If you plan on traveling with your pets, Lufthansa Airlines allows pets either in the cabin or in the cargo hold of its passenger aircraft, depending on the pet's weight and size. Your pet can also travel unaccompanied via Lufthansa Cargo. Here's how to book a pet flight on Lufthansa.
1) First you will need to determine whether your species of pet can travel in cabin. Lufthansa only allows dogs and cats in the passenger cabin of their aircraft. If you have a dog or cat, go to step 2. If you have another species of pet, go to step 4.
2) You may take a dog or cat into the cabin, if the weight of the animal (including transport container) does not exceed eight kilograms. If your pet and his carrier exceed these weight limits, go to step 4.
Travel Carrier for In-Cabin Pets: Your pet will need to be kept in an appropriate travel carrier measuring not more than 55 x 40 x 20 cm. You may use your own carrier if it has the necessary measurement and is watertight and bite-proof. In addition, Lufthansa Airlines offers those who travel with pets a "Pet Box" at most airports at the check-in counters free of charge. It is a good idea to call ahead and make sure they will have one available for your pet.
3) Call to Book Your Flight: To make reservations by phone, please contact your country's Lufthansa Reservations Office.
When you call to book your flight, you will need to notify the person making the reservation that you will be traveling with a pet in cabin. While you can book your flight up until the last minute, Lufthansa requires 24 hours advance notice of pets traveling in cabin. "Several countries only allow specific types of pets," says Martin Riecken, Head of Corporate Communications for Lufthansa. "Passengers will be informed about this during the reservation process."
4) If your pet cannot travel in cabin due to size or weight restrictions, or if you have a pet other than a dog or a cat, your pet can travel underneath the plane in the air-conditioned cargo hold.
Travel Crates for Pets as Cargo: Your pet's travel crate will need to be up to IATA (International Air Transport Association) standards. We sell IATA-approved pet travel crates through our website, which are suitable for domestic and international travel. Lufthansa also requires pet travel crates to be equipped with a water dish. We recommend attaching your pet's water dish to the inside of the crate door (see: All About Pet Travel Crates).
5) Call to Book Your Flight: To make reservations by phone, please contact your country's Lufthansa Reservations Office.
When you call to book your flight, you will need to notify the person making the reservation that you will be traveling with a pet in the cargo hold. While you can book your flight up until the last minute, Lufthansa requires 24 hours advance notice of pets accompanying their owners and traveling in the cargo hold.
Lufthansa German Airlines Pricing Structure for Accompanied Pets
On Lufthansa's European and long-haul flights (apart from Canada, Mexico and the US) the fare for pets is calculated based on the weight concept, listed below.
On flights to and from Canada, Mexico and the US, the piece concept applies. The pet does not count as one of the free pieces of baggage but will be calculated as an additional piece of luggage.
There is also the option of unaccompanied animals being carried by Lufthansa Cargo, which is primarily how PetRelocation.com books pets on Lufthansa for international flights. A cargo account is required and pricing is based off a dimensional or volume weight. If your pet is going to be traveling unaccompanied, it is best to obtain a quote from a PetRelocation.com Specialist by filling out our International Quote Request form.
PetRelocation.com's Pet Friendly Airline Spotlight series features our favorite pet friendly airlines for travel with pets. These Spotlights will highlight one airline each week, Monday through Thursday, through the month of May. We'll take a look at the various aspects of their pet programs, including amenities offered for pets, how to book a pet flight on each airline and their fee structures. For a look at the rest of our Airline Spotlight series, check out the Airline Spotlight page or on Twitter as #PetReloAS.