Continental, Webvan Alliances Lift Ashford.com

Ashford.com (Nasdaq: ASFD) picked up1/16 to 2 1/16 Friday after the company, which sells luxury and upscaleproducts through its Web site, announced an agreement with ContinentalAirlines and an extended promotion with delivery e-tailer Webvan (Nasdaq: WBVN).

The Continental alliance is a marketing partnership that gives members ofthe airline’s OnePass program the chance to earn miles for spending money onAshford goods through a joint Web site accessible through Continental’sOnePass home page. The two companies will promote the arrangement throughthe site, as well as through newsletters and direct mail.

Purchases totaling US$2,000 atAshford will give a OnePass member enough miles for a free domestic flighton Continental, said Ashford.com chief executive officer Kenny Kurtzman.

The Webvan agreement is an extension of a holiday promotion underway in theSan Francisco and Sacramento, California; Atlanta, Georgia; and Chicago,Illinois, markets. Under that program, customers who place an order of $115 or more receive a $50 gift certificate good for purchases made at Ashford.com.

The companies said they are extending the promotion through Friday, November 24th, due to “popular demand.” The two are also expanding the promotion to include theDallas, Texas; Orange County, Los Angeles and San Diego, California;Portland, Oregon; and Seattle, Washington markets.

“Webvan’s partnerships with companies like Ashford.com demonstrate ourcommitment to giving our customers the ultimate in customer service, andadding value to their Webvan.com shopping experiences,” said Webvan chairmanand chief executive officer George T. Shaheen. “Webvan’s customer base isextremely loyal, and it’s these types of benefits that will keep customers coming backagain and again.”

Ashford.com, based in Houston, Texas, sells products including jewelry,fragrances, watches and corporate gifts.

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