Seat selection and advance seat reservation

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Whether it’s a window or an 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:

Seat selection free of charge during check-in

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.

Adding or changing seats later

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).

Operationally necessary seat changes

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.

Advance seat reservations on flights not operated by Lufthansa, Lufthansa Regional or Austrian Airlines

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.

Advance seat reservation for Business and First Class

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).

Advance seat reservation for HON Circle Members and Senators

Lufthansa HON Circle Members and Senators can reserve their seats free of charge in advance regardless of travel class. Excluded from this are bookings of the Economy Class Light fare on Europe flights.

For companions of HON Circle Members and Senators travelling on the Economy Class Flex fare on European flights, the reservation of a seat with more legroom is subject to a fee.

For companions of HON Circle Members and Senators travelling on the Economy Class Classic fare on European flights, the reservation of a seat with more legroom and in the preferred seating zone is subject to a fee.

On long-haul flights, advance seat reservation is free of charge for Lufthansa HON Circle Members and Senators and up to three of their companions in all travel classes and for all seats.

Conditions for advance seat reservations

  • 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.

Advance seat reservations on long-haul flights operated by Lufthansa as code-share flights

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.