Deutsche Lufthansa AG, commonly known as Lufthansa, is the largest German airline and, when its fleet is combined with subsidiaries, it has the largest airline in Europe by fleet size. Though its corporate headquarters are based out of Cologne, Germany, Lufthansa’s main operation base, named the Lufthansa Aviation Center, is based at their primary hub at Frankfurt Airport.
Established in 1955, Lufthansa is one of the founding members of the world’s largest airline alliance, Star Alliance, since its inception in 1997. In 2017, Lufthansa was awarded “Europe’s Best Airline” by the Skytrax World Airline Awards, as voted by passengers. Lufthansa has mostly favorable reviews from its passengers and also holds a 4-star airline rating from Skytrax. Be sure to get the best deal on your next Lufthansa flight and subscribe to Skyscanner’s Price Alert for your next destination.
With 77% on-time arrivals, Lufthansa is the 32nd most punctual airline in the world. An average of 2% of Lufthansa’s flights are canceled and the average delay time is 34 minutes, with approximately 21% of flights experiencing some delay. As Lufthansa is a major domestic and international airline, they have a readily available assortment of fantastic destinations to fly to around the world and often cheap international flights. Here are some of the more popular Lufthansa destinations from their main hub in Frankfurt for both domestic and international flight paths:
Lufthansa International, Flights Per Month, Flight Time Per Route, Average Price Round Trip
Lufthansa is an airline service that flies to most of the major destinations around the world. Here are just some of the fantastic destinations that Lufthansa serves.
Lufthansa has a sizable fleet of aircraft with a wide variety of planes to meet passenger needs. Lufthansa provides flights in Airbus model aircraft (A319-100, A320-200, A320neo, A321-100, A321-200, A330-300, A340-300, A340-600, A340-900, A380-800) as well as Boeing aircraft models (747-400, 747-8). Lufthansa operates a total of 272 aircrafts, including cargo models, that make up the entirety of their fleet. They currently have new aircraft models in production from both Airbus (A321neo) and Boeing (777-9) which will be delivered in the near future.
Loyalty Programs, Discounts and Miles Promotions
Lufthansa's Miles & More program is one of the leading frequent flier programs in Europe. With your Miles & More points, you can spend and earn miles with both Lufthansa and its over 300 partners. Once you've registered for a Miles & More card, you simply present your card when booking (or input your Miles & Smiles account number while booking online) and start collecting. Because Lufthansa has partnered with over 300 businesses, the next time you're booking a vacation, check to see whether the hotel you're staying at, the car rental company you're using, or the cruise ship you're eyeing are eligible to receive Miles & More points.
Additionally, you can also register for a Miles & More Mastercard and take advantage of everyday purchases that will help you gain miles towards rewards every single day. While you can use your Miles & More miles towards flight awards, you can also use your miles towards hotel rentals, starting from just 3000 miles redeemed. You can also use your miles to rent a car or you can even donate your points to Lufthansa's charity, help alliance, and your donation will help individuals who are lacking necessities all over the world. No matter how you choose to spend your miles, Miles & More is a program that delivers for its passengers.
How to Check In, Seat Assignment, Leg Room and Other Fees
With Lufthansa tickets, booking is simple and there are many options available to you, depending on your needs and preference. For those who want to book and check-in online and wish to avoid long waits, there are mobile and online options for check-in. With your smartphone, you can download the Lufthansa mobile app where you can conveniently check-in, print or download your boarding passes, manage your Lufthansa booking, shop for Lufthansa deals, find Lufthansa flights, and check the status of your Miles & More account. You are also able to check-in at the airport with Lufthansa, though you may experience longer wait times if there is a line at Lufthansa check-in, so plan your trip to the airport accordingly. Check-in for Lufthansa is available from as early as 23 hours before your flight. The deadline for check-in depends on the area you are flying from and to, so be sure to check Lufthansa's extensive check-in directory to be sure that you don't miss your check-in/baggage drop off.
On Lufthansa, you decide where you sit on the plane at check-in. While there is normally not a fee for Lufthansa seat selection, you will need to pay more if you are looking for a seat with more leg room or if you are looking to upgrade to Business Class. On some European flights, the Economy Light fare will be charged an $11 USD fee per Lufthansa seat selection. As with most airlines if you require more legroom it is best to be seated in either an exit row or upgrade your ticket to a seat that includes more room (such as Business Class).
Baggage Allowance and Fees
Lufthansa baggage allowance gives its passenger's free baggage depending on the class of your ticket, your fare, and your passenger status with Lufthansa. For intercontinental flights, such as Lufthansa's Canada baggage allowance, Economy is allowed 1 bag up to 23kg in weight, Premium Economy Class is allowed 2 bags up to 23kg each, Business class is allowed 2 bags up to 32kg each, and First Class is allowed 3 bags up to 32kg each. There are some exceptions, including flights from Scandinavia to the US where the fare does not include a free checked bag, however, it does include one carry-on bag (up to 8kg).
If you require additional checked baggage on European flights, you can increase your Lufthansa baggage allowance for a fee. For flights within Germany, the cost of an additional bag (up to 23 kg) is $16 USD at LH.com, prior to departure; at the ticket desk and check-in counters, the cost is $35 USD; at the gate, the cost for an additional bag is $60 USD. The cost for baggage on International flights within Europe is different for passengers than those flying domestically. If you are paying for an extra bag for a European international flight, the cost is $27 USD on LH.com, $44 USD at the ticket desk and check-in counters, and $60 USD at the gates.
If you are traveling on Lufthansa with carry-on baggage, be sure that your baggage fits within their dimension requirements for carry-on bags (55 x 40 x 23 cm) and for foldable garment bags (57 x 54 x 15 cm). Additionally, each passenger is allowed one other item of carry-on baggage (e.g. purse, a laptop bag) that must be safely stowed during the flight either under the seat in front of you or in the overhead bins.
Service On Board: In-flight Entertainment and Meals
Lufthansa offers a variety of in-flight entertainment options for its travelers. For long-haul flights, Lufthansa has in-seat screens that passengers can utilize or, on medium-haul aircraft, the Lufthansa Entertainment app offers entertainment through your personal mobile device.
For long-haul flights, Lufthansa boasts over 100 films, in up to 8 languages, as well as over 200 TV programs. In addition, there is a wide selection family-friendly and children-friendly entertainment options to help the flight go smoothly. Lufthansa also understands the desire to watch a complete series and offers "box sets" of specific TV series so that passengers (especially frequent fliers) can enjoy an entire series on their flight. If music is more your style, during your next long-haul with Lufthansa, be sure to listen to one of their over 50 music playlists, or check out their selection of music albums, with a variety of options from pop, to classical and more. In addition. Lufthansa also offers audiobooks in both English and German for passengers to enjoy.
For passengers who are more interested in using their own personal devices, Lufthansa now offers FlyNet, their own in-flight internet service, for many of their short, medium and long-haul flights. FlyNet accepts major credit cards and Pay Pal as payment for its services, alternatively, you can also use your Miles & More miles as a payment method if you have sufficient miles. Prices range depending on how long you use FlyNet for, but prices start at $10 USD for 1 hour and up to $19 USD for a full 24 hours.
Depending on the length of the flight, Lufthansa has an expansive food service for its passengers. On long-haul flights, meals always include cocktail service, a 3-course menu, which gives you a choice between two meal options, and a second meal if the flight length permits. Snacks will be provided depending on the lengths and necessity during the flight. Alcoholic beverages are also served during flights, and also hot and cold non-alcoholic drinks.
Lufthansa also offers region-specific dishes during some of its flights that have been designed by regional chefs, so depending on where you're flying from or to, you might have a dish that has been specially designed for that area. Additionally, if you are traveling with children, Lufthansa has specific children's menus where you are able to choose from many delicious and fun options for your kids. Children's meals can be requested during booking at no extra fee on all long-haul flights with Lufthansa.
Child Fares/Fees, Minor Service Guidelines
Lufthansa has great in-flight services for both you and your child. During long-haul flights, Lufthansa provides baby cots that can be used for children up to 14kg in weight and 83cm in length. They can be reserved up to 48 hours before a flight as they are limited in quantities. If you decide to use a baby pram, you may also have to pay for a seat assignment for your baby. Be sure to check with the airline for more information before you make your decision. Children up to 2 years old do not have to have their own seat assignment during Lufthansa flights and may sit on the lap of an adult guardian. If the child is 2 years of age or older, they must have their own seat. If you are a parent traveling with more than one child, only 1 child may sit on your lap and the other must have its own seat assignment.
For children traveling alone, Lufthansa offers a variety of services to ensure that your child is properly taken care of. At booking, be sure to let Lufthansa know that your child will be traveling alone. Children between 5 and 11 years old may only fly unaccompanied if they are using Lufthansa's special in-flight services or if they are traveling with someone who is at least 12 years old. If your child is 12 years of age or older, they may fly unaccompanied, however, you can still request a special child minding service for children up to 17 years of age. For flights within Germany, each segment of the flight costs $90 USD. For intercontinental flights, the childminding costs are $150 USD per flight segment.
It is your responsibility as a parent or guardian to ensure that all proper travel documents are provided to the airline before your child flies with Lufthansa. If you have any further questions, be sure to contact the airline prior to your child's flight.
When flying with Lufthansa, pets are limited to 2 per passenger and only small dogs and cats are able to fly within the cabin itself, provided they have an acceptable container to travel within. The container must be waterproof and bite proof with maximum dimensions of 55 x 40 x 23cm and the animals themselves must not weigh more than 8kg. Larger animals must be transported in the aircraft's hold. For medium-sized animals, their container must not be larger than 60 x 45 x 40cm. For large animals traveling in the cargo hold, their container must not be larger than 125 x 75 x 85cm.
The charge for small animals in the cabin depends on the region. Small animals in the cabin traveling in Europe and third countries, the charge is $70 USD; for intercontinental, the charge is $100 USD. For medium-sized animals traveling in the cargo hold, the charge for traveling within Europe and third countries is $150 USD; the fee for intercontinental is $200 USD. For large animals in the cargo hold, the charge for traveling within Europe is $300 USD; the charge for intercontinental is $400 USD.
Certain breeds of fighting dogs, as well as many other kinds of pets, are prohibited on Lufthansa flights. Be sure to check with the airline prior to your flight to ensure that your pet is acceptable. It is your responsibility to have all proper documentation concerning your pet for the airline and that you are aware whether your pet is allowed to travel to your destination country.
Lufthansa Frankfurt Contact: +49 69 6960
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