Here you will find details of the changes to the free baggage allowance which will apply to tickets before 1 June 2012.


 
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Free baggage allowance for tickets issued before 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 before 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 Class1 bag up to 23 kg2 bags up to 23 kg each2 bags up to 23 kg each
Business Class2 bags up to 32 kg each2 bags up to 32 kg each3 bags up to 32 kg each
First Class3 bags up to 32 kg each3 bags up to 32 kg each4 bags up to 32 kg each
Additional
sports bag
All routes except for North Atlantic:
+ 1 ski bag
All routes except for North Atlantic: + 1 ski bagAll routes except for North Atlantic:
+ 1 ski bag
+ 1 golf bag
 

Please note the maximum dimensions per bag of 158 cm (width + height + depth).

Additionally, all passengers will in future 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 ski bag (this does not apply on North Atlantic routes).

One ski equipment = One pair of skis or water skis or one snowboard + 1 pair of ski sticks + 1 pair of ski boots + 1 ski helmet

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.

 
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Exemptions

First ClassBusiness ClassEconomy Class
From/to West- and Central Africa*3 bags each weighing up to 32 kg2 bags each weighing up to 32 kg2 bags each weighing up to 23 kg
From/ to Japan
3 bags each weighing up to 32 kg2 bags each weighing up to 32 kg2 bags each weighing up to 23 kg
between South Africa and USA/Canada3 bags each weighing up to 32 kg2 bags each weighing up to 32 kg2 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 kg2 bags each weighing up to 32 kg2 bags each weighing up to 23 kg
Star-Around-The-World Ticket3 bags each weighing up to 32 kg2 bags each weighing up to 32 kg2 bags each weighing up to 23 kg
Journey starting in Brazil (outbound and return flight)3 bags each weighing up to 32 kg2 bags each weighing up to 32 kg2 bags each weighing up to 32 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.

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

 
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MSC (Most Significant Carrier) rule 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 from 1 June 2011 will apply.

Please note the free baggage allowance shown on your ticket.

 
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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:

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  • 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.

 
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Local restrictions on baggage weight

Please note that the maximum weight limit per single piece of baggage is 45kg kg 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, Cape Town, Cyprus, Donetsk, Doha, Dubai, Dublin, Florence, France, Genoa, Johannesburg, Khartum, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Luanda, Malta, Muscat, New Zealand, Rostov, Saudi Arabia, Sofia, Spain, Turin, United Kingdom, Valencia, 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.

 
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Excess baggage rules effective before 1 June 2012

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 for tickets issued before 1 June 2012 (PDF)