There's still hope for people in other cities as well. The deals aren't quite as good, but there are flights from $520 out of Chicago and from $594 out of Seattle to Frankfurt.
For Chicago, use the same process above, only use ORD as your departure airport and FRA as your arrival airport with the outbound advanced routing code "o:ua+ /f bc=K," and use that same one for the return advanced routing code. Do the exact same thing for Seattle, except use the departure airport code SEA.
Those are all a good deal cheaper than the $1,000 plus that a flight to Germany can generally run you, especially from the west coast of the U.S. Some of those flights even get you into Germany in time to hitch a train to Munich for Oktoberfest on Sept. 17. That's a decision you won't regret unless you regret eating delicious food.
h/t The Flight Deal