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Get smart to save a buck booking flights out of MEM

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Frontier Airlines began service between Memphis and Denver Friday. Frontier Airlines began service between Memphis and Denver Friday.
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(WMC-TV) - Frontier Airlines and Southwest Airlines are both now serving passengers at Memphis International Airport. Both also consider themselves "low cost airlines," but you need to know how to play the game to get the most bang for your buck.

In order to save money when you fly, you must do your homework. Spending a few minutes to do just that, could go a long way.

Seth Kaplan works for Airline Weekly, a publication covering commercial aviation worldwide. He says travelers can avoid baggage fees of $50 per bag by just being smart when booking with Frontier Airlines.

"If you book Frontier on Orbitz, then you might end up paying more, not just for checked bags, but for carry on bags," suggested Kaplan. "But if you book right on Frontier's website, you're not going to pay those fees."

Frontier Airlines began service between Memphis and Denver Friday. It will fly four days a week, but something to keep in mind is that all flights tend to be cheaper when Frontier flies.

"On the days when Frontier flies, even if you end up booking Delta, Delta will sometimes match or at least come close to matching Frontier's fares," said Kaplan.

Southwest Airlines allows up to two free checked bags every time you fly. But, many travel sites do not include Southwest as part of the search engines.

"You're not going to see Southwest flights show up on Orbitz, for example, so you have to go straight to Southwest.com," Kaplan explained.

When it comes to booking your flight, search nearby airports and do the booking about four to six weeks before you plan to fly. Analysts say that is when airlines get the real bargain seekers to fill the flight before they raise fares at the last minute.

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