Free baggage rules on Lufthansa

The permitted free baggage allowance is determined by the service class booked and the status of the passenger and is shown on the ticket/Passenger Receipt.

The following basic regulations apply for the free baggage allowance on all intercontinental flights operated by Lufthansa:

New fares on European flights

For flights within Europe the free baggage rules are determined by the new Europe fare options:


With the new Light fare, one piece of baggage weighing up to 23 kg can be booked for a fee. With the Classic and Flex fares, as usual, one piece of baggage weighing up to 23 kg is free.

The new fares on European routes and the related baggage regulations apply for tickets issued starting 28 July 2015 and departures starting 1 October 2015. For departures up to 30 September, the previous free baggage allowance regulations apply for Economy Class and Business Class, which are identical to the regulations for intercontinental flights.

More information on the new European fares

Free baggage dimensions


The maximum size per piece of baggage, regardless of class, is 158 cm (width + height + depth).

Items of baggage that are larger or heavier than the permitted dimensions and weight or that are additional to the free baggage allowance will be carried as excess baggage for a flat fee.* Items that weigh more than 32 kg will be transported by air freight for a charge. For further information, please visit the Excess and Special Baggage page.

Ski or snowboarding equipment as free baggage

In addition to your free baggage allowance, you may take one piece of ski or snowboarding equipment free of charge on your Lufthansa flight.**/*** The maximum weight of an additional piece of ski or snowboarding equipment must be within the weight limits of the travel class you have booked.

Please register your ski baggage without fail no later than 23 hours before departure with the Lufthansa Service Centre. This is only necessary so that Lufthansa can ensure that your ski baggage is carried.

Further information on taking ski baggage with you

Extended free baggage rules for:

Status customers

A higher free baggage allowance applies to Frequent Travellers, Senators, HON Circle Members and Star Alliance Gold members.

Further information for status customers

Passengers with sports baggage

Sports bags can be checked in free of charge as part of your permitted free baggage allowance.


Further information for passengers with sports baggage

Passengers with children

Children under two years of age generally have a free baggage allowance of one bag up to 23 kg. Children aged two and over enjoy the same free baggage allowance as adults.

Free baggage rules for children

Certain routes

Specific free baggage allowances apply to Economy Class passengers on certain routes. New: Economy Class passengers flying to/from Japan on a ticket issued since 8 January may take two bags with them, each up to 23 kg.

Exceptions for Economy Class

Most Significant Carrier Rule (MSC)


This rule states that on flights which are operated by several airlines, the baggage regulations of the airline that operates the geographically longest or most significant stretch of the journey apply.

Specific rules apply to US and Canadian flights:
Special regulations USA and Canada

*This does not apply for the new Economy Class Light fares on European flights booked starting 28 July 2015 and departures starting 1 October 2015. Here, a regular piece of baggage of up to 23 kg can be booked for a fee.
**All routes except for those to/from the USA, Canada, Mexico and Central America (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama).
*** This does not apply for the new Economy Class Light fare on European flights for bookings starting 28 July 2015 and departure starting 1 October 2015.

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