Seat selection and advance seat reservation
Regardless of whether it is a window or aisle seat or a seat with more legroom: Lufthansa offers you the opportunity of reserving seats for yourself and your travelling companions in advance or of selecting them at check-in.
How do I reserve a seat?
Book your preferred seat directly while booking your flight, or at a later time.
You can find all the information on optional, chargeable advance seat reservation in Premium Economy Class and Economy Class here:
Further information and conditions
Of course, all the remaining seats can still be selected free of charge once check-in for the relevant flight begins, usually from 23 hours before departure. Please note that, in this case, the selection can in some circumstances be limited.
You can also reserve a seat even after you have completed your booking, up to 52 hours before departure. Retrieve your trip under ‘My bookings’ and book or change your seat there afterwards.
Changes are only possible to seats at the same or a lower price, and charges already paid will not be reimbursed.
Please note that a confirmed advance seat reservation does not give you a legal right to a particular seat on board the aircraft (e.g. seat 3A) but only to the selected category (e.g. aisle, window, seat with more legroom).
- The flight is operated by Lufthansa, Lufthansa Regional (Air Dolomiti, Lufthansa CityLine), Lufthansa Express Rail (DB) or Austrian Airlines.
- The flight booking is confirmed (no waiting list bookings).
- The advance seat reservation is made at least 52 hours before departure.
If Lufthansa has to change your advance seat reservation, e.g. because of a late change in the aircraft type, Lufthansa will do its best to reserve an equivalent new seat for you. In such cases, priority is first given to seating passengers who are travelling together, e.g. families, alongside each other once more. After this, seats with more legroom in the emergency exit rows, and the aisle, window and middle seats are allocated.
If a new seat allocation is not possible in the same category (e.g. aisle, window, seat with more legroom), you can arrange a reimbursement of the fee you have paid via the Lufthansa Service Center.
Please note that advance seat reservations on flights not operated by Lufthansa, Lufthansa Regional or Austrian Airlines, in particular in Economy Class, are possible only to a limited extent or not at all. Please contact the airline operating the flight.
On long-haul flights, advance seat reservation is free of charge for passengers in Business and First Class (advance seat reservation on continental feeder flights is subject to a fee).
Lufthansa HON Circle Members and Senators traveling with up to three companions can reserve seats free of charge on flights operated by Lufthansa, Lufthansa Regional and Lufthansa Cityline (except in the "Economy Light" fare on short-haul flights) in all booking classes.
You can also make advance seat reservations on long-haul flights if the flights are booked with another airline, but operated by Lufthansa as so-called code-share flights.
Please note that this will lead to a separate contract being concluded between you as the passenger and Lufthansa as the operating airline. This contract is legally independent of your existing flight booking with another airline.
In accordance with the Italian ENAC regulation, on flights to and from Italy you are entitled to an advance seat reservation free of charge if you fulfil one of the following conditions:
- You are travelling with a child between the ages of 2 and 12 and/or
- You are physically or mentally impaired or are travelling as an accompanying escort.
In these cases, at check-in, the Lufthansa Group will seat you together free of charge.