What are "Redemption Periods"
Redemption Grace Period (RGP)
The period of time after expiration that a domain registration can be recovered without an additional fee.
Extended Redemption Grace Period (ERGP)
The period of time following the RGP when an expired Domain Name Registration can be recovered. Fee required.
Pending Delete Period (PDP)
The period of time following ERGP and before Delete.
Domain Registrations are deleted from the Registry and once again becomes available for registration.
The Redemption Period Process
After a Domain Name has expired and passd through any applicable expiration grace period, the domain may go into Redemption Status. See the following Knowledgebase article:
What Happens When a Domain Expires
Redemption Grace Period, or RGP, is a time frame during which the registrant can reactivate an expired domain after the registrar has issued a delete command to the registry. Only the previous registrant can retrieve the domain during this time frame, 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. See the Knowledgebase article:
Differences between RGP and Extended RGP
For details on how to recover a domain from RGP or ERGP status, please submit a Support Ticket:
Pending Delete refers to the 5-day timeframe after RGP or ERGP during which 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.