Should your baggage exceed the limitations of the baggage allowance regarding the number of pieces, its size or its weight we will have to charge a fee for your excess baggage. You can calculate it yourself and plan it into your travel budget right from the start. The charges specified always refer to a single route (charges should therefore be added up for outbound and return flights).
MSC (Most Significant Carrier) rule effective from 1 April 2011
Effective from 1 April 2011: these prices apply to the leg of the journey you have been checked in for, if you are flying the first leg of your journey with Lufthansa. For other airlines the calculation may be done according to the relevant airline’s rules.
If Lufthansa operates the geographically longest or most significant stretch of the journey, then the rules and charges effective since 1 January 2010 (Weight Concept) or 15 March 2011 (Piece Concept) still apply.
Charges based on the ‘weight concept’ for tickets issued up to 1 June 2011
Please note that the weight concept only applies to tickets issued up until 1 June 2011. For tickets issued on or after 1 June 2011, the ‘piece concept’ applies in every case. Details of the applicable rules and charges are available on the page:
Excess baggage rules effective from 1 June 2011
The Lufthansa zone system is an especially concise rule to calculate the excess baggage rate. The amount is not linked to the ticket price, but based on the destination. So for a flight within Germany, for example, the fee for one kilo of excess baggage is €5; on a flight from Germany to Spain it is €10, and to Africa or Asia €30. A minimum fee of 30 euros will be charged in all cases.
|Zones and prices|
|Zone 1: Within Germany, Italy as well as routes between|
third countries on which Lufthansa passengers are carried (e.g. in the Middle East,
|Zone 2: Within ||€10/kg|
|Zone 3: Between Zone 2 and CIS as well as the Middle East (exclusive Cairo).||€20/kg|
|Zone 4: Between Zone 2 and Africa (exclusive East- West- and Cetral-Africa) and Asia (exclusive Japan).||€30/kg|
|Zone 5: Between Zones 3 and 4 and with two consecutive long-haul flights(e.g. from Johannesburg via Frankfurt to Hong Kong).||€40/kg|
These prices apply to the leg of the journey you have been checked in for, if you are flying the first leg of your journey with Lufthansa. For other airlines the calculation may be done according to the IATA regulations for this.
Please note that for tickets issued up to 31 December 2009 the old regulations and charges still apply for Economy Class flights operated by Lufthansa between Europe
and the USA, Canada and Mexico.
Excess and special baggage for tickets issued up to 31 December 2009
Charges based on the 'Piece Concept' for tickets issued from 15 March 2011
For all routes not mentioned above, the Piece Concept will be used as the basis for calculating the excess baggage charge.
Please go to the free baggage allowances section for baggage allowances and maximal maximum sizes and weights per piece of luggage, the different rules for each class of travel: First (F)/Business (C)/Economy (Y) and special regional details.
For example, 1 piece of luggage weighing a maximum of 23kg and with a maximum dimension of 158cm plus one additional free ski baggage is allowed in Economy Class between Europe incl. Yekaterinburg, India and the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. In other regions, up to 2 pieces of luggage weighing a maximum of 23kg are allowed, and 32kg per piece of luggage in First and Business Class.
Excess baggage charges are always made for a checked portion. For passengers with a baggage allowance according to the Piece Concept on routes with a Weight Concept (e.g. after a stopover), the Piece Concept baggage allowance will continue to apply. However, excess baggage charges will then be calculated according to the Weight Concept (price per kg).
Charges according to country of departure or arrival
Piece Concept rates are tiered according to arrival and departure countries. The following PDFs contain tables giving summaries of charges:
If you have any queries, please contact the Lufthansa Service Center before your departure.
Sport and special baggage for tickets issued from 1 January 2010
We want you to be able to continue your sports activities even when you are travelling. For this reason, Lufthansa offers special excess baggage rates for sports baggage. Please not that you need to register sports baggage 24 hours before the flight. Because of limited capacities and different regulations with partner airlines, we cannot definitely guarantee for your booking that special or excess baggage will be accepted.
Sports baggage is divided into three categories: Small, Medium and Large. You will find the relevant rates and exceptions for the categories for both baggage options in the lists below. Any pieces of baggage that do not appear in the lists will be charged according to their weight and/or size for the corresponding category.
Sporting equipment where the ‘Weight Concept’ applies for tickets issued from 1 June 2010
For the Weight Concept, one ski equipment in addition to the baggage allowance is free of charge. Any additional piece of sports baggage in the Small category is part of the baggage allowance, and only charged at the relevant rate if it exceeds the baggage allowance.
For tickets issued from 1 June 2011 onwards, the following applies:
all passengers have the option of taking one sports bag (categorised as ‘small’) with them as part of their valid free baggage allowance. What is more, they may also take one bag containing ski equipment (this does not apply on North Atlantic routes).
Sporting Equipment where the 'Piece Concept’ applies
For the Piece Concept, sports baggage in the category Small, including Golf and Ski, is included in the baggage allowance and will only be charged if the number of permitted pieces of luggage is exceeded. All other types of sports equipment will be charged for.
Where only one piece of luggage is included in the baggage allowance in Economy Class, one additional piece of ski baggage is allowed free of charge.
We have summarized the charges for Small, Medium and Large pieces of luggage in a table that can be printed out as a PDF document.
To PDF for sports baggage/Piece and Weight Concept
Small: up to 15 kg and/or 1.40 m
Medium: 15-32 kg and/or 1.41-2 m
Large: over 32 kg and/or over 2 m
Sports equipment that exceeds the standard dimensions for baggage or the weight of the free baggage allowance must not contain any other objects from your baggage. If it does, the normal excess baggage fee will be charged according to the zone or per item (see above).
|More information about sport and special baggage|
|Ski/water ski equipment||One pair of skis, one pair of ski sticks, boots, one snowboard, one pair of standard water skis or one slalom water ski.
If you are booking your flight online and would like to take your ski gear with you, then please call the reservations hotline after you have made your online booking. Please register your ski bag there under your booking code.
Note: this applies solely to Lufthansa flights and flights operated by LH Regional. If you are travelling with another airline, please contact your operating carrier directly.
|Golf equipment||One golf bag including golf clubs, balls and one pair of golf shoes.|
|Surfboards||Surfboards longer than 200 cm are classified as windsurfing boards.|
|Windsurfing boards and hang gliders||The maximum permissible weight for this equipment is 50 kg (109 lb). If this limit is exceeded the equipment must be sent as cargo. In this case please contact a Lufthansa Cargo office (in Germany: +49 - 180 57 47 100)**.|
|Diving equipment||Diving suit and jacket, mask, snorcel, fins, regulator, lamp (switched off, energy source separately packed, removed battery protected against short circuit), packed together in a bag plus one empty tankbottle.|
|Angling equipment||One bait box, angler bag or basket, and one rod, bag or box.|
|Weapons and ammunition||Weapons used for sport or hunting must be declared and are then only charged for if they are transported in a separate weapons case. Small weapons, which are packed in checked baggage and which do not exceed the free baggage allowance, will not incur a charge.
Exception: an additional charge is always levied in the following countries: South Africa €50, Italy €60, Turkey €30, Great Britain from January 1st, 2011 £50.
Please note the Regulations for the transport of dangerous goods.
|Other special baggage||Special fees and conditions apply to the transport of musical instruments, bulky baggage items and other special baggage. Please obtain information in good time from your local Lufthansa Service Team.|
*Each of the quoted Piece Concept fees are valid for one baggage item. The Piece Concept excess baggage fee is based on the flight route. Please contact your local Lufthansa Service Team for help with your calculation.
**0,14 Euro/min. from german landline network. Call charges from german mobile networks max. 0,42 Euro/min.