Lufthansa to charge seat fees from next month
Published: 22/10/2013 - Filed under: News »
Lufthansa economy class passengers wanting to reserve a specific seat at the time of booking will have to pay a fee from next month.
News of the charge was originally reported by Business Traveller last month (see news, September 17) and we can now reveal that it will take effect on November 26.
The German carrier has fixed the amount at 10 euros and has also decided to levy a higher sum for emergency exit rows - 20 euros per short-haul flight and 60 euros for long-haul.
It is unclear at present what will happen when passengers book transitting flights. Will they pay one fee or will they pay twice? Business Traveller will inform you as soon as possible.
Lufthansa stresses that passengers can still pre-select their favourite seat when checking-in online up to 23 hours in advance. Although, of course, by then it may already have been taken by another passenger.
The airline says that pre-selection of seating will remain free of charge to its higher ranking loyalty cardholders such as Senator, Hon Circle and companions travelling with them.
GrahamSmith - 22/10/2013 15:23
Alex (who is on the road) writes:
"Lufthansa has confirmed that the seat fee is payable for every flight sector. So a passenger flying London-Frankfurt-London would pay the 10 euro fee twice as would a passenger flying London-Frankfurt-Singapore.
"The same applies to the higher fee for the emergency exit rows. Therefore, a passenger who books the latter for Frankfurt to Singapore and back to Frankfurt would pay a total of 120 euros.
"The fees are optional and apply only to the cheaper economy tariffs."
MarcusUK - 22/10/2013 21:04
Just watch when the aircraft departs when people move rapidly into these seats without paying!
AF and KLM started "Economy Comfort" zones on European flights, from April. Today, on my LHR - AMS flight, these were charged at £15, or £7.50 for Gold card FFP Members, Before the aircraft moved, several businessmen just walked up from Economy and sat here in these seats, clearly without paying. the Frequent Flyers not paying for these seats were stuck at the rear of the plane.
When 4 rows of 6 seats are designated, someone will have to have them and not pay, if it is booked full. Some just choose to move to exit seats or these "special" areas...and the crew do not see or say nothing.
It simply does not work, and frequent flyers are now being ignored, the front seats always were designated for them. Perhaps
So, is it now time for two curtains and 3 class cabins in Europe?
Really, if the Big National Airlines want to charge as the low cost carriers, and have everyone behave on board as they do, then they should reduce fares to £20 and make add on's from there.Not half / Half.
Oh, and that includes not illegally charging the £4.50 for using a credit card on Bookings with KLM or AF from the UK on their UK websites!
Either be Low cost or Not!
Customers are getting very fed up of these creative charges on some Legacy carriers, and will just choose other Airlines.
AMcWhirter - 23/10/2013 15:35
The issue surrounding Lufthansa's intention to charge for advance seat selection is complicated.
So briefly, to clarify the above, the rules are:
* Travellers booking Lufthansa economy class at the lower and restricted booking classes will pay the fee on short-haul routes should they wish to pre-select their seat
* There is no charge for seat selection on long-haul flights with the exception of the emergency exit rows
* Advance seat selection on short-haul flights is available at a fee of 10 euros
* All economy class passengers wishing to have more legroom are able to pre-serve an emergency exit row seat for a fee of 20 euros on short-haul and 60 euros on long-haul routes
* The fees apply per flight.
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