To transfer a domain away from 1&1, the following conditions must be met:
Before transferring a domain away from 1&1, please backup all website files, databases, e-mail accounts, and take note of any DNS settings or subdomains created under the domain as no data or configuration will transfer with the domain!
It is suggested to initiate a domain transfer at least 1 month before the domain's expiration to allow ample time. Please read how to Check a Domain's Expiration Date to find out when the domain is going to expire.
If the information needs to be updated, click the Edit All Contacts button and update the information necessary. Check the WHOIS information to make sure the contact details have updated before initiating the transfer request with the Gaining Registrar. This will avoid further complications and extended delays. It may take ~24 hours for the WHOIS information to updated.