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.
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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)
- 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 Europe||Intercontinental|
|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 route||Economy & Premium Economy Class||Business & First Class |
|Max 23kg and smaller than 158cm||24-32kg and smaller than 158cm||24-32kg and larger than 158cm||Max 23kg||24-32kg 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 / $200||Heavier: €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 route||Economy & 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 Japan||Heavier: €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.
|Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card - This no annual fee card comes with a 20,000 mile welcome bonus (worth $200) once you spend $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening. When you use your card for travel purchases (e.g. baggage fees), use your miles to pay off all, or part of, your statement! This is why we like this card.|
|Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card - The "big brother" card to the VentureOne® with a larger 50,000 welcome bonus (worth $500) once you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening and you'll earn 10X miles per $1 spent across thousands of hotels.|
Exclusions & Waivers
Free baggage allowances for Frequent Travellers, Senators / HON Circle Members / Star Alliance Gold Members and SWISS Golf Traveller members*
Frequent Travellers: 3 pieces (32kg)
Senators, HON Circle Members, Star Alliance Gold Card Members: 4 pieces (32kg)
SWISS Golf Traveller: 3 pieces (32kg)
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)
Frequent Travellers: 2 pieces (23kg)
Senators, HON Circle Members, Star Alliance Gold Card Members: 2 pieces(23kg)
SWISS Golf Traveller: 1 piece (23kg)
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