Free baggage allowance for tickets issued from 1 June 2012

For the free baggage allowance Lufthansa uses the standard ‘piece’ concept. The permitted free baggage allowance is in accordance with the service class used and can vary in terms of the number of pieces of free baggage allowed as well as the weight of those pieces of baggage. For tickets purchased from 1 June 2012 the following allowances apply.

Miles & More status customers and Star Alliance Gold Members enjoy an additional free baggage allowance over and above this.

Please note the free baggage allowance shown on your ticket or Passenger Receipt.

Free baggage allowances at a glance:

GeneralFrequent TravellersSenators/ HON
Circle Members/ Star Alliance Gold Members
Economy Class
1 bag up to 23 kg2 bags up to 23 kg each2 bags up to 23 kg each
Business Class
2 bags up to 32 kg each2 bags up to 32 kg each3 bags up to 32 kg each
First Class
3 bags up to 32 kg each
3 bags up to 32 kg each4 bags up to 32 kg each
Additional
sports bag
All routes except from/to USA, Canada, Mexico and Central America*:
+ 1 ski bag
All routes except from/to USA, Canada, Mexico and Central America*:
+ 1 ski bag
All routes except from/to USA, Canada, Mexico and Central America*:
+ 1 ski bag
+ 1 golf bag

Please note that the maximum size per item does not exceed 158cm (length + width + height). Fees will apply for bags that go over the free baggage allowance either in dimensions or weight. The same rule applies for additional bags. Below you will find an overview of excess baggage regulations and the flat fees for excess baggage:


For tickets issued from 15 January 2013 (PDF)

For tickets issued from 1 June 2012 (PDF)
For tickets issued before 1 June 2012 (PDF)


The free baggage allowance for children under two years of age is one piece of baggage weighing up to 23 kg and one folding pushchair.

*Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama.

Exemptions

First Class
Business Class
Economy Class
From/to West- and Central Africa*
3 bags each weighing up to
32 kg
2 bags each weighing up to
32 kg
2 bags each weighing up to
23 kg
From/ to Japan3 bags each weighing up to
32 kg
2 bags each weighing up to
32 kg
2 bags each weighing up to
23 kg
Between South Africa and USA/Canada3 bags each weighing up to
32 kg
2 bags each weighing up to
32 kg
2 bags each weighing up to
23 kg
Between USA/Canada and India, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Iran**
3 bags each weighing up to
32 kg
2 bags each weighing up to
32 kg
2 bags each weighing up to
23 kg
Star-Around-The-World Ticket
3 bags each weighing up to
32 kg
2 bags each weighing up to
32 kg
2 bags each weighing up to
23 kg
Journey starting in Brazil (outbound and return flight)
3 bags each weighing up to
32 kg
2 bags each weighing up to
32 kg
2 bags each weighing up to
23 kg

*Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Kinshasa), Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda

**Applies only to flights with Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines or Air Canada flight numbers on flights operated by Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Air Canada or United Airlines to/from destinations in the USA flown to by Lufthansa and to/from destinations in Canada flown to by Air Canada. Exceptions apply only on routings via Europe. Not applicable on other carriers’ flights. Please note that only the free baggage allowances shown on your ticket or passenger receipt apply to you.

Click here for information on free baggage allowance for children, the transportation of pushchairs, wheelchairs and foods of animal origin.

Most Significant Carrier rule (MSC) effective since 1 April 2011

Effective since 1 April 2011: if the geographically longest or most significant stretch of your journey is not operated by Lufthansa, but by another airline, this airline’s rules may also apply to Lufthansa flights or Lufthansa flight numbers.

If Lufthansa operates the geographically longest or most significant stretch of the journey, then the rules and charges effective since 1 June 2011 apply.

The applicable free baggage allowance is shown on your ticket.

The MSC rule does not apply to journeys to/from the USA.

Special baggage rules for travel to/from or across the USA


Under a consumer protection law issued by the US Department of Transportation, the following baggage rules apply to flights to/from or across the USA:


  • Consistent baggage rules apply to all parts of a journey to/from or across the USA. These include the free baggage allowance, the dimensions and weight of each of your bags, the level of any charges that may be incurred and hand luggage regulations.
  • The baggage rules set by the airline which is listed first on the ticket are those that usually apply here. If Lufthansa is listed on the first flight segment of your ticket, then Lufthansa’s baggage regulations will apply to your entire journey(1) — both your outbound and your return flight.
  • However, any airline which is listed as the first carrier on the ticket is at liberty to transfer the baggage rule stipulation to another airline in the itinerary (the so-called ‘Most Significant Carrier’). In such a case that other airline’s rules would then apply to the entire journey.
  • Lufthansa therefore cannot guarantee that, for a Lufthansa-issued ticket, the Lufthansa baggage rules will always apply in every case. Other airlines often have baggage rules which differ from those of Lufthansa.
For details of the free baggage allowance applying to your individual flight, please see your ticket and the e-mail confirmation which you receive from Lufthansa.

(1)Hand luggage rules may vary due to local laws.

Local restrictions on baggage weight

Please note that the maximum weight limit per single piece of baggage is 45kg for all flights (outbound and return, as well as transfers).

To the destinations listed below, irrespective of class, the maximum weight per single piece of baggage is 32kg:
Abu Dhabi, Almaty, Amsterdam, Astana, Australia, Basel, Billund, Bari, Bruessels, Cyprus, Donetsk, Doha, Dubai, Dublin, Florence, France, Genoa, Johannesburg, Khartum, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Luanda, Malta, Muscat, Naples, New Zealand, Rostov, Rotterdam, Saudi Arabia, Sofia, Spain, South Africa, Stockholm, Turin, United Kingdom, Verona

Bags which exceed these weights will not be accepted as checked baggage. You can have them sent by cargo and at cargo rates.

Maximum weights and conditions for free baggage allowance are not affected by this regulation.

Excess- and special baggage

If you find that your luggage exceeds the free baggage allowance, you can still take it with you, as before, on payment of an excess baggage charge.

Excess and special baggage

Free baggage allowance rules for tickets issued before 1 June 2012

Please note that for tickets issued before 1 June 2012, the old rules and charges for Lufthansa-operated flights still apply.

Free baggage allowance for tickets issued before 1 June 2012

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