Bought two deep-discount economy tix from AUS-CDG. Original itinerary was AUS-ORD, ORD-CDG, with about 3 hours layover in ORD (early March, when ice is still possible). AA Schedule Change notification gives us about an hour to make the same connection to our ORD-CDG leg. The only earlier AUS-ORD nonstop is very early, with a 5-ish hour layover. Bleh. Also no "A" space, so our SWU's wouldn't necessarily clear at booking. A quick call to the EXP desk got us AUS-DFW-ORD, leaving at a reasonable time from AUS and getting in with about 2.5 hours to spare in ORD. Much more reasonable, and A space open the whole way. So we've added a connection (500 mile minimum + an extra segment towards qualification) but preserved the better layover time. Gotta love schedule changes - they allow you to do things you couldn't otherwise do.