Lufthansa Check-in

Whether you’re using your mobile device or prefer the good old airport check-in option, this website has you covered. View all the Lufthansa check-in options along with the check-in starting and closing times.

Check-in Options


What are my check-in options at Lufthansa?

Passengers flying on Lufthansa can choose from several check-in options that are offered by the airline:

  1. Automated check-in
  2. Online/web check-in 
  3. Mobile app check-in 
  4. Late-night check-in
  5. Kiosk check-in 
  6. Airport check-in 

Check-in Deadlines at Lufthansa 

  1. Lufthansa Automated Check-in (Starting and Closing Time)

The automated check-in service checks you in automatically. Your boarding pass is sent by text or email directly to your mobile phone—from about 23 hours before your flight’s departure. 

  1. If you have a Lufthansa iD profile or are a Miles & More customer, the automated check-in is already enabled for you:
    1. On flights in the Schengen area
    2. For flights booked up to 24 hours before departure (in which case your boarding pass will be sent to you 23 hours before your flight’s departure via email or by text to the mobile number you have entered in your profile.
  2. All self-services will also be available to you—such as: 
    1. Changing your seat 
    2. Home-printed bag tags
    3. Canceling your check-in 
    4. Adding eJournals
    5. Adding frequent flyer card
    6. Adding travel companions
  3. The automated check-in option can be disabled through your customer profile whenever you wish. 
  4. You cannot use automated check-in for flights that do not operate completely in the Schengen Area.
  1. Lufthansa Online Check-in Time
    1. Online check-in starts 23 hours before departure.
    2. Check-in and bag drop-off deadlines vary by airport—typically 3 hours to 1 hour prior to departure. To know your check-in deadline, visit this page, enter your flight details, and click on Display check-in information: https://www.lufthansa.com/us/en/check-in-deadlines

Remember

  1. Before the check-in deadline, you must: 
    1. Obtain your boarding pass—even if you have already checked-in online, through your mobile, or automatically. 
    2. Check in your baggage.
  2. Online check-ins are not available for flights departing from: 
  • Albania
  • Cyprus 
  • Bosnia
  • Croatia
  • Bulgaria
  • Montenegro
  1. Lufthansa Mobile App Checkin Time
    1. Mobile app check-in starts 23 hours before departure.
    2. Check-in and bag drop-off deadlines vary by airport—typically 3 hours to 1 hour prior to departure. To know your check-in deadline, visit this page, enter your flight details, and click on Display check-in information: https://www.lufthansa.com/us/en/check-in-deadlines

Remember

  1. Before the check-in deadline, you must: 
    1. Obtain your boarding pass—even if you have already checked-in online, through your mobile, or automatically. 
    2. Check in your baggage.
  2. Mobile check-in is not available for flights departing from: 
  • Albania
  • Cyprus 
  • Bosnia
  • Croatia
  • Bulgaria
  • Montenegro
  1. Lufthansa Late-Night Check-in Time

Late-night check-in (available at several airports) opens the evening before your flight—and no earlier than 23 hours before your flight’s departure. This option enables you to: 

  • Check in your baggage at a bag drop-off or check-in counter
  • Choose your seat
  • Collect your boarding pass 

You can then proceed directly to your flight the next day.

Remember

Late-night check-in is not available for: 

  • Economy Class passengers (who should check in online or via the mobile app).
  • Flights departing from the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
  • Passengers travelling with pets.
  1. Lufthansa Kiosk Check-in Time

The check-in kiosks (available at most airports) allow you to check in from as early as 23 hours to 1 hour before your flight’s departure. To know your check-in deadline, visit https://www.lufthansa.com/us/en/check-in-deadlines, enter your flight details, and click on Display check-in information.

  1. Lufthansa Airport Check-in Time
    1. Airport check-in time typically starts 2–3 hours before departure. 
    2. Check-in and bag drop-off deadlines vary by airport—typically 3 hours to 1 hour prior to departure. To know your check-in deadline, visit this page, enter your flight details, and click on Display check-in information: https://www.lufthansa.com/us/en/check-in-deadlines

Lufthansa Online Check-in 


A screenshot showing the online check in tab at Lufthansa

Here’s how you can do a web check-in:

  1. Go to Lufthansa.com 
  2. Click on Check-in (lower part of your screen)
    (To log in from your Lufthansa iD or Miles & More account, click on the link that says ‘Log in for check-in’, and follow the on-screen prompts to check in)
  3. Enter your:
  1. First name 
  2. Last name 
  3. Your booking code or ticket number 
  1. Hit the Check-in button 
  2. Follow the prompts to check in

You can also click on the link that says Further check-in options to check in with your:

  1. Booking reference or ticket number 
  2. Frequent Flyer card
  3. Tour operator trip without booking code

When you’re checking in, you will also be able to:

  • Select a seat for yourself 
  • Print your boarding pass 
  • Have your boarding pass sent to your mobile phone, home, or office  
  • Add your frequent flyer number

Passengers Not Eligible for Online Check-in

Passengers with the following types of reservations are not eligible for online check-inand must check in physically at the airport ticket counter:

  • Unaccompanied minors
  • Passengers traveling on age-qualifying fares 
  • Passengers requiring special assistance 
  • Passengers departing from: 
  • Albania
  • Cyprus 
  • Bosnia
  • Croatia
  • Bulgaria
  • Montenegro

Mobile App Check-in


You can check in with Lufthansa’s mobile app by logging in, entering your flight details, and confirming your check-in. Once you check in, you will receive your electronic boarding pass.

Lufthansa’s mobile app not only lets you check in for your flight and download your boarding pass, but also : 

  • Book flights 
  • Make changes to your flight 
  • Cancel your flight
  • Check/share your flight status 
  • Make/cancel car reservations
  • Access your Rapid Rewards account
  • View weather and travel alerts
  • Access useful airport information
  • Use express check out 

Passengers Not Eligible for Mobile Check-in

Passengers with the following types of reservations are not eligible for mobile check-inand must check in physically at the airport ticket counter:

  • Unaccompanied minors
  • Passengers traveling on age-qualifying fares 
  • Passengers requiring special assistance 
  • Passengers departing from: 
  • Albania
  • Cyprus 
  • Bosnia
  • Croatia
  • Bulgaria
  • Montenegro

Lufthansa Automated Check-in 

Lufthansa’s automated check-in service checks you in automatically, and sends your boarding pass by text or email directly to your mobile phone—from about 23 hours before your flight’s departure.

If you have a Lufthansa iD profile or are a Miles & More customer, the automated check-in is already enabled for you:

  1. On flights in the Schengen area
  2. For flights booked up to 24 hours before departure (in which case your boarding pass will be sent to you 23 hours before your flight’s departure via email or by text to the mobile number you have entered in your profile.

With automated check-in, all self-services are available to you—such as: 

  1. Changing your seat 
  2. Home-printed bag tags
  3. Canceling your check-in 
  4. Adding eJournals
  5. Adding frequent flyer card
  6. Adding travel companions

Remember

  • You can disable the automated check-in through your customer profile whenever you wish. 
  • You cannot use automated check-in for flights that do not operate completely in the Schengen Area.

Lufthansa Late-Night Check-in 

Late-night check-in (available at several airports) opens the evening before your flight—but no earlier than 23 hours before your flight’s departure. Late-night check-ins allow you to: 

  • Choose your seat
  • Collect your boarding pass 
  • Check your baggage at a bag drop-off or check-in counter

You can then proceed directly to your flight the next day.

Remember

Late-night check-in is not available for: 

  • Economy Class passengers (who should check in online or via the mobile app).
  • Flights departing from the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
  • Passengers travelling with pets.

Lufthansa Self-Service Kiosk Check-in at the Airport


To check in at an airport self-service bag kiosk: 

  • You must possess your boarding pass (issued on your smartphone, online, or at a check-in machine) 
  • You must have your valid travel documents 

Note. If you’re traveling with excess or special baggage, you will need to contact a staff member at a bag drop-off counter.

Availability of Self-Service Kiosks 

The self-service kiosk check-in facility is available at the following airports:

In GermanyOutside Germany 
StuttgartBillund, Denmark
BerlinDublin, Ireland
MunichLondon, UK
HamburgOslo, Norway
FrankfurtStockholm, Sweden

Passengers Not Eligible for Self-Service Kiosk Check-in

Passengers with the following types of reservations are not eligible for self-service check-inand will need to check in at the airport ticket counter:

  • Passengers traveling with paper tickets 
  • Passengers who need special assistance 
  • Minor children travelling alone 
  • Passengers flying with a pet
  • People who have purchased an age-qualifying fare 

Lufthansa Airport Check-in
Airport check-ins typically start 2–3 hours prior to departure. Check-in and bag drop-off deadlines vary by airport. To know the exact airport check-in time and deadline:

  • Enter your flight details
  • Click on Display check-in information

Lufthansa Boarding Process

Lufthansa’s boarding process on continental routes follows the sequence below. 

Boarding Priority Includes
Pre-boardingPassengers travelling with babies and small children below 5 years, unaccompanied minors, and reduced mobility passengers 
Group 1HON Circle Members, Senators, Star Alliance Gold Card members
Group 2Business Class and Economy Flex passengers
Group 3Window-seat Economy Class passengers with companions
Group 4Middle-seat Economy Class passengers with companions
Group 5Aisle-seat Economy Class passengers 
NotePassengers checking in together will be allotted the same boarding group and can board together. 

Lufthansa Quick Boarding Gates


Lufthansa’s Quick Boarding Turnstiles 

You can use Lufthansa’s Quick Boarding turnstiles at select gates in Munich, Frankfurt, and several other airports across the world. These gates allow you to board your aircraft faster and more conveniently.

How Quick Boarding Works


To avail of quick boarding: 

  • Place your boarding pass on the scanner, keeping the barcode face down. 
  • You will let through after a short verification process. 

If any last-minute changes have been made, such as a change of seat, etc., the machine will print out of a new coupon with the updated information. 


Frequently Asked Questions on Lufthansa Check-in

  • Lufthansa’s online (and mobile app) check-in time starts 23 hours before departure and typically ends 3 hours to 60 minutes before departure, depending on which airport you’re flying from. To know the exact check-in deadlines, visit the check-in and bag drop-off deadlines page. 
  • Lufthansa’s automated check-in service checks you in automatically. Your boarding pass is sent by text or email directly to your mobile phone—from about 23 hours before your flight’s departure. 
  • Lufthansa’s late-night check-in, available at select airports, opens the evening before your flight (but no earlier than 23 hours before departure). This option allows you to check in your baggage at a bag drop-off or check-in counter, choose your seat, and collect your boarding pass—so that you can proceed directly to your flight the next day. However, this option may not be available if you’re holding an Economy Class ticket, or departing from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, or travelling with a pet. 
  • Lufthansa’s airport check-in time typically starts 2–3 hours before departure and ends 60 minutes before departure. However, the cut-off deadlines vary by airport. To know your exact check-in and bag drop-off deadlines, click on this link, enter your flight details, and click on ‘Display check-in information’.

You can check in for your Lufthansa flight in several ways: 

  1. Online or via the mobile app   
  2. Via automated check-in
  3. Via late-night check-in
  4. At Lufthansa’s airport counter

Lufthansa web check-in starts 23 hours before departure and typically ends 3 hours to 60 minutes before departure, depending on which airport you’re flying from. For the check-in deadlines, visit this page: www.lufthansa.com/us/en/check-in-deadlines. 

You can use the Lufthansa online check-in option to not only check in for your flight but also choose a seat, print your boarding pass, have your boarding pass sent to your mobile phone, home, or office, and add your frequent flyer number. 

Lufthansa web check-in allows you to check in for your flight from Lufthansa’s website. To check in from the website, go to the homepage (Lufthansa.com), click on the ‘Check-in’ tab, enter your name and booking code or ticket number, select your flight, and complete the check-in process. You’ll have the option to download your boarding pass or print it at home.

Not necessarily—Lufthansa offers several options to passengers for checking in. You can check in with your mobile app, via automated check-in, via late-night check-in, or at the airport (kiosk/check-in counter).

Lufthansa’s online check-in time starts 23 hours before departure. The closing time ranges from 1 – 3 hours before departure, depending on your airport. For the exact check-in deadlines, visit the check-in and bag drop-off deadlines page. 

Yes, you can, but you’ll have to collect your boarding pass from the check-in counter.

You can cancel your check-in at Lufthansa by clicking on the link you received on your mobile boarding pass. 

You can obtain your Lufthansa boarding pass after your check in for your flight—online, via the mobile app, or at the airport kiosk/check-in counter.


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