How to Book a Flight on Lufthansa for Your Pet

Lufthansa PlaneIf you plan to travel with your pets, Lufthansa Airlines allows pets either in the cabin or in the cargo hold of its passenger aircrafts, 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.

Accompanied Pets

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 their 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 23 cm. You may use your own carrier if it has the necessary measurement and is watertight and bite-proof. Pets must remain inside the travel container throughout the entire flight.

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 temperature-controlled and pressurized cargo hold. 

Travel Crates for Pets as Cargo:  Your pet's travel crate will need to meet IATA (International Air Transport Association) standards. 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 (learn more about measuring your pet and choosing the right pet travel crate).

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

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

lufthansa pricing

Unaccompanied Pets

There is also the option of unaccompanied animals being carried by Lufthansa Cargo, which is primarily how PetRelocation 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 will be traveling unaccompanied, it is best to set up a pet transport consultation with us. We'd be happy to assist! 

 

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in May 2010 and has been updated with new information.

Author:

PetRelocation Team

Topic:

Air Travel, Airlines

Pet:

Cats, Dogs

Country:

EU

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By Nicole Moore on August 29, 2018 at 9:49 am

Hi, I'm looking to travel my dog with me as cargo on Lufthansa,(from London to Chicago) do I need to book my flight first and then call customer service to book my dog in? Is there a special form to fill in or do I just bring his passport and vaccinations? Thanks!
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By maegan@petrelocation.com on September 10, 2018 at 12:04 pm

Hi Nicole! You should be able to book your pet as "excess baggage" on your flight when you call to book your airline ticket. Pets traveling as "excess baggage" and "manifest cargo" travel in the same cargo hold which is climate controlled & pressurized. Since you will be on the same flight with your pet, you will be responsible for clearing your pet through customs in Chicago. Here are the requirements for importing pets into the US. Hope this helps!
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By Amy Thompson on August 28, 2018 at 9:44 am

I have a dog and 2 Cats looking to fly Lufthansa in January. Are the cats able to ride in the same crate going cargo?
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By cquezada@petrelocation.com on August 28, 2018 at 4:04 pm

Hi Amy!

The answer to this question is typically no, but as with most things travel related, it depends. This blog post elaborates on this exact topic and should help clear up any doubts!
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By Mayra on August 16, 2018 at 11:07 am

Hello!Can the crate/carrier be soft as well? Does the pet carrier need to fit underneath my seat?
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By maegan@petrelocation.com on August 21, 2018 at 9:20 am

Hi Mayra! Yes, the carrier can be a soft-sided carrier as long as it is watertight and bite-proof. Your pet will need to be kept in an appropriate travel carrier measuring not more than 55 x 40 x 23 cm. and must fit under the seat. Pets must remain inside the travel container throughout the entire flight. Hope this helps!
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By Mark Nutland on August 14, 2018 at 12:41 pm

I'm researching options to fly my 2 Bulldogs, (one English, one French) from Hong Kong to UK via Frankfurt. Apart from Lufthansa, are there any other international airlines that still fly snub nose dogs?
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By maegan@petrelocation.com on August 14, 2018 at 2:26 pm

Hi Mark! Lufthansa & Swiss Air are both good options for snubbies. If we can be of assistance with booking your pets' flight, please let us know!
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By Erin on August 14, 2018 at 8:02 am

Hi,I am traveling with 2 cats (both under 8kg) from miami to Berlin. I will travel with another person and would prefer to carry them with me on he plane, as they are nervous cats. Can you tell me if there is a good airline for this?
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By maegan@petrelocation.com on August 14, 2018 at 2:12 pm

Hi Erin! If you are looking to manage your cats' relocation on your own, feel free to check out our booking guide here on the best pet friendly airlines. Hope this helps!
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By thelma scudi on August 13, 2018 at 9:04 pm

need to ship a cat from LAX to VRN (Verona). the cat came from Verona eight months ago. do I need to completely re-certify the health data for this shipment? please and thank you,
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By maegan@petrelocation.com on August 14, 2018 at 3:16 pm

Hi Thelma! As long as the rabies vaccination isstill valid, your pet will need a new health certificate issued by your USDA accredited vet within 10 days of flight. Here are the requirements for moving pets to Italy. Hope this helps!
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By Hayley on August 13, 2018 at 2:53 pm

Hello! I will be traveling from London to Los Angeles with a small dog. Will the dog be allowed in the cabin in premium economy?Thank you!
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By maegan@petrelocation.com on August 14, 2018 at 2:10 pm

Hi Hayley! In our experience, you would need to get approval from Lufthansa on in-cabin routing. Their contact information for their booking service is listed above. Hope this helps!
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By Carol Jones on July 31, 2018 at 12:45 pm

Hi, I'am planning on taking my Maltese dog as carry on baggage with Lufthansa airways and travelling from saudi Arabia too the UK, Will i be able to travel straight too Uk or break up my journey ? i will have all my documentation & pet passport sorted.
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By maegan@petrelocation.com on August 2, 2018 at 12:25 pm

Hi Carol! It is a government rule that pets must arrive into the UK as manifest cargo and cannot travel in-cabin or as excess baggage (tied to a passenger's plane ticket). Also, since Saudi Arabia is not "rabies free" - there is a 4 month planning process to get your pup into the UK from Saudi Arabia. Feel free to check out our UK Import Guide here for additional clarification on the rules. Hope this helps!
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