I was encouraged to see an item in the AA Directions magazine Summer 2011 issue. Headlined as “www.aatravel.co.nz has some new accommodation categories to help refine your search for somewhere to stay or plan your next conference or meeting”, the item goes on to say that pet friendly accommodation is now a specified search on the AA Travel website.
From the homepage, it wasn’t as simple as going to the Accommodation tab and then picking a Pet Friendly category (which is what I expected). I contacted the webmaster and was told
When you search for accommodation, you need to click on the Advanced Search button and choose the relevant criteria.
Here is the link:
And it does work. I’m just a little disappointed that the selection isn’t as prominent as it could be. Still, well done to the AA. It’s a sign of progress for those of us in New Zealand who want to travel with our pets that more accommodation providers are willing to accept pets.