Tonight I will be leaving Rome to go to Boston, with a stop in Frankfurt. Both legs are operated by Lufthansa, and I already checked-in online and have both boarding passes, but will my checked-in baggage be directly delivered to Boston after I leave it at a drop-off counter or will I have to check it in again at Frankfurt?


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Based on what you've said, you are simply flying two legs on the same airline, booked on the same ticket.

Given this, your luggage will be checked all the way through to Boston. In Frankfurt you will need to go through Passport Control (as you are leaving the Schengen region), however you will not need to collect your baggage - it will be automatically transferred for you.

It's always a good idea to check when you are dropping of your luggage that they do correctly label it as going to Boston - check the tag as they put it on the bag, and/or the receipt they give you for the bag and make sure that it mentioned BOS. In a case like yours (same airline, same ticket) it's very hard for them to make a mistake and get it wrong - but whilst there's humans involved there's always a chance!

  • Thank you very much, I will surely check they label it to go to BOS, I was a bit afraid only because on my boarding pass from Frankfurt to Boston they included the location of the right drop-off point and I tought that meant I had to check-in again. You really relieved me from a lot of stress! Dec 17, 2013 at 8:52

Short answer: Almost certainly yes -- but double check with the check-in agent and then double check the final destination on the baggage stub you get. Longer answer follows.

If you booked both tickets together then definitely yes, it'll be booked as a single journey and your luggage will go to Boston as there's no policy requiring you to recheck luggage in Frankfurt (or inside the EU, that I know about). The only case were you might have to recheck the luggage is on a very long stopover (longer than 24 hours) some airports will not let you do this, but I suspect this is not the case for you.

If you've booked the tickets separately then you'll need to make clear to the agent on the check-in desk that you want the bag checked all the way, and show your passes. As long as the details match on both tickets they should do this. Now, I've had to insist that they do this in the past because their first position might be to say it's impossible, but it's not and they definitely can do it. That was on KLM but Lufthansa should be similar.

If you want backup, and you have separate tickets, contact customer services (contact details) and explain to them.

  • Thank you very much for your answer, I'm really a lot more comfortable now. Yes, I booked both tickets together and my stop-over should last 3 hours, so I expect no problems now! As I explained on the other comment, I was afraid because they sent me instructions for a drop-off point in Frankfurt and I tought that meant something. Dec 17, 2013 at 8:54
  • They probably just included the same information in all the instructions so there are parts that are not applicable to your flight. I'm glad you're more relaxed now. For what it's worth -- 3 hours would be plenty time even if you had to collect and recheck luggage but I'm sure you don't need to.
    – SpaceDog
    Dec 17, 2013 at 9:48
  • Still, it's good advice to always check the stub for the baggage receipt -- as @Doc says, humans can make mistakes.
    – SpaceDog
    Dec 17, 2013 at 9:49
  • I will surely check :) Dec 17, 2013 at 13:00

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