On Friday, they found out their Qantas flight from Sydney to Britain had been canceled thanks to a volcano erupting in Iceland. So the Cambridge couple and their two teenage sons squeezed into a 150 Australian dollar ($138) hotel room to wait out the night.
On Saturday, the hotel raised the price of the same room to AU$350 - simply because it could, Andrew said ruefully. After endless negotiations, the hotel brought the price back down to AU$160, but the family, broke and frustrated, opted to move Sunday to a hostel.
Image: A passenger, waits at a check in counter of Lufthansa to catch flight, at New Tokyo International Airport in Narita, near Tokyo on April 19, 2010.
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