After a domain has passed through any applicable expiration grace period, the domain may go into redemption status.
"Redemption Grace Period" or RGP, is the grace period provided after the registrar has issued a delete request to the registry. Only the previous registrant can recover the domain during this time, and it must be retrieved through the previous registrar. The Redemption Grace Period is named differently for some TLDs; the .org equivalent, for example, is "Pending Delete - Restorable."
Domains in our system can go into either Redemption Grace Period or Extended Redemption Grace Period. Please see the article, Differences between RGP and Extended RGP for more details. For details on how to recover a domain from RGP or ERGP status, please see the article, How to Recover Domains in Redemption Status.
"Pending Delete" refers to the 5-day time frame after redemption. During this time the registry holds the domain and it cannot be recovered. Once the Registry deletes the domain, it becomes available for anyone to purchase as a new domain. It is available on a first-come first-served basis.
To greatly increase your chances of acquiring Pending Delete domains, please create an account with our auction partner, NameJet, and place a backorder on the domain.