Traveling in a group can be very stressful, because as the person in charge you have to make sure that all fellow travelers are there and on time and that no one has forgotten important documents.
A group check-in can reduce stress and make the trip more enjoyable for the whole group and save time. You can find out exactly how check-in works as a group in this article.
What is a group check-in?
In the case of group check-in, check-in is done for several passengers at the same time. This means that not every fellow passenger has to check in the flight individually.
Group check-in can be done in several ways: both in person at the airport counter and online. Online check-in is particularly suitable for groups, as this can be done from the comfort of your own home.
The advantages of online group check-in
timeOnline check-in generally saves time and you avoid long queues at the airport counter.
- More convenience
Online group check-in can be done from the comfort of your own home or on the go.
- More flexibility
In most cases, seats can be reserved individually and flexibly for each fellow passenger during online check-in.
- Error avoidance
If the online check-in for all passengers is carried out by one person, then errors during check-in can be reduced and the forgetting of boarding passes can be avoided.
How does an online group check-in work?
Online group check-in is only possible if you have booked the flight for everyone together . In addition, some airlines do not offer online group check-in or have restrictions. In most cases, only groups of up to 9 people can check in online together.
To perform an online group check-in, you usually need to use your airline’s website or mobile app. For check-in, you will need the booking or e-ticket number, personal information of all fellow travelers, information about the respective identification documents and possibly also certain entry documents.
Many airlines also offer the option of reserving a seat for each passenger individually. Please note, however, that depending on the fare and seat, there may be a cost for the reservation.
After online check-in, you will receive all boarding passes and can save, print or send them to the group members. For group travel, we always recommend that you print out all boarding passes and take them with you – in case someone forgets the boarding pass, has deleted the file or no longer has a battery on their mobile phone.
What documents do you need?
Booking number / e-ticket number
The booking number or e-ticket number is a unique number that can be found on the booking documents .
If you have booked the flight for the whole group, then you only have one booking number or e-ticket number.
Depending on the airline and destination, you will need to enter different personal information when checking in online. It is best to make a note of the following data for all fellow travelers:
- The full name (+middle name)
- The date of birth
- The address (street, postcode, city, country)
Passport / Identity card
You will need the passport or identity card number of all fellow travelers, as well as often the expiry and issue date.
It is best to take a photo of all travel documents so that you can easily read all the information at check-in.
In most cases, entry documents must be provided or uploaded directly at online check-in . If you need entry documents (e.g. visa, Covid-19 certificates…) for your destination, then these documents should be sent to you by everyone.
Online group check-in of the airlines
Lufthansa Group Check-in
At Lufthansa, group check-in is possible online as well as individual seat reservations for each passenger.
If you would like to check in your Lufthansa flight online, please take a look at our step-by-step instructions .
Eurowings group check-in
Eurowings offers online check-in for groups. This option can be found on the Eurowings check-in page .
Would you like to check in for your Eurowings flight online? Then take a look at our step-by-step guide now.
Turkish Airlines Group Check-in
Turkish Airlines also allows group tickets to be checked in together.
A detailed step-by-step guide for the Turkish Airlines online check-in can be found here.
Can’t find your airline?
No problem. We have online check-in instructions for many different airlines from all over the world. Simply search for the instructions for your airline at: