US to EU with two bags, economy. Second checked in – should be 100 USD?
    Thank you!

    • Hi Geaf – this technically depends on how you read Lufthansa’s website where at the “Flat rates for additional piece of baggage” section it states first that if you’re in the US, flying to/from “East” states have a different cost than “West” states…

      Head to this link here and scroll down to “Economy and Premium Economy – Additional Piece of Baggage”: https://www.lufthansa.com/us/en/flat-rates-for-excess-baggage). Additionally, they clarify what East & West states are at the bottom of this page here: https://www.lufthansa.com/us/en/price-zones.

      Between US East & Europe, looks like it would be a Medium Intercontinental route& cost $230 each way. Between USWest & Europe looks like it would be a Long Intercontinental route & cost $287 each way.

      Lufthansa’s website makes this extremely difficult to discern by also stating next, a “Flat rates for second piece of checked baggage” (which would be the $100 per flight). We assume this is an additional piece of checked baggage after your first additional piece (i.e. bag #3 if you have one included in your fare) however cannot be certain.

      We suggest you call Lufthansa’s customer service line at 1-800-645-3880 to clarify. If you get any clarification from them we would love to know what they say so we can adjust our information above. Thank you!

  9. Victor Seino Seino · December 19, 2018 · Reply

    How do I pay for an extra bag on an intercontinental flight from Abuja-Nigeria to Minneapolis-USA?

    • Christine Krzyszton · December 21, 2018 · Reply

      Hello Victor. Additional baggage, over and above your free allowance, can be paid for during check in at the airport. The cost will depend on the size/weight of the bag and the class of service you are flying.

  10. Maggie Davis · December 31, 2018 · Reply

    Hello!
    Does Lufthansa waive the fee for a second bag for active duty military flying overseas?
    Thank you!

    • Hi Maggie, we can’t find any information on Lufthasna’s website about any perks for active duty military members. What we can tell you is that waiving baggage fees for active duty military is much more standard for American based airlines vs. international airlines.

      We suggest calling Lufthansa’s customer service at 1 (800) 645-3880 to inquire with them directly. Sorry to not be of more help!

  11. Hi, I have to travel from NY To Moldova with Lufthansa (economy), how much would my 2nd checked bag cost?
    Thank you.

    • Hi Eugenia, this route should be classified as a “Medium Intercontinental Route” as you’re going from US East Coast to/from Europe. This means if you’ve booked a true economy fare (and not economy light), it will likely cost you $230 each way for your second checked bag, for a total of $460. However, we cannot confirm with 100% certainty since we are not Lufthansa Airlines – we suggest contacting their customer service line at: 1-800-645-3880. Hope this helps!

  12. Christine Windebank · January 8, 2019 · Reply

    Hello, I have a question. I will be travelling Lufthansa premium economy from Hong Kong to Munich (with connecting flight to London) in July. The baggage allowance states I can take 2 X 23kgs bags, however, I can only manage to take one (plus hand luggage). I presume that one bag of 32kg will be permissible? I’m confused because I’ve been caught like this a few years ago. I’d really appreciate an answer, if possible. Many thanks.

    • Stephen Au · January 11, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Christine,

      Thanks for reading. You will need to bring luggage that fits their weight restrictions. It is advisable for you to split the luggage into 2 bags, otherwise you will be subject to overweight baggage fees.

  13. Hi, I have to travel from Bengaluru > Frankfurt > SFO (Economy).
    What would be 2nd/Extra baggage fees for this?

  14. Boyko Hadjiyski · January 12, 2019 · Reply

    Hello, I have Frequent Traveler status. Now flying from Washington to Munich to Sofia with Eco Light ticket. I have one luggage up to 23 kg and one cabin baggage. Do I need to pay for the piece of luggage up to 23 kg ?

  15. I am seaman and have a booked flight to disembark a ship from Miami to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to Sofia and Sofia – Varna. I will carry 2pcs 23kg luggage. Please advise if I will be charged for the second 23kg luggage and if “YES” what will be the amount. Usually seaman have 2pcs of luggage allowance. Thank you!

  16. I have some employees that are travelling back from Baku, a week later than arranged, on the flight out they payed for extra baggage and for the return flight, with the receipt would this be able to transfer to this new flight?.

    • Jeff Brownson · January 29, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Gary. Sorry for the delayed reply. The answer to this would depend on how the return tickets were changed. If you just skipped or canceled the return and booked a new set of tickets a week later, the previously paid baggage would not transfer. If you changed the flights through Lufthansa and are still on the same tickets, I would think that Lufthansa would be able to transfer the extra baggage as well. You would need to contact them directly to take care of this.

  17. I have one carry on bag and 23 kg bag on lufthansa I have my daughter stroller but she is not travelling with me what shall I do?

    • Katie Seemann · March 11, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Doha,
      Usually strollers are free when kids are traveling, but I am not sure about the policy if the child is not traveling. In that case, the stroller might be viewed as excess baggage and subject to a fee. I would suggest calling the airlines before your flight to see how they will handle it.

  18. I will travel back from DFW to Denmark (but stop at Frankfurt). I need an assistant service since I’m 59 years old. My ticket allows for 1 baggage 23kg and 1 carry on. However, I have another bag (23kg). Do I have to pay for this 2nd luggage? How much should I have to pay?

    • Hi Loan, since we aren’t Lufthansa Airlines, we can’t help with the assistant service part – if you mean that you will need assistance to travel within the DFW airport, simply let someone know at the check-in counter.

      As you can find in the “Additional / Excess Baggage Fees” section above, your extra bag should cost $60 USD.

  19. ZIAD DAGHER · March 14, 2019 · Reply

    Hey, if i am traveling from Poland to the Middle East on economy class, what are the fees to be paid for an extra 23Kg baggage? And lets say the extra baggage weighs 10kg ,will it be same as 23kg?
    Thank you.

    • Catherine Luther · March 15, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Ziad,

      Poland to the Middle East would fall under Lufthansa’s ‘Short Intercontinental route’ category, so if you’re flying Economy, a 2nd piece of checked baggage would cost EUR150/USD172 per one way route. They don’t offer varying weight categories for additional baggage so the cost would be the same for an additional 10kg bag as it would be for a 23kg bag.

      The other option would be to pay excess weight for the checked bag within your free baggage allowance. For a bag weighing from 24kg – 32kg you would pay EUR100/USD115 per one way route so a little cheaper than the additional bag but you would only have 8kg additional weight rather than up to 23kg when paying for the additional bag.

      Hope that helps!

  20. Hi,
    I will be traveling from Sofia to Tunis through Frankfurt in economy class, i know that I have 23kg bag allowance but I want to know the price of a second 23kg bag, also is it possible to add and pay it in my online account or it should be only over phone or in the airport.
    thanks in advance.

    • Catherine Luther · March 25, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Talel,

      Sofia to Tunis with Lufthansa would be price zone 2, so if you’re traveling in Economy, then the cost of an extra bag (up to 23kg and 158 cm) would be EUR 80/USD 92 per way. This is providing that you booked the flight through Frankfurt as a combined fare and not as two separate flights.

      You can pre-pay luggage online on the Lufthansa website under the ‘My Booking’section or you can contact their Call Centre using one of these phone numbers that best suits your country or region.

      Hope this helps!

  21. Hi
    I have bought a ticket to Istanbul and have no idea about the differences between the kind of Economy fares. Therefore, I’m going to have trouble with the luggage weight.
    To make the story short, if my flight going to Istanbul is Economy Lite, should i pay for the luggage up to 23 kg? And another more important question is about the fee i should pay: should it be continental(25 Euros) or international (50 Euros)?
    Thank you for attending

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