Planning a trip with children
Even before your holiday begins, you can make a number of preparations that will enable your whole family to enjoy a relaxed start to the holiday. With our clear PDF checklist, you’ll be the perfect holiday manager.
Important information about flying with children
We know where you sit as a family can make a difference to your trip so we aim to make it a little easier.
If you don't select your seats in advance, where possible we'll automatically reserve suitable seats for you approximately 23 hrs prior to your scheduled departure. If you can't all be seated together, we'll make reasonable efforts to ensure each child under 14 years of age is seated with an adult travelling on the reservation. Therefore, it’s important that you indicate in your reservation at the time of booking that you are travelling with young children.
As an alternative, you can contact our Call Centre and make a request to be seated with your children. As long as adjoining seats are available at the time the request is made, we will assign them to you without charging any seat selection fees.
If you have a child travelling alone using our unaccompanied minor service, we will choose a suitable seat for them and look after them during the flight.
- Seat children under the age of 5 directly beside their accompanying passenger. They must not be separated by an aisle unless the plane's layout requires it.
- Seat children aged 5 to 11 in the same row as their accompanying passenger and separated by no more than one seat (or the space of an aisle).
- Seat children aged 12 or 13 no more than two rows away from their accompanying passenger. This means that there should not be more than one row between them.
We can choose to be more general with how we describe our services in this regard. The seats just must be free of charge.
EU regulations state that every child must have his or her own travel document with a photograph. Unfortunately, including children on your passport is not valid, irrespective of the children’s ages. If your children are not yet in possession of child passports, passports or ID cards, we recommend that you apply for them as soon as possible.
When booking your flight, please state the ages of your children, as the respective fares will be based on this. Lufthansa differentiates between two types of children’s fare:
- Infant fare: Babies (0-2 years) who do not occupy a seat travel free on German domestic flights and for 10 per cent of the regular fare on all other routes.
- Child fare: Children aged between 2 and 11 years (up to their 12th birthday) must occupy their own seat and travel for 75 per cent of the regular price of the flight on most routes and on almost all fares. Please note that babies who turn 2 years old during the flight will be required to occupy their own seat and will be charged the child fare.
Checklist for planning a journey with children
With our clear PDF checklist, you’ll be the perfect holiday manager for a trip with your family.
Country-specific travel regulations
It is each passenger’s responsibility to find out about current entry and exit regulations and to take the required documents with them. Lufthansa accepts no responsibility in these circumstances.
You are responsible for obtaining all the required travel documents and visas for your journey for yourself and your children and for complying with all the rules of the countries from, to or over which you will be flying. The same applies to our regulations and instructions in this respect.