Free baggage rules at Lufthansa
The following basic regulations apply for the free baggage allowance on all intercontinental flights operated by Lufthansa:
New fares on European flights
Booking an extra piece of baggage
Please note: once paid, the baggage fee is not refundable.
Add a first piece of baggage
With the Classic and Flex fares, you can take one bag up to 23 kg per person free of charge, as usual.
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.
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
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
Free baggage rules for children
- Children under two have a free baggage allowance of one piece up to 23 kg. */****
- Children aged two or over have the same free baggage allowance as adults.
- Additionally, a car seat or folding buggy or pram or a baby carrier may be carried as carry-on baggage free of charge. Further information is provided on the Carry-on Baggage page.
- Further information about taking child seats and Moses baskets on board with you is listed on our ‘Safety for infants on board’ page.
Extended free baggage rules for:
Further information for status customers
Passengers with sports baggage
Further information for passengers with sports baggage
Exceptions for Economy Class
Which baggage regulations apply to checked baggage in the case of journeys operated by several airlines?*
When booking a journey with several airlines the baggage regulations of the airline which flies the most significant route of the journey (usually the longest route geographically) and under whose flight number this route has been booked apply. For these purposes it is irrelevant which airline actually operates the flight.
The baggage regulations apply in each case up until the moment you break the journey for more than 24 hours (make a stopover).
You have booked a return flight from Vienna to Johannesburg with connections in Munich and Frankfurt.
Your outbound flight:
From Vienna to Munich with flight number OS 115 (OS = Austrian Airlines), operated by Austrian Airlines.
Continue without stopover from Munich to Johannesburg with flight number LH 9542 (LH = Lufthansa), operated by South African Airways.
The baggage provisions for your outbound flight therefore comply with Lufthansa’s baggage regulations.
Your return flight:
From Johannesburg to Frankfurt with flight number SA 7573 (SA = South African Airways), operated by Lufthansa.
Continue without stopover from Frankfurt to Vienna with flight number OS 7260 (OS = Austrian Airlines), operated by Lufthansa.
The baggage provisions for your return flight therefore comply with South African Airways’ baggage regulations.
* In the case of tickets issued before 01.04.2015 the following regulation applies: when booking a journey with several airlines the baggage regulations of the airline which flies the most significant route of the journey (usually the longest route geographically) and which actually operates the flight apply.
Special regulations USA and Canada
**All routes except for those to/from the USA, Canada, Mexico and Central America (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama).
***Here, a regular piece of baggage of up to 23 kg can be booked for a fee
****In this case only the accompanying adult can check in one piece of baggage. Additional pieces of baggage must be checked in as excess baggage.