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Lufthansa announced today that it will begin to charge a fee for advanced seat assignments on long haul flights in lower level Economy fate classes. This means passengers that are book long haul flights in K, L, S, T, W economy fare classes now can pay €25 at time of booking (or anytime before the check-window opens) and select a seat. Passengers will be able to select a seat at no charge once inside the 23 hour pre-flight check-in period.

The new program is set to begin on April 28 and will be available through travel agents, online at and at Lufthansa kiosks at airports.  There is a €25 fee for each seat reserved in advance.

Up until now passengers traveling in economy were able to select their seats at no cost at time of booking.   Passengers traveling in full fare Economy, Business and First Class will continue to have fee-free seat selection ability as will HON Circle and Senator members.

Star Alliance Elite (Silver / Gold) level flyers that are not Miles & More elites will be subject to this policy.

Award Seats are not affected by this policy change. Passengers booking award seats are not subject to an advanced seat assignment fee.