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Six reasons why we love flying Lufthansa with kids

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We’ve flown many different airlines since having kids. Our experiences flying with kids have ranged from extraordinarily good to get-me-out-of-here-as-fast-as-possible. One of our consistent favorite airlines to fly with kids is German-based Lufthansa. Between their routes and those of Star Alliance partner airlines, you can travel almost anywhere in the world, often without too much advance planning. There are good reasons for Lufthansa ranking #7 worldwide and #1 in Europe for 2017. Why is Lufthansa our favorite airline? Let me count the ways:

  1. Real priority boarding for families – especially important if you’re traveling with a newborn or young infant. We walked up to the gate (past the hoards of people in line) when boarding began and were some of the first on the plane – even before first and business classes. Check out these other sanity-saving airport hacks. And make sure to get your baby a passport well in advance.
  2. You can use your car seat on Lufthansa. Unlike some European carriers, they never tried to dissuade me from installing a rear facing car seat even if it meant less recline for the row in front. The true family pre-boarding allows plenty of time to install the car seat and even make harness adjustments if necessary. Lufthansa flight attendants have even offered help with car seat installation if I needed it. So bring your baby on board Lufthansa! Wondering just how to manage bringing a car seat when you travel? Get allll the details here.

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  3. Lufthansa meals for kids are actually pretty decent! On our recent flight the kids received chicken tenders (pre-sliced, fortunately for mom and dad), mac & cheese and steamed carrots for their hot dish. Their dinner also came with a roll, pasta salad topped with cucumber slices, crackers and cheese, fresh fruit and jello. There were so many choices that even picky kids can find a few foods to keep them full and happy for a long flight. flying Lufthansa with kids, Lufthansa kids meal
  4. Lufthansa inflight entertainment offers a great selection of kids movies. They seem to have an agreement with Dreamworks, so our kids watched “Trolls” and “Sing” on repeat for 12 hours. The touch screen entertainment system also has a USB port, so when the kids wanted to switch to the Fire tablets we could plug in to avoid battery drain.
  5. Lufthansa’s in-flight service is always frequent and friendly. Your international flight will start with the crew visiting each child to bring an age-appropriate activity and even a snack! Our kids each got a bag of gummy airplanes, and (almost) 3yo Shoshana got a sticker kit while 5yo Jacob received a simple board game (complete with cardboard airplanes for him to assemble, which was a great activity for him on its own). During the flight it felt like we were offered food or beverages every hour. Even during the middle of the night, the crew quietly came through every hour or two with trays of water cups. Lufthansa in-flight entertainment system, Lufthansa movies for kids, flying Lufthansa with toddler
  6. Lufthansa’s frequent flyer award ticket inventory through United is usually quite generous. We rack up tons of United miles through our MileagePlus Explorer card and can almost always redeem them for Lufthansa (or another primo carrier) on routes we like to travel. We all know that travel with kids is expensive even if it’s great in so many other ways, so knocking out the huge cost of four plane tickets is key for our ability to pursue international travel with kids.

Are you lucky enough to be flying Business Class? Check out tips for how to do it with kids!

Pro tip: You can score up to 65,000 United miles when you open a MileagePlus Explorer card. What does that get you? A lot! United allows both stop-overs and open jaws on their roundtrip award tickets, so we were able to fly from LA to Paris, Paris to Dubrovnik and Zagreb back to LA all for only 60,000 miles each.

Related: Want to really streamline your travel with kids? Learn how to pack light!


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We've flown many airlines to Europe with our kids over the years, but one repeatedly impresses us. Read on to find out all about flying Lufthansa with kids and why we love to fly Lufthansa to Europe.

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5 thoughts on “Six reasons why we love flying Lufthansa with kids”

  1. That sounds great! I have to admit that I never really paid attention to which airlines does what but I always quite liked Air France (i think they are quite similar to Lufthansa) and actually Easyjet! Even though it’s low cost, it’s very convenient if you travel with kids; priority boarding and you can check in -free of charge- some baby items with you; stroller, carseat, Babybed etc.

  2. Kids friendly, seriously? I had to pay 40$ per seat to insure my kids sit next to me? And Lufthansa mentions on their website kids under 11 travel at 75% fare which is false (maybe on internal routes). So not friendly at all, except the early booking for infants, a privilege that goes away very fast, in 2 years or so, after which you’ll pay at least 40$ per seat or risk your 3 years old to have less priority seating than the person who paid to have more leg room. How kids friendly is that?

    • I’m so sorry that was your experience! Often you can message airlines right after booking to ask for them to assign you seats together if you’re traveling with a young child. I’ve almost always had success with that route though unfortunately carriers around the globe have move toward paid seat assignments.

      I hope you’re able to find an airline that works for your family on your next trip!

      Safe travels,


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