Lufthansa Pet Travel: A Comprehensive Guide to Booking and Requirements | PetRelocation

relocating pets on Lufthansa Booking Your Pet's Flight on Lufthansa: Key Steps and Considerations

Lufthansa Airlines is a preferred choice for many pet owners when flying with their beloved furry companions. Whether your pet will accompany you in the cabin or travel in the cargo hold, Lufthansa offers safe and reliable options. In this guide, we'll explore how to book a pet flight on Lufthansa and the key considerations to ensure a seamless experience for you and your pet.

Accompanied Pets: Traveling in the Cabin

  1. Determine Eligibility: Lufthansa allows dogs and cats in the passenger cabin of their aircraft. Your pet and its carrier must not exceed eight kilograms (about 17 pounds) in total weight.

  2. Travel Carrier: Your pet's carrier must be airline-approved and measure no more than 55 x 40 x 23 cm. It must be watertight and bite-proof. Pets must remain inside the carrier throughout the flight.

  3. Booking Your Flight: Call Lufthansa Reservations Office. in your country to book your flight. Notify them that you're traveling with a pet in the cabin. Lufthansa requires 24 hours advance notice for pets in the cabin.


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Pets in the Cargo Hold: Larger Pets and Other Species

  1. Pet Eligibility: If your pet exceeds the cabin size or weight restrictions or is a species other than a dog or cat, it can travel in the temperature-controlled and pressurized cargo hold.

  2. Restricted Breeds: Some breeds (e.g., snub-nosed pets, certain terriers, and bulldogs) must travel as manifest cargo. Check Lufthansa's guidelines for breed restrictions.

  3. Travel Crates: Your pet's crate must meet IATA standards and be equipped with a water dish. Consider measuring your pet and choosing the right crate size.

  4. Booking Your Flight: To book as manifest cargo, hire a freight forwarder (e.g., PetRelocation) to arrange the booking. For excess baggage, call Lufthansa's Reservation Office. Provide 24 hours advance notice.


Lufthansa German Airlines Pricing Structure for Accompanied Pets

As for pricing, the fare for pets is calculated based on the size concept listed below. For more information, take a look at Lufthansa's website

Unaccompanied Pets: Lufthansa Cargo Option

There is also the option of unaccompanied animals being carried by Lufthansa Cargo, primarily how PetRelocation books pets on Lufthansa for international flights. A cargo account is required, and pricing is based on dimensional or volume weight. 


If your pet travels unaccompanied, setting up a pet transport consultation with us is best. We'd be happy to assist! 


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