When I booked my flight with Lufthansa, an early seat reservation was available for an extra fee. But I did not want to pay extra so I just skipped this step.

Is it possible for me to check-in online 24h before the departure ? Do I need to pay if I want to select my seat during online checking-in or is it free of charge?

I travelled with other airlines and it was possible to online check-in 24h before departure without additional fee.

  • I've never heard of any airline making you pay to check-in online, so I'm pretty certain you can check-in online for free 24h before
    – blackbird
    Commented Jul 20, 2016 at 20:37
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    In my experience, the check-in for Lufthansa is allowed 23 hours before. So don't be surprised if it doesn't work 24 hours before.
    – AndrejaKo
    Commented Jul 20, 2016 at 21:27
  • Update from a booking on Jan25 2022 - Long haul flight from SFO to BLR involving Air Canada and Lufthansa with 2 kids (2 and 9 years). Air Canada immediately reserved adjacent seats for free (owing to kids) as part of the booking itself. Nothing from Lufthansa so need to check for adjacent seats during check-in (23 hours before departure now)
    – arunskrish
    Commented Jan 25, 2022 at 21:46

4 Answers 4


Seat selection information is available on Lufthansa's site here.

Free seat selection during check-in

You may, of course, choose any of the remaining seats free of charge as soon as check-in for the respective flight begins – usually 23 hours before departure. Please note that selection is limited under these conditions.

Payment information for economy seating is available here.

Free seat selection is also available based on status.

  • Great, so it is possible to select my seat during online checking-in (23 hours before departure) and it is free of charge. that was my question!
    – yaya
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 5:08
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    @yaya Yes. There is an asterisk there, but there's no explanation on the page for what it is though!
    – Berwyn
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 5:16
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    90 Euros to select a seat?! Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 5:26
  • No, it was about 12 Euro if I want to select seat during booking!
    – yaya
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 5:45
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    @Muffo Updated answer
    – Berwyn
    Commented Feb 15, 2018 at 8:01

Yes, however it's when the online check in opens which is currently 23hrs before your flight schedule. This the only way (except having FTL status or higher) you can reserve a seat for FREE on Lufthansa flights. You can find it here in this link (http://www.lufthansa.com/uk/en/Help-and-Contact) by typing in Can I choose a seat when using online check-in?


I booked a ticket through united on Lufthansa flight. I went to Lufthansa website and changed the seat. I got exit row seat on both the flights without any charges


Lufthansa has changed this about early 2015, and any seat assignment now costs money.

If you are not willing to pay, you can wait until you are at the desk in the airport, and then they will assign you a seat for free - that could be an exit row seat, or a dreaded middle seat between two overweight smelly guys; but mostly the latter.

Often, you can book the same flight (for some $/€ less) through a code-share partner, and there you can pick your seat for free at the time of booking. As more and more people learn that, a) all good seats are often gone, and b) Lufthansa is considering adjusting this process (as they lose revenue). I might have missed the change back, as I don't book Lufthansa anymore (see above), but it might have happened already or it might not.

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    Really? I selected my own seats several times this year for free.
    – AndrejaKo
    Commented Jul 20, 2016 at 20:54
  • Then they changed it back already, maybe. Or you booked not the cheapest class, or you are a miles&more member with some status.
    – Aganju
    Commented Jul 20, 2016 at 20:55
  • Well I'm not so good with the number of miles, so I don't think it's that. Maybe they did change something.
    – AndrejaKo
    Commented Jul 20, 2016 at 21:27
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    I've never seen a Lufthansa flight that didn't assign you a seat during online check-in. I haven't been assigned a seat at a checkin desk in years, mainly because they barely exist anymore. And I fly on the cheap tickets. Commented Jul 20, 2016 at 22:53

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